President Obama is expected to name Bob McDonald Monday as the new head of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. McDonald has a military background, but it is his experience as a corporate CEO that likely will prove most useful.
The Pentagon has not yet begun its investigation into the circumstances that led to the capture of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. But the Pentagon explained what it will be looking into and how that could affect the sergeant.
Some in Congress are alarmed by reports of Iraqi forces throwing down their weapons and fleeing in the face of insurgents. They are asking the Pentagon if the same could happen after US troops leave Afghanistan.
As a prisoner of the Taliban, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was kept in solitary confinement for long periods. How he dealt with that is key to his recovery and to the investigation of his leaving his post in Afghanistan.
As Islamist insurgents overrun Iraqi cities, a US aircraft carrier and two more US warships are headed to the waters off Iraq. US interests there include the largest American embassy and three consulates.
Five Special Operations Forces soldiers returning from a joint US-Afghan operation called in air support when they encountered insurgents. A B1 responding to the request reportedly hit the wrong target.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had deep reservations about how the US mission in Afghanistan was being carried out. When a soldier's sense of right and wrong is shaken, the effect can be devastating, military ethicists say.