The Army's multibillion-dollar modernization program, the Future Combat System, faces serious challenge this year.
Other challenges – potential recession, budget deficits, and rising entitlement spending – could overshadow military priorities.
Besides its $515 billion request, the Defense Department wants another $70 billion to cover some of next year's war operations.
Deployments are up nearly fivefold since 2001, but they operate like a cold-war force.
A US-Iraq security pact won't set troop levels now, but it could set the stage for long-term strategy.
Neil Kenny, decorated for his service in Vietnam, plays big brother to Jeremiah Workman, a medal winner in Iraq struggling with the psychological effects of combat.
In the next 18 months, the US is likely to deploy a potentially breakthrough robot-vision system in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Deployment of 3,200 marines will help, analysts say, but will not provide the kind of counterinsurgency now needed there.
While General Petraeus is in no hurry for more than five brigades to leave, Secretary Gates weighs a bigger drawdown.
High-level meetings are part of Admiral Keating's trip this week, following a flap over Hong Kong port visit by USS Kitty Hawk.
US signals intelligence during the war came up short in major turning points, according to an NSA history.
An analysis shows that the bulk of them come from countries allied with the US.
Churches, schools, and families in Warroad, Minn., go to unusual lengths to help smooth the transition from military to civilian life.