By next summer, more than half the US troops in Iraq will have come home. Meanwhile, General McChrystal wants up to 40,000 more in Afghanistan.
The graduation of eight officers without flight training points to the increased use of remote-controlled aircraft for reconnaissance and intelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan, delivered his request for more troops to top military brass at a secret meeting in Germany this week.
One option is to draw down forces and attack Al Qaeda mostly with drones and special forces. But such a strategy is fraught with difficulties that make it 'unrealistic,' some say.
The Pentagon wants Obama to make his choice soon, but if he's leaning against sending more troops, he might play for time to consider his options.
McChrystal's battlefield assessment, leaked Sunday, says that the US will likely fail in Afghanistan if his mission doesn't get more resources.
The Shahab-3 and Sejil-2 have shorter ranges than missiles the European defense shield was meant to thwart.
The president presented the military's highest honor Thursday to a soldier who was killed trying to save a comrade in Afghanistan. The Pentagon is looking at why only six Medals of Honor have been awarded after eight years of war.
The defense secretary, in allowing the service to procure its own plane, signals trust that his reforms are taking hold.
A sea-based defense offers more flexibility against changing threats, including from Iran, Pentagon officials say. It also avoids a debate with Eastern Europe.
Mullen's comments to Congress Tuesday were the first time he has gone on record saying the Afghan war needs even more American forces.
War effort requires farmers, engineers, lawyers to share expertise.
As part of the counterinsurgency mission, US Army units will return to the same regions in order to build on experience and develop stronger relationships on the ground.
The Defense secretary responded Thursday to mounting doubts about the war by saying that the US must stay in order to defeat Al Qaeda, which remains a threat.
With many soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Veterans Affairs has seen treatment requests and disability claims soar.
They make up 57 percent of Pentagon's personnel in Afghanistan, report shows.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal submitted his recommendations Monday for a revised strategy to turn around the conflict.
It will increase its number of bomb disposal teams by half. It is also upping its order of bomb-resistant troop carriers, called M-ATVs.
After eight years, the Pentagon is only now giving the country its full attention – and understanding Afghanistan takes time.
But American officials were quick to say that Wednesday's events were not a sign that security was unraveling in Iraq.