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'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

Pentagon downplays ending of 'don't ask, don't tell'

The United States formally ends a decades-old ban on open gays in the ranks on Tuesday, a historic day that the military services hope will pass as routinely as roll calls, marching and lights-out. Published September 19, 2011

Republicans seek a ceiling on defense cuts

Republicans on Capitol Hill are floating the idea of a ceiling for defense cuts mandated by the deficit-reduction supercommittee that would not exceed $150 billion over 10 years. Published September 14, 2011

This July 2009 photo from the Arabic-language website shows a man it identifies as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in detention at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. ( via Associated Press)

Methodical approach slows start of Mohammed trial

The military officer overseeing the prosecution of Khalid Sheik Mohammed is taking a go-slow approach that would bring the confessed Sept. 11 mastermind to trial months, or perhaps years, from now. Published September 9, 2011