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** 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

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln transits the Indian Ocean on Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

U.S. military in Persian Gulf still necessary, welcome force

The U.S. is maintaining a sizable ground, air and sea force in the Persian Gulf, underscoring the need to protect oil-producing states after deposing Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein and exiting a democratic Iraq in December. Published January 24, 2012

An anti-Syrian regime protesters wears a revolutionary flag on his back during a protest outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. Arab League foreign ministers, meeting in Cairo, extended the much-criticized observers mission for another month, officials from the 22-member organization said. The League decided to add more observers and provide them with additional resources, the officials said. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Assad's fall could solve Iraqi weapons mystery

If Syria's regime falls, the U.S. will be in a better position to answer one of the lingering questions from the long Iraq War: Did Baghdad ship weapons of mass destruction components to Syria before the 2003 American-led invasion? Published January 22, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney speaks at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., on Wednesday. He has assembled several George W. Bush-era veterans as national security advisers to his campaign. The South Carolina GOP primary is scheduled for Saturday in the state. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Many Bush-era hard-liners are Romney security advisers

GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has assembled a cast of conservative George W. Bush-era veterans as his key national security advisers. Some of them played important roles in the war on terror and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Published January 18, 2012

The USS Enterprise is among a fleet of 11 carriers that the Navy maintains by law, but Pentagon budget cuts have the service talking behind the scenes of protecting only 10 for future missions, sources say. (Associated Press)

New Navy budgets may sink plans for aircraft carriers

As Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta prepares to introduce the strategy's first budget next month, the Navy has been in a furious fight behind the scenes to protect only 10 carriers, sources familiar with the issue told The Washington Times. Published January 15, 2012

President Obama speaks during a news briefing at the Pentagon on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, to discuss defense strategic guidance. From left are Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff; Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta; Gen. James F. Amos, Marine Corps commandant; Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Navy readies for Chinese power grab on shipping

The Navy's top officer detailed Tuesday the strategy for making sure the South China Sea and Western Pacific remain open to international shipping, saying an emerging China might try to "limit access in the region." Published January 10, 2012