October 9, 2012 Gen. Joseph Dunford will be nominated to succeed Gen. John Allen as the top commander in Afghanistan, according to a defense official familiar with the decision. Allen is to become head of the U.S. European Command.
October 7, 2012 Afghan forces are scheduled to take control of their country's security by the end of 2014. While President Obama says they will be fully responsible by then, Mitt Romney calls the deadline a goal. Either way, the next president will face a 10-year agreement to help Afghans with counterterrorism and training.
October 4, 2012 For the first time, two female Marines are among those training to see if they have what it takes to be battlefield leaders. They're part of a test to see if women can lead Marines in ground combat — jobs that are closed to them now. The training is so difficult that about 20 percent of participants fail.
September 17, 2012 The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single day in American history, and the partial victory by Union troops led Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Monday marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle that left 23,000 men killed or wounded on both sides.
August 10, 2012 The U.S. Air Force's top officer, Gen. Norton Schwartz, is retiring after four years on the job. Schwartz was a champion of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones. But he says the Air Force will continue to need pilots for decades and more manned aircraft to ensure it can prevail with a minimum use of force.
July 19, 2012 Syria is thought to have the most advanced chemical warfare program in the Arab world.