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Military brass marching to Obama’s beat

The military leadership is proving to be a solid ally of President Obama in political Washington, adopting his social revolution and willing to serve as backdrops to the White House's campaign-style drive to win the budget battle with Republicans. Published February 28, 2013

** FILE ** U.S. soldiers stand guard at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

Decline for insurgent Afghan attacks was misreported

An officially reported downward trend in insurgent attacks that has underpinned President Obama's decision to pull 34,000 troops from Afghanistan did not actually happen last year. Published February 26, 2013

** FILE ** Female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Few women will qualify for land combat: report

A new report to Congress predicts that relatively few women will be able to perform land combat tasks on the same level as men, and it says the Pentagon's pledge to maintain "gender-neutral" physical standards has a loophole. Published February 24, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican (The Washington Times)

NASA accused of technology transfers

One of NASA's renowned research centers has been under a four-year FBI investigation for the possible transfer of secret weapon-system technology to foreign countries, including China, two Republican congressmen have disclosed. Published February 12, 2013

Female recruits in the Marine Corps and other services will have to prove themselves as capable as men during training, if traditionalists have their way. (Associated Press)

Military is advised against lower standards for women

With Republicans lacking the votes to reinstitute the ban on women in combat as federal law, conservatives are focusing on how to make sure the Pentagon does not lower the standards — and with them, combat readiness — to ensure that female service members graduate. Published February 6, 2013

**FILE** Capt. Sara Rodriguez, 26, of the 101st Airborne Division, carries a litter of sandbags during the Expert Field Medical Badge training at Fort Campbell, Ky., on May 9, 2012. (Associated Press)

House GOP pursuing bill to keep combat standards high

House Republicans are beginning to discuss legislation that would prevent the Pentagon from lowering physical standards for women to ensure an ample number get accepted in the most arduous combat jobs in the infantry and special operations. Published January 29, 2013

"I think the State Department is totally inept when it comes to being able to have oversight on things like this. This should not have gotten to this point," Rep. Duncan D. Hunter says. (Associated Press)

Rep. Hunter: Subsidy for Pakistani fertilizer company ‘crazy'

A congressman who served as Marine officer in Iraq and Afghanistan says "it's crazy" that a Pakistani fertilizer maker is being allowed to build a plant in the U.S. while it rejects Pentagon pleas to control its products that end up in homemade bombs that kill American troops. Published January 28, 2013


Hagel fate is tied to political posturing

Defense Secretary-designate Chuck Hagel's confirmation fight in the Senate is not only about the issues. It's also a bit personal. Published January 28, 2013

** FILE ** Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, gestures as he address the media in front of the USS Enterprise at Naval Station Norfolk on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Norfolk, Va., before an inactivation ceremony for the Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The ship served in the fleet for 51 years. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Navy chief calls for sharp spending cuts

The Navy's top officer sent a memo to his admirals Thursday ordering them to curtail activities because of a $3.6 billion shortfall for operations and maintenance. Published January 24, 2013

**FILE** A U.S. flag flies July 3, 2012, over a field during the Fanfare and Fireworks celebration at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. (Associated Press/The Gainesville Sun)

'Far Right' report outrages critics of federalism

A West Point think tank report that links people who believe in individual freedom with violent "far right" movements has stirred strong opposition from conservatives and former members of the military. Published January 21, 2013