Repeal of the policy barring homosexuals from serving openly in the military is now up to the Obama administration and Congress.
The next year will be crucial, several top defense officials say. The US must begin to show progress or risk losing public support.
Defense Secretary Gates, off to Singapore for a regional security summit, says US sees no 'crisis' in Pyongyang's 'very provocative' display of force this week.
Families can now witness the return to the US of the remains of service members killed in action, according to a six-week-old rule. For many, it is an important rite.
The inspector general finds too few watchdogs keeping an eye on how US reconstruction funds are spent.
Veterans are rushing to take advantage of the comprehensive education benefits, raising the question of whether the bill will hurt retention.
Sgt. John Russell was charged with murder Tuesday. He was finishing his third tour in Iraq.
The man he wants for the post, Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is deeply versed in special operations.
Revived exchange program points up Pakistan's importance to US aims in Afghanistan.
US Marines and soldiers are training to fight in Afghanistan, where mules and donkeys can haul supplies and weapons to places where Humvees and helicopters can't easily go.
This week, the Defense Department will begin the Quadrennial Defense Review, a year-long study that should help the secretary put his stamp on the military.
But it could be the lull before the storm as lobbyists and lawmakers begin to weigh in on controversial cuts.
Should military spending be seen as a 'jobs program'?
Defense secretary applies lessons of Iraq, Afghanistan to new Pentagon budget.
New spending plan represents a shift toward counterinsurgency needs.
The Iraq-style troop surge is one part of a plan that hopes to bring stability through civilian know-how and a fresh Pakistan policy.
Gates picks an admiral with diplomatic skills to command US troops in Europe.
Ending 'stop loss' is just one example of how he has sought to heal an overstressed military.
A soldier, a reconstruction expert, and a peace activist tell of how Iraq has changed – and what more needs to be done.
The two combat brigades that would have replaced them will go to Afghanistan instead.