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  • Five ways 9/11 has transformed the US military

    Five ways 9/11 has transformed the US military

    The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, fundamentally transformed the way the United States military wages war. With the invasion of Afghanistan and, months later, Iraq on the heels of 9/11, the wars have caused the Pentagon to rethink the way it fights, how it spends money in times of crisis, and what it values in both its highest and lowest-ranking commanders. The Monitor asked experts to weigh in on the Top 5 ways in which 9/11 has changed the US military.

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    Gary Sinise, aka "Lt. Dan," is an active supporter of American veterans via his Gary Sinise Foundation. Last month, Sinise took 50 wounded vets to Disneyland.

  • Difference Maker Bryan Hoddle helps wounded vets run – and dream – again

    He's more than a track coach: He's a counselor and a friend, listening to a life story.

  • Decoder Buzz Was Amelia Earhart a US spy? (+video)

    The rumor persists that Amelia Earhart was spying on Japan for her good friend, President Franklin Roosevelt. A new expedition to find her downed aircraft may finally put to rest some of the wild theories about the aviatrix.

  • Five ways 9/11 has transformed the US military

    Five ways 9/11 has transformed the US military

    The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, fundamentally transformed the way the United States military wages war. With the invasion of Afghanistan and, months later, Iraq on the heels of 9/11, the wars have caused the Pentagon to rethink the way it fights, how it spends money in times of crisis, and what it values in both its highest and lowest-ranking commanders. The Monitor asked experts to weigh in on the Top 5 ways in which 9/11 has changed the US military.

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

    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.

  • Study of US troops in wartime: Morale droops and 'acute stress' rises

    Study of US troops in wartime: Morale droops and 'acute stress' rises

    More than 1,200 soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan completed surveys between July and August of last year. The US military released the results Thursday.

  • Gabrielle Giffords and 5 others who persevered

    Gabrielle Giffords and 5 others who persevered

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has moved from a Tucson, Ariz., hospital to the next phase of her recovery: rehabilitation. The Arizona Democrat has already shown signs of affection, determination, and appreciation for public support as she embarks on the comeback trail after being shot in the head two weeks ago. It's a difficult road, but one that others in the public eye have also walked. Here's a look at Giffords and five other profiles in perseverance. It can't claim to be a "Top 5" list, but the people exemplify grace and courage in the face of extreme adversity.

  • New veterans face financial stress at home

    The New Economy New veterans face financial stress at home

    Some 30,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have come home injured since the wars began. Many face financial difficulties as a result; but some groups are stepping in to help.

  • Obama and Hamid Karzai agree to differ on Afghanistan war

    Obama and Hamid Karzai agree to differ on Afghanistan war

    Presidents Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai acknowledged Wednesday that the problems of the Afghanistan war are deep-seated and that the US and Afghanistan might not always agree on the best way forward. But they reaffirmed the strength of the alliance.

  • Fort Hood aftermath: Some Army officers’ careers may be over

    A report released Friday on the Fort Hood shootings was short on specifics about Army officers who failed to do their jobs. But the Army is conducting another investigation, which could result in disciplinary action.