Retention rates may be hurt by the GI Bill's expanded school benefits as well as potential budget cuts.
But Pentagon officials say Kyrgyzstan's move to close a supply route won't impede operations in Afghanistan.
Two controversial programs will step up monitoring of ships and port workers.
Pentagon's generous budget is not likely to see cuts soon, even if Iraq war starts to wind down.
The waiver program allows overweight enlistees to get in shape after they sign up.
Camp COPE has helped more than 1,000 children in places ranging from Texas to Florida.
Keeping the Defense secretary allows Obama's team to move quickly on a foreign-policy challenges.
A new interactive video encourages soldiers to seek help to cope with the stress of war.
The Joint Chiefs chairman may come closer to the views of the new president.
A bad economy and better news from Iraq may be helping to increase interest in and support for enlistment.
The alleged incursions into Syria, and previously into Pakistan, could be risky.
A new command and headquarters are part of the plan to refocus on its nuclear responsibilities.
America needs a bigger military to stabilize weak or potentially threatening nations, some analysts argue.
The move by the Army and Air Force comes in response to criticism from Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Reviews under way, to be ready for the next president, are intended to accelerate a new strategy.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates questioned a fallen marine's award for covering a grenade to save his comrades.
Both McCain and Obama have said the schools should be more open to the military recruitment program.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates calls the aircraft procurement effort too flawed to continue.
At $2 million apiece, the craft poke out only a foot above water and can carry 12 tons of drugs.
Some 190,000 private personnel were working in the Iraq theater as of early this year, a new report says.