In the next stage in the Afghanistan war, coalition forces are expected to build up gradually on the outskirts of the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, perhaps for months. That strategy departs from the one executed in the Marjah offensive, in which troops entered quickly.
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says US foreign policy is too dependent on military generals and admirals and not enough on the State Department.
The coalition's Marjah offensive against the Taliban in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, has made gains. But to succeed, Afghanistan, the US, and aid agencies must quickly move in to build up the area's security, government, and infrastructure, showing fence-sitters the benefits of peace.
The Pentagon's embrace of drones in Iraq and Afghanistan has created demand for them among commanders on the ground, changing the face of situational awareness.
The Senate holds a hearing Wednesday on ways to improve oversight of private military contractors, after a series of incidents involving Blackwater. On Tuesday, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill that would stop 'outsourcing' security missions.
A ban on female sailors aboard submarines is one of the last barriers preventing women from serving equally alongside men in the military. The Navy notified Congress on Monday of its intent to drop the ban.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal's nuanced Afghanistan war plan took a hit on Sunday when a convoy of suspected insurgents targeted by a coalition airstrike turned out to be civilians.
The Marjah offensive is the start of an Afghanistan campaign that will last 12 to 18 months, US Gen. David Petraeus said Sunday. How is the offensive faring so far?
While there is still much work to be done, the security situation in Haiti has stabilized enough that some US forces will soon leave the country.
But in many ways, the harder part is still ahead. In the 'clear-hold-build' counterinsurgency strategy under Obama and his top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the 'hold' phase - sustaining security - is much more difficult.
The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, found that 54 percent of Americans polled say the 17-year-old 'don't ask, don't tell' law that forbids openly homosexual men and women from serving in the military should be reversed.
The capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was reportedly picked up in Pakistan, comes amid the largest US offensive against the Taliban insurgency since 2001.
Bigger commitment of Afghan forces and closer cooperation with the Karzai government are new elements of the Obama strategy evident in the latest offensive in Marjah.
Repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the US military now seems more likely. A new poll shows a solid majority of Americans say 'don't ask, don't tell' is discriminatory. Those in uniform are more likely to favor keeping the law, but that's changing too.
US Coast Guard has 16 cutter ships near Haiti, in part to send Haitians the message 'don't try to flee.' There's been no sign of any post-earthquake exodus, but a preexisting US 'mass migration plan' is at the ready.
The Pentagon will undertake a year-long review of the 'don't ask, don't tell' law that bars gays from serving openly. A separate 45-day review will look to halting discharges of service members outed to by a third party.
A key Pentagon strategic document released Monday, called the Quadrennial Defense Review, increases the emphasis on a new range of threats, including cybersecurity. It departs from the military's traditional goal of being able to fight two conventional wars at once.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled a budget Monday that seeks to gear Pentagon spending toward today's threats. It also carried a rebuke for the aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, which ran into problems developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The USS Vinson, which arrived in Haiti days after the earthquake, is the largest US naval contribution to relief efforts. It will leave behind more than 15 other naval ships.
President Obama on Wednesday renewed his campaign pledge to repeal the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy toward gays in the military. It's on his agenda for this year, but he didn't say how he'd pursue it.