Navy engineers have developed an unmanned underwater vehicle that looks and moves like a fish. The GhostSwimmer is currently being used to gather ocean and weather data, but could one day be weaponized.
The Ft. Hood shooting by Nidal Malik Hasan, killing 13 people and wounding 32 , was not considered a terrorist attack, which meant victims could not be awarded the Purple Heart medal. A provision in a defense spending bill would make such awards possible.
President Obama has picked Ashton Carter to be secretary of Defense. If confirmed, Carter will have to deal with wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria while tightening Pentagon spending and facing the new threat of cyber warfare.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned current and former service members to carefully weed their social media profiles for information that could attract the attention of Islamic State fighters.
Michèle Flournoy, who could have been the first female Defense secretary, reportedly cited family concerns in bowing out of consideration for the post. Among the names now circulating is Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
Before his resignation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized US strategy in Syria against the Islamic State in a letter to National Security Adviser Susan Rice. However, the Pentagon maintains there is no connection between the two events.
The military's insatiable appetite for intelligence from drone-recorded video means a group of analysts in a cold, dark building are struggling to cope with the emotional toll of wars thousands of miles away.
Following reports of exam cheating, deteriorating facilities, and lack of oversight in the US nuclear arsenal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered a top-to-bottom overhaul. It’s likely to take billions of dollars as well as changes in the military culture.
Navy SEALs are meant to keep quiet about their deadly missions around the world. But the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden by SEAL Team Six – who was “the shooter” – is causing considerable public debate within the SEAL community.
President Obama is ordering more US military forces to Iraq, not to engage in direct combat but to advise, train, and equip Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants. For now, at least, most Americans approve.