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For Marine, a rush to judgment and a belated vindication

As William C. Rodriguez inspected the badly decomposed bodies of two Iraqis, he was troubled by the large crowd of observers in the military's national morgue at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Published November 30, 2011

Protesters rally in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, to condemn a NATO airstrike on Pakistani troops that killed 24 along the nation's border with Afghanistan. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Pakistan secretly helps, publicly hits U.S. interests

Pakistan has cooperated secretly with the U.S. on several war-fighting missions in an odd-couple alliance that also sees factions in Islamabad backing the fiercest American enemy. Published November 26, 2011

** FILE ** Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Jeremy Lock/Special to The Washington Times)

House panel seeks briefing on senator's contacts with Pentagon IG

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the Pentagon inspector general to report whether Sen. Carl M. Levin is trying to influence the wording of a report that exonerates a Pentagon war-briefing program. Published November 18, 2011

** FILE ** Army Maj. Sequana Robinson models a woman's combat uniform on Saturday, March 31, 2011, at Fort Belvoir, Va. (Associated Press)

Agreement elusive on women in combat

Top defense officials are grappling to find a unified position on whether to allow women in direct ground combat, as the Pentagon prepares a landmark report to Congress on the military's coed future. Published November 17, 2011

Attack on Iran could risk Gulf oil supplies

Iran is contemplating violently shutting down shipping in the Persian Gulf as one of several counterattack options if Israel strikes its nuclear facilities, regional and intelligence analysts say. Published November 14, 2011

FILE - In this April 30, 2011 file photo, the King George County, Va. Landfill is seen. Military sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information publicly, have confirmed that the King George County, Va. landfill was used to bury cremated portions of war remains, a practice halted three years ago. (AP Photos/The Free Lance-Star, Peter Cihelka)

Military mortuary draws scrutiny

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday ordered new reviews into mismanagement at the military's national mortuary. He said he wants the Air Force to determine if there were reprisals against whistle-blowers and if those who oversaw remains of fallen heroes were disciplined adequately. Published November 10, 2011

'YELLING AND SCREAMING': Leon E. Panetta told the House Armed Services Committee that deep budget cuts would be "truly devastating." (Associated Press)

Critics on left hit Pentagon on talk of budget disasters

Left-leaning Pentagon critics are panning congressional testimony by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and his top officers, who warned of catastrophes if the military is forced to cut $1 trillion if congressional budget talks fail. Published November 6, 2011

** FILE ** Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat

Senator pushes for last word on Bush-era war briefings

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is intervening with a Pentagon investigator to influence the final wording of a report that exonerates George W. Bush-era officials who gave war briefings to retired military TV and radio commentators. Published November 3, 2011

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army,right, and Gen. David M. Rodriguez wait to be introduced during Forces Command Assumption of command ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C., Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

Service chiefs warn $1T cut would be 'catastrophic'

The Army's top officer told Congress on Wednesday that he would have to cancel nearly every new weapons system now planned if automatic, across-the-board spending cuts of $1 trillion-plus hit the Pentagon. Published November 2, 2011

General: Cuts risk Marines' war-fighting missions

A top Marine Corps general told Congress on Thursday that cutting the Corps to 150,000 Marines, as some analysts project, would mean it could not fulfill its mission during a major war, or respond adequately to crises and humanitarian disasters around the world. Published October 27, 2011

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter, like this one used for training, was shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan, killing all aboard. A special-operations officer questions the use of the craft for such "hot-LZ" purposes. (U.S. Navy photograph via Associated Press)

Full story of SEAL mission in question

U.S. Central Command released hundreds of pages of interviews and exhibits that showed there were at least two tactical moves that came in for second-guessing. Published October 24, 2011

Key general: Iraq pullout plan a 'disaster'

President Obama's decision to pull all U.S. forces out of Iraq by Dec. 31 is an "absolute disaster" that puts the burgeoning Arab democracy at risk of an Iranian "strangling," said an architect of the 2007 troop surge that turned around a losing war. Published October 23, 2011

** FILE ** Jalaluddin Haqqani, then the supreme commander of the Taliban army, talks with reporters in Miram Shah in Pakistan's Waziristan region in 1998. (AP Photo/Mohammad Riaz, File)

U.S. pegs Haqqani as most lethal foe

The family criminal enterprise known as the Haqqani Network conducts terrorist attacks inside Afghanistan by keeping in constant phone contact with its suicide bombers before and during attacks. Published October 17, 2011

Panetta warns of retreat in Africa because of budget cuts

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday warned Congress that automatic cuts in defense spending would force the Pentagon to reduce its presence in some trouble spots, including Africa, a hotbed of al Qaeda franchise groups. Published October 13, 2011

Activists push partner benefits for military gays

A prominent gay advocacy group has issued a five-point manifesto of new rights it wants from the U.S. military since the Sept. 20 repeal of the longtime ban on open homosexuals in the ranks. Published October 6, 2011

Report: Budget cuts would hollow military

A new congressional report spells out in detail how the military would become "hollow" if Congress' super committee fails to agree on deficit reductions and $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts kick in. Published September 29, 2011