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  • House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican, said he will not include legalization in the main bill he introduces, which means it will be up to someone else to offer an amendment in the committee or on the floor. The panel will begin debating the defense policy bill at the end of this month and hold a full committee vote May 7. (Associated Press)

    American Legion shoots down idea to tie immigration to military service

    The American Legion says it is opposed to trying to tie immigration into the annual defense policy debate, calling it an unacceptable "amnesty" and dealing a serious blow to Republicans desperate to pass some sort of legalization of illegal immigrants ahead of November's elections.

  • Dems seek end to Benghazi probe; GOP presses ahead

    House Democrats on Wednesday demanded an end to a Republican-led investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, calling the probe a partisan "witch hunt." Republicans rejected those calls and pledged to press ahead.

  • House GOP pursues Benghazi 'stand down' probe

    A House Republican chairman is doggedly pursuing the question of whether military personnel were told to "stand down" during the 2012 deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, despite the insistence of military leaders and other Republicans that it never happened.

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives to brief reporters at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where he recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Congress skeptical about plan to shrink military

    The Obama administration's push for a smaller, nimbler military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years battling the Pentagon's vision for a new security strategy.

  • J. Christopher Stevens

    EDITORIAL: Blind in Benghazi

    Mystery continues to swirl around the Obama administration's failure to respond to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, but some questions are being answered.

  • Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has included in the defense budget an order for the Army to consider ready-made systems for processing battlefield data.
(Associated Press)

    Howard 'Buck' McKeon, Armed Services chairman, to retire

    Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has decided to retire after 11 terms.

  • An officer who said he was with the Department of Defense (right) and Navy personnel stand guard inside the gate of the closed Washington Navy Yard on Tuesday. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    Navy Yard shootings expose a flawed security clearance system

    The government system that provided Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis a "secret" security clearance has been beset by problems.

  • ** FILE ** A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 13, 2012, after an attack two days earlier that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. (Associated Press)

    Congress will hear from Africa special forces commander on Benghazi attack

    House Republicans will hear behind closed doors from a senior U.S. Marine Corps officer who was responsible for special forces in Africa on the night of last year's deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, despite what some GOP members are saying was an effort by the Pentagon to hide him.

  • The Navy has suspended the planned deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney (above) because of the looming sequester budget cuts. The Truman recently completed a composite unit training exercise, which certified the strike group as ready to deploy, but it will be staying in Norfolk, Va., for the time being. (U.S. Navy)

    Pentagon aims ax to make a point with sequester cuts, uses worst-case scenarios to force deal

    The Obama administration is putting attention-getting Pentagon projects on the chopping block in a bid to pressure Congress into making a deal that avoids $46 billion in military budget cuts March 1, analysts and congressional officials say.

  • Affleck calls for stronger US leadership in Congo

    With an atypical audience _ members of Congress _ actor and director Ben Affleck read from a script with a pointed message: A desperate humanitarian situation in Congo requires a stronger display of U.S. leadership, and it will get worse without one.

  • **FILE** Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat (Associated Press)

    Detention bill cleared, but language no clearer

    Senators had vowed to use the annual defense debate to clear up lingering questions about indefinite detention of U.S. citizens after last year's go-around — but the bill they cleared this week only added to the confusion.

  • House committee backs East Coast missile-defense site

    The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday backed construction of a missile-defense site on the East Coast, rejecting Pentagon arguments that the facility is unnecessary and Democratic complaints that the nearly $5 billion project amounts to wasteful spending in a time of tight budgets.

  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives April 19, 2012, on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Armed Services Committee about recent developments with the crisis in Syria. (Associated Press)

    No plan for U.S. military intervention in Syria, officials say

    Top Pentagon officials on Thursday said the U.S. policy on Syria would continue to rely on diplomatic and economic pressure on the regime while providing humanitarian and nonlethal support to the Syrian people.

  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives April 19, 2012, on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Armed Services Committee about recent developments with the crisis in Syria. (Associated Press)

    Pentagon: We'll be ready if needed for Syria

    The U.S. military is working on additional ways to try to halt the unending violence in Syria, but diplomacy remains the foremost option, Pentagon leaders told Congress on Thursday.

  • **FILE** Rep. Justin Amash, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

    GOP weighs changes to indefinite detention law

    Facing a conservative backlash, House Republicans are working to change a new law that allows the indefinite detention without trial of terrorist suspects, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation's borders.

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