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  • Unmanned drone attacks and shape-shifting robots: War's remote-control future

    Unmanned drone attacks and shape-shifting robots: War's remote-control future

    The Pentagon already includes unmanned drone attacks in its arsenal. Next up: housefly-sized surveillance craft, shape-changing 'chemical robots,' and tracking agents sprayed from the sky. What does it mean to have soldiers so far removed from the battlefield?

  • Opinion Does the US military have a clear purpose?

    Those we ask to serve don’t know what they’re defending – and why. How do you inspire citizens to serve when victory isn’t a goal?

  • Who will carry out Obama's Afghanistan exit plan? Three new guys.

    Who will carry out Obama's Afghanistan exit plan? Three new guys.

    After President Obama outlines his strategy Wednesday for winding down the 10-year war in Afghanistan – including the rate of US troop withdrawals – it will be the duty of three men, all new in their roles, to get it done. It will be a tough job, and there is likely to be plenty of second-guessing not only about the strategy itself, but also their handling of it, from Congress, pundits, and ex-military types. Here are some clues into what priorities these three defense leaders might set and a look at the particular skills each brings to the task of managing America’s longest war.

  • Blue Angels flight leader relieved of command for flying too low

    Blue Angels flight leader relieved of command for flying too low

    In a highly unusual step, Navy Cmdr. Dave Koss was removed as commander of the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team. Flying with the Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds is highly demanding, and there have been accidents over the years.

  • Q&A with John McCain: Libyans paid price 'in blood' waiting for no fly zone

    Monitor Breakfast Q&A with John McCain: Libyans paid price 'in blood' waiting for no fly zone

    Obama's decision to seek a multinational response to Qaddafi's attacks means 'the Libyan people are paying a very heavy price in blood,' Sen. John McCain said April 6 at a Monitor breakfast.

  • My Nuclear Family

    My Nuclear Family

    What does it mean to serve in the US military today? A former lieutenant in the Nuclear Submarine Service shares his story.

  • BP oil spill: Will the 'sweeping arm system' from the Dutch help?

    BP oil spill: Will the 'sweeping arm system' from the Dutch help?

    The Dutch government is supplying six sweeping arm systems for the BP oil spill. The technology involves a skimmer that picks up oil and water and then separates the two.

  • What is 'top kill' and when will we know if it plugs BP oil spill?

    What is 'top kill' and when will we know if it plugs BP oil spill?

    The 'top kill' procedure aims to cap the undersea well feeding the BP oil spill in the Gulf. The US Coast Guard gave approval Wednesday to proceed.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 05/24

    Handsome Dan, Yale University's bulldog mascot, stands near future graduates during commencement at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., on Monday.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 05/18

    Pilgrims in southern Spain ride horses en route to the shrine of El Rocio in Donana national park during the annual El Rocio pilgrimage, on Tuesday in Sanlucar de Barrameda, near to Cadiz. The pilgrimage to Almonte, which houses the Virgin del Rocio, is the largest in Spain, with hundreds of thousands of devotees in traditional outfits converging in a burst of color as they make their way on horseback and decorated carriages across the Andalusian countryside.