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  • Robert Gates' last day at Pentagon: three reasons he'll be missed

    If Defense Secretary Robert Gates feels any twinge of wistfulness when he departs the Pentagon on Thursday, it probably won't last long. Even during the Bush years, Mr. Gates spoke often of the clock in his office by which he counted down the days until he could retire to his beloved Washington State. When President Obama asked him to stay on as defense secretary, Gates made no secret that he did so out of public duty, not an affinity for Washington, D.C. But Washington insiders certainly had an affinity for Gates. Here are three reasons America’s longest-serving secretary of Defense will be missed – and legacies that many hope will last after he's gone.
    06/30/2011 10:15 am

  • Kabul attack: Is Afghanistan ready to take over NATO's security duties?

    NATO’s Afghanistan coalition lauded Afghan police and security forces for responding ‘quickly and professionally’ to the Kabul attack. But the raid will probably provide fodder for critics of President Obama’s plan to draw down US troops in the country.
    06/29/2011 02:31 pm

  • Troop exit plan means hard choices for US commanders in Afghanistan

    Obama's decision that all 30,000 'surge' forces must leave Afghanistan by end of next summer is not the troop exit plan US military leaders were hoping to hear. What choices confront them?
    06/23/2011 11:10 am

  • 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.
    06/22/2011 07:30 pm

  • Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Three options weighed by the White House

    How many US troops are coming home from Afghanistan this year? On the eve of Obama's speech on his promised July start to the drawdown of American forces, here are three scenarios.
    06/21/2011 09:23 pm

  • White House: 'Limited' Libya operation didn't require approval of Congress

    Responding to a House resolution, the White House cited 'important US interests' in claiming authority for the 'constrained' military operations in Libya. Critics said their concerns were not satisfied.
    06/15/2011 11:12 pm

  • Does it make sense to punish Pakistan for the arrest of CIA informants?

    The reported arrest of CIA informants who helped the US find Osama bin Laden has raised anger on Capitol Hill. But hastily punishing Pakistan could harm the US war effort in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials caution.
    06/15/2011 08:13 pm

  • US covert attacks in Yemen: A better template for the war on terror?

    The new campaign follows US concerns about a fortified Al Qaeda in conflict-torn Yemen. It’s very likely a harbinger of things to come, some national security experts say.
    06/15/2011 08:05 pm

  • CIA chief Leon Panetta: The next Pearl Harbor could be a cyberattack

    Leon Panetta, at a confirmation hearing for the post of Defense secretary, says the US will need to take 'both defensive ... as well as aggressive measures' to deal with the threat of cyberattack.
    06/09/2011 06:58 pm

  • In Pictures Robert Gates through the years

Doing Good


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Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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