Though largely symbolic, the law could be having lasting implications.
Retention rates may be hurt by the GI Bill's expanded school benefits as well as potential budget cuts.
Western nations worry that a Safir rocket could deliver nuclear weapons.
Thirty officers were later freed. A Pentagon report is expected to urge a harder line against militants.
William Lynn's lobbyist experience may help him navigate the industry better, say some.
The president focuses on Al Qaeda and on repairing America’s image in the Muslim world.