With the threat of a mandatory, across-the-board series of cuts known as sequestration looming over the Pentagon, each of the services has begun its worst-case-scenario planning. Here is where the cuts stand now:
Critics of Chuck Hagel's potential candidacy have focused on remarks he made years ago about Israel, Iran, and Hamas. Some even called him anti-Semitic, a charge branded as outrageous, even by other critics.
New Marine squadron: Marine Corps pilots are the first to fly the new F-35B, a next-generation strike fighter jet. The new squadron will replace Cold War-era aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier. Is the F-35B ready for combat?
Senator John McCain said sending former President Bill Clinton to the Middle East would show Israel and Palestine the US is serious about peace. McCain has called for the US to be heavily involved in the current conflict.