Military
Associated Press/Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr., U.S. Navy

Fight against ISIS gets more money, troops

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 12/08/14, 02:31 pm

In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote last week, the House of Representatives approved a $585 billion defense spending bill that expands support for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

The 300-119 vote authorized $5 billion for increased air strikes and the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops. The House bill also reauthorizes legislation that would extend for another two years the Pentagon’s authority to train and equip moderate rebels battling the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Associated Press/Photo by Lee Jin-man

GOP leader: Obama's pick for Pentagon chief has broad support

Defense
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/02/14, 01:35 pm

President Barack Obama has chosen former Pentagon second-in-command Ashton Carter to replace Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, a senior Republican senator said Tuesday. White House officials, however, insisted no final decision has been made.

Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s top Republican, said he was informed of the decision Tuesday morning. He said he backs Obama’s selection.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ross D. Franklin

New fighter jets pass first training mission test

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 11/25/14, 10:00 am

The nation’s two newest fighter jets finally took to the skies together earlier this month in a joint training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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