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U.S. Navy SEALs in action. (U.S. Navy photo)

Obama runs special forces into the ground

America's in-demand global force against terrorists is showing signs of stress and appears to be gliding toward a decline in readiness, says a Pentagon budget overview on special operations forces. Published March 11, 2014

**FILE** U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, secure the area after exiting a Chinook helicopter, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, on June 18, 2006. Insurgents shot down on Aug. 6, 2011, a U.S. military helicopter similar to this one shown during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as seven Afghan commandos, U.S. officials said. (Associated Press)

Obama's bin Laden leaks put target on Navy SEALs

Citing former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' memoir, the father of a National Guardsman whose son was killed in Afghanistan is blaming White House leaks about the Osama bin Laden raid for the Taliban's downing of a transport helicopter that killed his son, 17 members of SEAL Team 6 and 12 other U.S. troops. Published March 3, 2014

Army Gen. Carter Ham has testified that he had told Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the Joint Chiefs chairman, that Americans in Benghazi were under attack by terrorists, not demonstrators. He said both men agreed. (Associated Press)

Unasked questions fog facts on Benghazi

Republican lawmakers have failed to pin down senior military officials on how they characterized the Benghazi attack to the White House and President Obama on Sept. 11, 2012, the day terrorists stormed a U.S. diplomatic mission and bombed a CIA annex in the eastern Libyan city. Published March 2, 2014

The Pentagon. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Pentagon official defends ill-fated SEAL mission

A senior Pentagon official testified Thursday that commanders failed to achieve the element of surprise "that was planned and anticipated" on Aug. 6, 2011, when the Taliban shot down a transport helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 30 U.S. troops, including 17 members of the Navy's SEAL Team Six. Published February 27, 2014

Army strong? Pentagon looks to field 50,000 fewer soldiers

The Obama administration is taking another huge chunk out of the soldier force just a few months after Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army chief of staff, presented a carefully planned three-year drawdown that called for 50,000 more troops. Published February 25, 2014

Duncan D. Hunter (right) served his second tour in Iraq near Fallujah in 2004. He retired as a captain from the Marine Corps Reserves and is running for his father's House seat. PHOTOGRAPH PROVIDED BY Duncan D. Hunter for Congress.

Army mulls funding for controversial intel network

The Army is assessing development plans for its battlefield intelligence network after Congress made it one of the largest budget-slashing victims in the new defense budget. Published February 4, 2014

** FILE ** A Special Operation Soldier of the United States Army Special Operations Command demonstrates his skills during a field exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 26, 2012. (Image: USASOC)

Delta Force commando who saved 'numerous lives' in Benghazi seige honored

An Army Delta Force commando who infiltrated Benghazi to rescue U.S. diplomats, spies and security officers during a 2012 terrorist attack “was critical to the success of saving numerous lives,” according to a citation awarding him the military’s second-highest honor. Published January 25, 2014

** FILE ** Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Gen. Dempsey's 'failures in leadership' cited in Benghazi disaster

Members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, led by Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, have issued a blistering criticism of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who as Joint Chiefs chairman is the nation’s highest-ranking officer and chief military adviser to President Obama. Published January 23, 2014

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo.

Ominous warning: Admiral concedes U.S. losing dominance to China

While Adm. Sam Locklear said it was obvious Chinese military power is growing, he suggested it remains unclear whether China will seek in the long-term to be a hard adversary to the U.S. — so Washington should be working overtime on steering Beijing toward a cooperative security posture. Published January 16, 2014