January 6, 2013 President Obama will on Monday name former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary, an administration official confirmed to NPR. Hagel's past comments on Iran, Israel and gays have come under scrutiny.
January 2, 2013 The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the newest fighter plane set to enter the U.S. arsenal. The versatile, high-tech jet is supposed to help three military branches modernize their aging fleet of aircraft. It's in the skies now, but is still dogged with technical problems and questions about its high price tag.
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.