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U.S. Navy SEALs in action. (U.S. Navy photo)

Obama runs special forces into the ground

America's in-demand global force against terrorists is showing signs of stress and appears to be gliding toward a decline in readiness, says a Pentagon budget overview on special operations forces. Published March 11, 2014

**FILE** U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, secure the area after exiting a Chinook helicopter, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, on June 18, 2006. Insurgents shot down on Aug. 6, 2011, a U.S. military helicopter similar to this one shown during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as seven Afghan commandos, U.S. officials said. (Associated Press)

Obama's bin Laden leaks put target on Navy SEALs

Citing former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' memoir, the father of a National Guardsman whose son was killed in Afghanistan is blaming White House leaks about the Osama bin Laden raid for the Taliban's downing of a transport helicopter that killed his son, 17 members of SEAL Team 6 and 12 other U.S. troops. Published March 3, 2014

Army Gen. Carter Ham has testified that he had told Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the Joint Chiefs chairman, that Americans in Benghazi were under attack by terrorists, not demonstrators. He said both men agreed. (Associated Press)

Unasked questions fog facts on Benghazi

Republican lawmakers have failed to pin down senior military officials on how they characterized the Benghazi attack to the White House and President Obama on Sept. 11, 2012, the day terrorists stormed a U.S. diplomatic mission and bombed a CIA annex in the eastern Libyan city. Published March 2, 2014

The Pentagon. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Pentagon official defends ill-fated SEAL mission

A senior Pentagon official testified Thursday that commanders failed to achieve the element of surprise "that was planned and anticipated" on Aug. 6, 2011, when the Taliban shot down a transport helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 30 U.S. troops, including 17 members of the Navy's SEAL Team Six. Published February 27, 2014

Army strong? Pentagon looks to field 50,000 fewer soldiers

The Obama administration is taking another huge chunk out of the soldier force just a few months after Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army chief of staff, presented a carefully planned three-year drawdown that called for 50,000 more troops. Published February 25, 2014