October 5, 2013 The plan will bring hundreds of thousands of workers back to work next week. News of the recall comes hours after the House of Representatives passed a bill approving back pay for 800,000 federal workers idled by the government shutdown.
August 15, 2013 In an effort to stanch a sharp increase in cases within the ranks, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel orders stronger oversight and increased protections for victims.
August 14, 2013 The change will mean tens of thousands of dollars in payments to cover things such as health care and housing. The military also will provide leave for service members who must travel for a same-sex marriage.
August 6, 2013 Earlier this year, Pentagon workers were told they could face up to 22 furlough days because of budget cuts; the number is now 6 days. Some 650,000 civilian defense workers began taking furlough days on July 8.
June 18, 2013 The U.S. military said in January that it will end its front-line combat exclusion for women; the shift means that women could join elite forces such as the Army Rangers and Navy SEALs in the next three years.
March 27, 2013 Employees will have to take 14 unpaid days off over the next few months instead of the 22 the Pentagon had originally estimated.
February 27, 2013 After a somewhat stormy debate in the Senate over his confirmation, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) has taken over the top job at the Pentagon.
February 11, 2013 Commissary privileges, family center programs, dependent I.D. cards, joint duty assignments and space-available travel on military aircraft are among the benefits that will become available.
February 6, 2013 Two stories about gay rights are breaking: Leaders of the Boy Scouts are debating whether local troops should be allowed to have gay members and leaders; and the Pentagon is reportedly looking to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military personnel.
January 11, 2013 Yonathan Melaku, the former Marine who admitting to firing a gun at several U.S. military buildings in the Washington, D.C., area in 2010, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, in a plea deal that makes his sentence non-negotiable. After his arrest, Melaku was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
January 7, 2013 The president is moving to fill two key posts on his national security team. If confirmed, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (a Republican) would lead the Pentagon. John Brennan, the president's counterterrorism adviser, would be at the Central Intelligence Agency.
December 5, 2012 If Congress fails to reach an agreement on tax increases and spending cuts this year, it will mean sharp reductions in a broad swath of federal spending, from defense and Medicare to education and unemployment benefits. Economists say the cuts would be a serious setback for the economy as a whole.
November 8, 2012 A number of people are in the running for Cabinet appointments in President Obama's second term.
August 30, 2012 In a letter to the author, the Defense Department's general counsel said No Easy Day violated the author's agreements not to divulge military secrets. The book goes on sale Sept. 4.
July 17, 2012 Officials tell the newspaper that the U.S. is building a missile-defense radar station in Qatar and will hold its "biggest-ever minesweeping exercises in the Persian Gulf." Also, a second aircraft carrier is being sent to the region.