December 25, 2012 The U.S. military plans to send an Army brigade to Africa next year. Some 4,000 soldiers would deploy — in small units and at different times — to help train and advise African troops. It's part of an Obama administration plan to address the growing challenge posed by terrorism in Africa.
December 24, 2012 President Obama may nominate former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next defense secretary. The Vietnam veteran could bring a bipartisan presence to Obama's Cabinet, but only if he survives opposition from some in his own party.
December 21, 2012 Airline travelers, there is some good news this holiday season. The Transportation Security Administration says children and the elderly won't have to remove their shoes. And you can now carry on some (but not all) snow globes. The government has some other pointers heading into a busy travel weekend.
December 20, 2012 State Department officials, testifying before Congress, acknowledge that security was inadequate in Benghazi before the deadly attacks in Libya. Sen. John Kerry, who was chairman of the Senate hearing, says the diplomatic corps needs more resources.
December 19, 2012 A look at the events surrounding the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and the controversy that followed. An independent panel has found that "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels" in the State Department led to inadequate security.
December 19, 2012 The report on the Sept. 11 attack says that security was inadequate and depended heavily on local Libyan militias. It also criticized the State Department for ignoring requests for security upgrades.
December 18, 2012 An independent panel said systematic management failures at the State Department led to inadequate security that left the diplomatic mission vulnerable. Despite those failures, the board found no cause for any disciplinary action.