Saturday's massive bomb in Kirkuk, combined with political gridlock, raises questions about how ready Iraq is for the withdrawal of US troops from cities by June 30.
With Gen. Stanley McChrystal on his way to Kabul, CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus warned Thursday that the situation in Afghanistan is the worst since 2001.
The next year will be crucial, several top defense officials say. The US must begin to show progress or risk losing public support.
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.
The dramatic drop in violence over the past year is due in part to US-led efforts. But the insurgency could linger.
The dramatic drop in violenc over the past year is due in part to US-led efforts. But the insurgency could linger.
Defense secretary applies lessons of Iraq, Afghanistan to new Pentagon budget.
Competition for resources, ‘climate migrants,’ failed states are among top concerns.
The president’s pragmatic worldview is likely to temper military engagement overseas.
He's been critical of monetary policy and has named human rights defenders to key posts.