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** FILE ** In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

Lack of strike force impeded Benghazi response

As U.S. Africa Command waited for any order to rescue Americans on Sept. 11 at the besieged consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, it was missing a key unit that the Pentagon gives every regional four-star commander — an emergency strike force. Published October 28, 2012

**FILE** Libyans gather Sept. 12, 2012, at the gutted U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (Associated Press)

Pentagon mum on Libya response

The Pentagon is staying mum on why combat assets were not immediately sent to Benghazi, Libya, to aid the U.S. Consulate under attack by militants for hours on Sept. 11. Published October 24, 2012

Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley is fighting back, appealing a negative performance evaluation. (U.S. Army)

Colonel’s class on radical Islam leaves career in limbo

When Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley last year began teaching a class to fellow officers on the dangers of radical Islam, he seemed to have landed in a perfect spot. Today, Col. Dooley finds himself at a dead end while being targeted for criticism by American Islamic groups and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Published October 14, 2012

** FILE ** A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi after the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

Pentagon quickly eyed al Qaeda despite White House claims

The day after the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, military intelligence was spreading the word inside the Pentagon that an al Qaeda-linked group was likely responsible. Published October 2, 2012

**FILE** U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division, the last American unit to leave Iraq, arrive at Camp Virginia in Kuwait. (Associated Press)

Social Security numbers of military heroes posted online

The Social Security numbers of some of the nation's most highly decorated Army war heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan were posted this week by a civilian contractor on a publicly available website. Published September 28, 2012

**FILE** Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (Associated Press)

Official warns Pentagon managers not to plan for budget cuts

The Pentagon's No. 2 official has issued a new warning to Defense Department civilians and commanders not to make any plans for automatic budget cuts that are set to take effect Jan. 2, even as Congress and the White House show no sign of halting the cuts. Published September 27, 2012

This book cover image released by Dutton shows "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden," by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer. (Associated Press/Dutton)

Pentagon issues rules on how to discuss SEAL's book

The Pentagon's top intelligence official has issued guidance on how to read and discuss "No Easy Day," an ex-Navy SEAL's unauthorized account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Published September 25, 2012

Afghan security guards stand by the remnants of a tire burned during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, in February. In recent years, allied troops lived and trained with their Afghan counterparts. But killings of allied troops took a toll in trust. The Pentagon said Tuesday that it has stopped training Afghan troops and working with them below battalion level. (Associated Press)

Pentagon ends more mingling of U.S., Afghan troops

The 2-year-old U.S. practice of mixing American and Afghan forces 24 hours a day has produced cultural clashes that have led to an increase of "green-on-blue" slayings of U.S. troops in which Afghan security personnel turn their weapons on their trainers, says an adviser to U.S. commanders and policymakers. Published September 18, 2012

**FILE** Osama bin Laden

Details of bin Laden raid leaked first by Obama aides

The Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to publicize details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, even as it threatens to file criminal charges against a former Navy SEAL because he provided the same type of mission rundown in his recently published book. Published September 16, 2012

U.S. troops fear for safety after tense transfer

The U.S. military on Monday turned over its main battlefield prison and about 3,000 inmates to the Afghan government amid fears that the regime may release hundreds of Taliban insurgents who pose a danger to American troops. Published September 10, 2012

This book cover image released by Dutton shows "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden," by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer. (Associated Press/Dutton)

Book publicist says ex-SEAL author is in hiding

Don't look for former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette on the airways promoting his account of the raid on Osama bin Laden in a book that the Pentagon and special operations community wished he had never written. Published September 8, 2012

** FILE ** Members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) listen to a speech during a ceremony presenting new uniforms for the ALP at Gizab village of Uruzgan province, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

U.S. seeks more scrutiny to stop Afghan insider attacks

The U.S. military command in Afghanistan is hoping that intrusive scrutiny of applicants for the country's security forces will curb a streak of insider attacks that have killed a dozen U.S. service members last month alone. Published September 2, 2012