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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

Critics say a Pentagon survey of military sexual assault is likely biased in favor of the respondents, who may be overreporting instances of abuse. (associated press)

Pentagon sex assault survey raises doubts of accuracy

A Pentagon-hired pollster asked a record half-million active-duty troops this year to fill out an Internet survey on sexual assault, prompting critics to say the upcoming results will be skewed to show a higher number of victims than actually exist. Published November 9, 2014

Former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos is getting support from Defense Secretary Hagel, who said the disputed official resume was not created by Gen. Amos but rather by a data center. (Associated Press)

Chuck Hagel defends Gen. James Amos over inaccurate resume

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has entered the debate over the conduct of former Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, vouching for the general's ethics while saying his disputed official resume was not created by him but rather by a data center. Published November 2, 2014

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE: Afghan National Army forces are not ready to rebuff an expected Taliban offensive, on its own, once all American troops leave after 2016, according to reports from U.S. Green Berets. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Green Berets reveal Afghan National Army soldiers' incompetence

Elite Army Green Berets are knocking the performance of the Afghan National Army, telling war tales of its soldiers hiding and quitting the fight. The Green Beret criticisms, contained in a U.S. Central Command "friendly fire" investigative file, provide a window into the flaws of a national army more than a decade in the making. Published October 26, 2014