Between November and February, new cases of Ebola in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone plummeted from 2,032 to 371, according to data from the White House, which attributed the decline to ‘US-led containment efforts.’
The Defense secretary's focus has been on a host of new challenges, including the rise of the Islamic State. At his confirmation hearing Wednesday, nominee Ashton Carter offered insight into his priorities.
Former military commanders are concerned the move will prevent Americans interested in tracking the conflict's progress from accessing information that has been readily available. The US command in Afghanistan has cited security reasons.
The Pentagon's personnel costs are skyrocketing, making budget cuts necessary. But a commission is seeking ways to do that without breaking the military's 'social contract' with troops who served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
While President Obama speaks of destroying the Islamic State, US Special Envoy John Allen tells a German newsmagazine that 'defeating, dismantling, and degrading' of IS will result in 'ultimately destroying the idea.'
Although combat operations ended Sunday, America will continue advisory and counterterrorism missions in Afghanistan. The ongoing international military campaign will have some 13,000 service members, most of them US troops.
The Pentagon previewed two helium-filled surveillance airships Wednesday. The giant dirigibles are expected to be deployed over the East Coast in February as the United States' new missile defense system.
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.