Defense Department

In this handout image provided by the U.S. Navy, an F-35B Lightning II makes the first vertical landing on a flight deck at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp on Oct. 3, 2011 in the Atlantic Ocean. (credit: Natasha R. Chalk/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

Marines Forming First Squadron To Fly Next-Generation Strike Fighter Jet

The Marine Corps is forming the first squadron of pilots to fly the next-generation strike fighter jet, months after lawmakers raised concern that there was a rush to end the testing of an aircraft hit with technical problems.

11/19/2012

File photo of police officer holding a shotgun. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Defense Department Halts Issuing Free Weapons To Police

The Defense Department has stopped issuing weapons to thousands of law enforcement agencies until it is satisfied that state officials can account for all the surplus guns, aircraft, Humvees and armored personnel carriers it has given police under a $2.6 billion program, The Associated Press has learned.

06/08/2012

File photo of the U.S. Secret Service. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Military: 5 Curfew Violations At Hotel In Scandal

Five U.S. service members were confined to quarters after violating curfew at the same Colombian hotel where Secret Service agents are accused of misconduct, military authorities said Saturday.

04/14/2012

A villager points to a spot where a family was allegedly shot in their residence by a rogue U.S. soldier in Alkozai village of Panjwayi district, Kandahar province on March 11, 2012. (credit: Mamoon Durrani/AFP/Getty Images)

Soldier Accused In Deadly Afghan Shooting To Be Flown Back To US

A senior defense official says the U.S. soldier accused in the killings of 16 Afghan civilians is expected to be flown to the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as early as Friday.

03/16/2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks to members of the military, many of whom are with the Army Nurse Corps, at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Landstuhl, Germany on Feb. 3, 2012. (credit: Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)

Lawsuit Accuses Military Of Having ‘High Tolerance For Sexual Predators’

Eight current and former members of the U.S. military allege in a new federal lawsuit that they were raped, assaulted or harassed during their service and suffered retaliation when they reported it to their superiors.

03/06/2012

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