August 8, 2011 Just three months ago, Navy SEAL Team 6 scored a monumental triumph with the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Now the same team is in mourning after more than 20 of its members were killed in Afghanistan.
August 3, 2011 Cuts to the Defense Department could range from $400 million to $800 million. The incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff calls that second figure "extraordinarily difficult and very high risk." Cuts that large would force the Pentagon to start making some tough choices.
July 26, 2011 Four months after NATO airstrikes began, an unyielding Moammar Gadhafi is still facing off against the opposition. The Obama administration is looking for ways to tip the scales. One U.S. official is pushing for using clandestine action to target Gadhafi.
July 18, 2011 A year after President Obama asked Gen. David Petraeus to jump-start the counterinsurgency operation in Afghanistan, he's handing over command. And there's a question of whether the change also signals a shift in strategy — from fixing Afghanistan to taking out insurgents with targeted raids and drone strikes.
July 11, 2011 During a visit to Baghdad, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta urged the Iraqis to make a decision about whether they want U.S. troops to stay beyond the end of this year. He also said the U.S. is concerned "about Iran and weapons they're providing to extremists here in Iraq."
July 9, 2011 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday for his first visit to that country since assuming the position. Panetta's view of the war there may be colored by his experience as director of the CIA and the successful raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
May 12, 2011 The Obama administration plans to pull some troops out of Afghanistan in July. But administration officials say the overall strategy will remain as is — in part because it's still unclear what effect bin Laden's death is going to have on the insurgency.