December 18, 2011 Homemade bombs became the weapon of choice for the insurgency in Iraq. The U.S. has officially declared the end of the war, but one lasting legacy will be how the improvised explosive device, or IED, changed the way the military thinks about warfare.
November 29, 2011 The U.S. Air Force says it will train more drone pilots in 2011 than fighter and bomber pilots combined. The distance between the pilot and the remotely controlled vehicle he flies is redefining what it means to be a pilot and creating some friction within the Air Force.
November 19, 2011 The Pentagon and its growing budget is on the supercommittee's radar as it looks to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion. At half the federal government's budget, it's not hard to see why, so which cuts might bleed the least?
September 22, 2011 During a hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, the top U.S. military officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, issued a stern warning to Pakistan over ties between that country's spy agency and groups attacking U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But it's unclear what the U.S. proposes to do in response.
September 20, 2011 The ban against gays serving openly in the military has been repealed. It affected the lives of thousands of people during the 18 years it was in place. NPR spoke with two of them: one who was discharged from the military under the policy eight years ago; the other a gay Marine who has been keeping his sexual identity a secret for 14 years.
September 6, 2011 According to the U.S. government, the U.S. military has fired about 270 missiles into Pakistan since 2004, killing thousands of militants. These drone attacks are part of a covert war that has brought the U.S. successes, but not without repercussions, including anti-American sentiment and civilian deaths.