February 14, 2012 The U.S. military is at a turning point. It has just pulled out of Iraq, it is starting to wind down its effort in Afghanistan, it's shifting its focus to Asia, and the Pentagon budget for next year will shrink after a decade of huge increases. The defense secretary and the head of the Joint Chiefs spoke about the changes to Congress.
January 23, 2012 More than a decade after the U.S. charged into Afghanistan, American troops are still in the lead combat role. But with the U.S. military planning to withdraw by the end of 2014, the Americans now want to see Afghan troops at the forefront of the fighting.
January 11, 2012 Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic waterway that handles 20 percent of the world's oil, in retaliation for a new round of sanctions. Experts say Iran has low-cost options, such as mines, to wreak havoc and potentially close the strait.
January 5, 2012 They say it abandons a long-held commitment: the ability to fight two wars at once. The strategy, to be unveiled Thursday, is expected to focus on Asia, which means more money for the Air Force and Navy. That comes amid calls for half a trillion dollars in Pentagon cuts over the next decade. The Army is expected to be the big loser.
January 3, 2012 An explosion set off a series of shootings by a U.S. Marine squad in Haditha in one of the war's more controversial incidents. The military trial starts this week for the squad's leader, the only Marine still facing charges in the killings. Others were acquitted or had the charges against them dropped.
December 16, 2011 When 30,000 additional U.S. troops entered Iraq in 2007, the tide of the war turned. The surge was widely credited — but was it the only cause, or even the main one? Some argue that Iraq's Sunnis had already decided to work with the U.S. rather than fight against it, and that this changed the course of the war.
December 13, 2011 As the U.S. wraps up its military presence in Iraq, officials are facing the huge logistical challenge of pulling out after nearly nine years. As bases are transferred to Iraqi control, it's cheaper to leave some equipment behind rather than ship it home.