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A CH-47 Chinook helicopter, like this one used for training, was shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan, killing all aboard. A special-operations officer questions the use of the craft for such "hot-LZ" purposes. (U.S. Navy photograph via Associated Press)

Full story of SEAL mission in question

U.S. Central Command released hundreds of pages of interviews and exhibits that showed there were at least two tactical moves that came in for second-guessing. Published October 24, 2011

Key general: Iraq pullout plan a 'disaster'

President Obama's decision to pull all U.S. forces out of Iraq by Dec. 31 is an "absolute disaster" that puts the burgeoning Arab democracy at risk of an Iranian "strangling," said an architect of the 2007 troop surge that turned around a losing war. Published October 23, 2011

** FILE ** Jalaluddin Haqqani, then the supreme commander of the Taliban army, talks with reporters in Miram Shah in Pakistan's Waziristan region in 1998. (AP Photo/Mohammad Riaz, File)

U.S. pegs Haqqani as most lethal foe

The family criminal enterprise known as the Haqqani Network conducts terrorist attacks inside Afghanistan by keeping in constant phone contact with its suicide bombers before and during attacks. Published October 17, 2011

Panetta warns of retreat in Africa because of budget cuts

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday warned Congress that automatic cuts in defense spending would force the Pentagon to reduce its presence in some trouble spots, including Africa, a hotbed of al Qaeda franchise groups. Published October 13, 2011

Activists push partner benefits for military gays

A prominent gay advocacy group has issued a five-point manifesto of new rights it wants from the U.S. military since the Sept. 20 repeal of the longtime ban on open homosexuals in the ranks. Published October 6, 2011

Report: Budget cuts would hollow military

A new congressional report spells out in detail how the military would become "hollow" if Congress' super committee fails to agree on deficit reductions and $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts kick in. Published September 29, 2011

Pentagon downplays ending of 'don't ask, don't tell'

The United States formally ends a decades-old ban on open gays in the ranks on Tuesday, a historic day that the military services hope will pass as routinely as roll calls, marching and lights-out. Published September 19, 2011

Republicans seek a ceiling on defense cuts

Republicans on Capitol Hill are floating the idea of a ceiling for defense cuts mandated by the deficit-reduction supercommittee that would not exceed $150 billion over 10 years. Published September 14, 2011

This July 2009 photo from the Arabic-language website shows a man it identifies as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in detention at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. ( via Associated Press)

Methodical approach slows start of Mohammed trial

The military officer overseeing the prosecution of Khalid Sheik Mohammed is taking a go-slow approach that would bring the confessed Sept. 11 mastermind to trial months, or perhaps years, from now. Published September 9, 2011

** FILE **  President Bush embraces New York City firefighter Bob Beckwith while standing in front of the collapsed World Trade Center buildings in New York on Sept. 14, 2001. Mr. Bush famously used a bullhorn to reassure ground zero rescue workers, the American public and the world that the terrorists would soon be hearing from the U.S. (Associated Press)

9/11 changed war-fighting

The Sept. 11 attacks jolted the U.S. armed forces into a new era of war-fighting in which commando strikes, intelligence collection and manhunts often overshadowed heavy armor and big bombers of yesteryear's conflicts. Published September 8, 2011

Pentagon ponders budget cuts in face of 'perfect storm'

The Pentagon is considering a range of options to meet a bipartisan call to greatly reduce defense spending in what is a "perfect storm" rocking the military's once-sturdy budget plans. Published August 31, 2011

Pentagon mulls ways to make major cuts

The Pentagon is considering a range of options to meet a bipartisan call to greatly reduce defense spending in what is a "perfect storm" rocking the military's once-plump budget plans. Published August 26, 2011

The wreckage of a Chinook helicopter shot down on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, is seen at the site of crash in the Tangi Valley of Wardak province, some 60 miles southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 11, 2011. The crash killed 30 Americans and eight Afghans in the single worst loss of U.S. service members in the 10-year-old war. (Associated Press)

Chinook helicopter most susceptible to Taliban ground fire

The Army Chinook helicopter, like the one shot down Aug. 6 in Afghanistan killing all 38 onboard, is the U.S. chopper most susceptible to Taliban ground fire, according to statistics compiled by a former aviator. Published August 25, 2011