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**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (Associated Press)

Budget gridlock imperils national defense

Defense analysts and Capitol Hill insiders are anticipating that automatic federal budget cuts will occur Jan. 1 and force the armed forces to scrap plans for new weapons systems. Published March 25, 2012

Troops in Afghanistan have few opportunities to rest, according to an Army report that provides a stark look at post-traumatic stress disorder and its risk of irrational acts. Fighting forces have endured frequent stressful deployments and compressed time back home. (Associated Press)

Troops stressed to breaking point

A recent Army health report draws an alarming profile of a fighting force more prone to inexcusable violence amid an "epidemic" of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the mental breakdown attracting speculation as a factor in a massacre of Afghan civilians this month. Published March 20, 2012

**FILE** Navy Lt. Gary Ross (right) and Dan Swezy exchange wedding vows early on Sept. 20, 2011, in Duxbury, Vt., at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Justice of the Peace Greg Trulson (center) officiated. (Associated Press)

Same-sex benefits a powder keg in Pentagon

The Obama administration is withholding medical and other benefits from same-sex spouses of military members, but Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says he can no longer defend the law that authorizes the practice. Published March 18, 2012

An Israeli air force F-16I fighter plane sits at the ready in a hangar at Ramon Air Force Base in southern Israel. The F-16I, which is equipped with external fuel tanks, is reportedly capable of reaching Iranian airspace without refueling. It could carry U.S.-made bunker-busting bombs that drill below ground before exploding. (Associated Press)

Plotting against Iranian nuke sites

The first indication that Israel has resorted to military action against Iran's nuclear program would be explosions across the Islamic republic. Published March 14, 2012

An Air Force carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Lt. Col. John D. Loftis on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Col Loftis, 44, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 25 from wounds suffered during an attack at the Afghan Interior Ministry in Kabul. (Associated Press)

Culture clash, bribes prod Afghans to turn on NATO

The post-Koran-burning slayings in Afghanistan have put focus on one of the most pressing questions facing U.S. commanders: Why do Afghan troops suddenly turn their weapons on NATO personnel and kill them? Published March 8, 2012

** FILE ** People inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion Feb. 23, 2012, in Karradah in downtown Baghdad. Iraqi officials said a string of attacks across Baghdad killed and injured dozens of people. (Associated Press)

Al Qaeda in Iraq mounts comeback

Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Osama bin Laden-inspired terrorist group that sank the country into sectarian violence five years ago, is trying to make a comeback in post-U.S.-occupied Iraq, analysts and intelligence officials say. Published March 4, 2012

Marine Corps Sgt. Brandon Morgan (right) greets his boyfriend with a passionate kiss at an on-base military-family homecoming. A friend photographed the embrace, which was posted on the "Gay Marine" Facebook page. (Courtesy of Facebook)

Gay Marine's kiss sparks praise, anger

Marine Corps Sgt. Brandon Morgan's passionate kiss with his boyfriend at an on-base military-family homecoming was photographed and posted on the "Gay Marine" Facebook page, triggering an outpouring of support — and some dissent. Published March 1, 2012

This scene from the film "Act of Valor" showcases active-duty Navy SEALs. Military commanders beginning five years ago allowed a small, independent film company to turn live training exercises into a feature-length movie with recruiting in mind. (Associated Press)

'Act of Valor' accomplishes mission of educating public

The Hollywood movie "Act of Valor" — the nation's No. 1 box-office attraction, starring real Navy SEALs — has put the spotlight on the U.S. military's post-Sept. 11, 2001, love affair with the media. Published February 26, 2012

Timothy W. Dorsey

Navy aviator's career soars; pilot he downed suffers

When retired Air Force pilot Mike Ross learned this month that the Navy aviator who shot him down is on a nomination list for the rank of admiral, he had a visceral reaction. Published February 23, 2012

**FILE** Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan attends the OutServe Armed Forces Leadership Summit on Oct. 15, 2011, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Military gay group growing, aiming for more rights

An association of gays in the military has more than doubled its membership since last year, is setting up more on-base chapters, and plans to hold its next national conference at a Defense Department resort at Walt Disney World. Published February 20, 2012

** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Admiral nominee rose through ranks despite 'illogical act'

When Lt. j.g. Timothy W. Dorsey intentionally fired his fighter jet's missile at an Air Force reconnaissance plane, nearly killing its two aviators and destroying the aircraft during a training exercise, it was hard to imagine then how his Navy career would wind up 25 years later. Published February 16, 2012

Navy: 3 new ships to be named after war heroes

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, criticized by Congress and veterans for some of his untraditional ship-namings, took the old-school route on Wednesday by naming three destroyers after war heroes. Published February 15, 2012

From left; Former Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., her husband Mark Kelly, and Roxanna Green, obscured, the mother of the nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green who was killed while attending the meeting of constituents when Giffords was shot, attend a ceremony at the Pentagon, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, to unveil the USS Gabrielle Giffords. The Navy has named a ship for Gabrielle Giffords, the recently retired congresswoman from Arizona who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head received in January 2011. (AP Photo Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Naming of Navy ships returns to tradition

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, under fire from Congress and veterans for naming ships after fellow Democrats and social activists, plans to announce another round of ship names in the near future that will be more traditional, a Pentagon official tells The Washington Times. Published February 14, 2012

Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican

Replacement of war-worn equipment cut in budget

The Pentagon is not just cutting manpower to reach deficit-reduction targets: Its 2013 budget, released Monday, shows the military will spend less to replace old weapons after two grueling wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Published February 13, 2012

** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outline the main areas of proposed defense spending cuts during a Jan. 26, 2012, news conference at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

Pentagon budget cuts weapons, troops in 2013

The Pentagon is not cutting just manpower to reach deficit-reduction targets: Its 2013 budget released Monday shows the military will spend less on new weapons after two grueling wars. Published February 13, 2012

** FILE ** U.S. Marine Sgt. Monica Perez (left) of San Diego helps Lance Cpl. Mary Shloss of Hammond, Ind., put on her head scarf before heading out on a patrol in the village of Khwaja Jamal in the Helmand province of Afghanistan in August 2009. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Pentagon to move women closer to front lines

The Pentagon announced Thursday that it is keeping its longtime ban on women serving as infantry, armor and special operations warriors in ground combat units, but it will open 14,000 support positions for them in units closer to the front lines. Published February 9, 2012

The F-16 is one of the Air Force's tactical aircraft. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Fleets fade away with Pentagon budget cuts

America's aging tactical Air Force — the jets that protect ground troops and strike hard-to-reach targets — is shrinking just as the Pentagon is cutting even more planes to achieve nearly a half-trillion dollars in spending cuts. Published February 5, 2012

John Kiriakou (Associated Press)

Ex-CIA officials assail ID of agents

Former intelligence officials use "reprehensible" and "egregious" to describe the alleged acts of a former CIA officer charged by the government with betraying his own when he revealed the identities of two overseas operatives to the media. Published January 30, 2012

**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (Associated Press)

Panetta says 2013 defense budget to cut land forces

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday presented the first act in shrinking the war-on-terrorism military over the next five years, saying his 2013 budget will cut land forces by 92,000, ask Congress to close bases and slow production of the F-35 stealth fighter. Published January 26, 2012