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This undated publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Navy SEALs seen through the greenish glow of night vision goggles, as they prepare to breach a locked door in Osama Bin Laden's compound in Columbia Pictures' hyper-realistic new action thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley)

CIA's harsh interrogation tactics crucial in bin Laden capture

Senate Democrats' argument that harsh CIA interrogations played no role in finding Osama bin Laden revolves in crucial ways around the life of Hassan Ghul, who turned out to be the most informative biographer of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, who eventually led the CIA to bin Laden's home address in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Published December 25, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is awaiting an Army decision on whether he will face criminal charges for walking off his base in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and becoming an enemy captive until last May. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Army's options limited in Bergdahl case

The Army would have to give Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl an honorable discharge because he is past his active duty commitment, unless it proceeded with a court martial, a legal expert says. Published December 21, 2014

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Cutting Pentagon bureaucracy, improving efficiency proves daunting

Just how daunting a battle it can be to reform a bureaucracy as large and as stubborn as the Department of Defense can be seen in the survival of a secretive club whose membership comprises boards that handle security clearances. Published December 7, 2014

Witnesses testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee  on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 14, 2010, about U.S.  policy toward Iran's nuclear program are, from left to right:  Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, Marine General James Cartwright, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama's inner circle seen as awkward fit for Flournoy

Passing muster in President's Obama's protective inner circle could have been daunting for Michele Flournoy, whose ranking as defense secretary frontrunner collapsed in 24 hours. Published November 26, 2014

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before the House Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) **FILE**

CIA detected no 'credible threat' before Benghazi attacks

The CIA's main reason for setting up shop in Benghazi was to uncover the plans of al Qaeda-linked extremists, yet its officers there detected no sign that terrorists were set to launch the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and the agency's own compound, a new House Intelligence Committee report shows. Published November 23, 2014