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USDA gay-sensitivity training seeks larger audience

U.S. Department of Agriculture activists want to impose their intense brand of homosexual sensitivity training government-wide, including a discussion that compares "heterosexism" — believing marriage can only can be between one man and one woman — to racism. Published June 17, 2011

Col. Moammar Gadhafi's portrait hangs behind a window that reflects people from several African countries gathering this week at the dictator's Bab al-Aziziya compound, a regular target of NATO airstrikes in Tripoli, Libya.

Rumbles on Hill as Gadhafi hangs on

Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's tenacious hold on power forced NATO on Wednesday to extend its mission to protect civilians and caused consternation on Capitol Hill over U.S. involvement in the North African conflict. Published June 1, 2011

Couriers enabled bin Laden to hide

Tracking terrorist messaging systems and clandestine couriers became a critical U.S. intelligence mission years before an al Qaeda courier led U.S. special operations forces to Osama bin Laden's hide-out in Pakistan. Published May 11, 2011

SEALs are standing taller after secret raid

After the U.S. responded to the Sept. 11 attacks by investing billions of dollars to revive neglected special operations forces, it was only fitting that Navy SEALs earned the glory of killing the most wanted terrorist in history. Published May 2, 2011

Pro-Gadhafi forces changing tactics

Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's armed forces have shifted tactics to adapt to NATO'S limited airstrikes in support of poorly organized rebels who don't think the European allies are flying enough missions. Published April 18, 2011

First Lieutenant Ungaro and Second Lieutenant Tilly standby as EOD preps a robot at an IED site in Iraq. (U.S. Army)

Taliban alters its deadly IED tactics

Insurgents in Afghanistan have changed tactics in how they place deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs), prompting a war-veteran congressman to propose a relatively simple technique to find and detonate them. Published April 6, 2011

Europe relies on U.S. power again

Even under NATO command, the U.S. military will do the bulk of the fighting in Libya — even as the Obama administration argues that this is Europe's conflict to lead, not America's. Published March 31, 2011

Military indoctrinated on gays kissing, behavior

Four branches of the military have begun sending training material to 2.2 million active and reserve troops as a prelude to opening the ranks to gays, with instructions on, for example, what to do if an officer sees two male Marines kissing in a shopping mall. Published March 22, 2011

Diversity panel wants military to look like U.S.

Just as the U.S. military is indoctrinating troops to accept open gays in their ranks, a federal commission is pressing the Pentagon to make the force more diverse by, among other ideas, opening infantry and armor units to women. Published March 17, 2011

Retired brass oppose Libya action

Former U.S. military officers are warning against any direct military action in Libya and other unsettled Arab nations, as the Pentagon works furiously on a list of options to give the president. Published March 3, 2011

Combat troops to get gay sensitivity training

American combat troops will get sensitivity training directly on the battlefield about the military's new policy on gays instead of waiting until they return to home base in the United States, the senior enlisted man in Afghanistan said Thursday. Published February 24, 2011

Ex-pilots shoot down timeline of Navy

A foundation set up to celebrate Navy aviation's 100th birthday has disavowed an official history on its website, after former combat pilots complained of inaccuracies and political correctness. Published February 20, 2011

Mubarak's military vital to free elections

Deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak spent three decades in office hand-picking his military generals on the basis of absolute loyalty to his regime, not to any Islamic or democracy movement, analysts on one of the world's largest armies say. Published February 13, 2011

Flanked by physicist Edward Teller (left) and Lt. Gen. James A. Abrahamson, director of the Strategic Defense Initiative, President Reagan arrives to address a conference marking the first five years of the SDI program on March 14, 1988, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Reagan the commander in chief of rearming

When Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, he inherited a broken all-volunteer military force, still reeling from the traumas of the post-Vietnam era. When he left the White House eight years later, he left the nation a well-equipped, highly professional military on which the country has depended for three decades. Published February 3, 2011

Key military, intelligence assets imperiled in Egypt

U.S. military and intelligence agencies would lose vital air, land and sea assets if Egypt falls into the hands of radical Islamists, as Iran did in 1979, foreign policy analysts say. Published January 31, 2011