Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave a pep talk to marines at Camp Lejeune Monday, as the Pentagon announced that the first troops of the Afghanistan surge will deploy by the end of the year.
At Capitol Hill hearings Tuesday, US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and Gen. Stanley McChrystal backed the decision to send 30,000 more US troops there. Eikenberry had earlier told Obama he opposed more Afghanistan troops.
The goal of the Afghanistan surge is limited: to break the Taliban's momentum by July 2011. Plenty of US troops will remain in Afghanistan after that to continue work on longer-term goals, said Defense Secretary Robert Gates Sunday.
The Pentagon review will recommend disciplinary action if it finds individuals failed to do their job in the run up to Fort Hood shootings, officials say. The alleged shooter is an Army psychiatrist who reportedly exhibited some troubling behavior.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee hearings into whether the Army missed warning signs about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan could lead to finger-pointing about Fort Hood shooting and political battles over Obama’s terrorism policy.
Michelle Obama launches Mission Serve, a network aimed at linking veterans to community service groups, as part of efforts to aid their transition to civilian life. President Obama and the first lady honored veterans' service Wednesday.
This Veterans Day – like all days – military veterans are twice as likely to be homeless as non-vets. New efforts by the Obama administration and Congress would provide immediate help while treating the causes of homelessness among vets.
Investigators said Monday that they had been tracking Nidal Malik Hasan's correspondence with someone abroad since last year. Reports suggest that person is radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. But its unclear whether investigators told the Army.