Obama to lay out foreign policy approach in speech at West Point
May 25th, 2014
09:07 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama to lay out foreign policy approach in speech at West Point

Washington (CNN) - Eager to respond to criticism of his foreign policy approach to recent crises, from Syria to Ukraine, President Barack Obama will lay out his vision on Wednesday at the commencement at West Point for how the United States should apply force around the world.

"You will hear the President discuss how the United States will use all the tools in our arsenal without over-reaching," a White House official said.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Military • President Obama
U.S. Army's new hairstyle rules
April 10th, 2014
04:48 PM ET
3 months ago

African-American lawmakers ask Army to reconsider new hairstyle rule

Washington (CNN) - African-American female lawmakers are taking the Army to task for a new ban on a number of ethnic hairstyles, guidelines which some are calling racially discriminatory.

The group from the Congressional Black Caucus wrote Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday urging the military to reconsider the rule.

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Gov. Haley: Cuts to National Guard a 'slap in the face'
February 24th, 2014
04:40 PM ET
5 months ago

Gov. Haley: Cuts to National Guard a 'slap in the face'

Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, whose husband is in the National Guard and recently returned from a one-year deployment to Afghanistan, blasted the Obama administration's decision to make cuts to the reserve military force.

"It really is a slap in the face to anyone who has served over this past decade multiple times and left their life to do this," the Republican governor said Monday. "We have active duty, but the active duty hasn't felt the pain that the National Guard has felt, and this is not how you show your thanks."
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Military • Nikki Haley
Military-bought American flags now made in America
February 24th, 2014
06:46 AM ET
5 months ago

Military-bought American flags now made in America

You might be surprised if you looked at a tag on an American flag bought by the military. It could easily read “Made in China.”

While the flags were made correctly with 13 stripes and 50 stars, representing the original 13 American colonies and the 50 U.S. states, there was no law that said flags bought by the Pentagon had to be made in the United States.

That is until this past Friday.

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House votes to restore military pensions
February 11th, 2014
03:00 PM ET
5 months ago

House votes to restore military pensions

Washington (CNNMoney) - The House on Tuesday passed a bill to restore pension increases for some 750,000 military retirees.

The House voted 326 to 90 to undo cuts to cost-of-living hikes for military pensions for all current retirees and anyone who enlisted before Jan. 1. The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday.

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Filed under: Budget • Debt • Military
Sailors under investigation for cheating on nuclear exam
February 4th, 2014
03:54 PM ET
6 months ago

Sailors under investigation for cheating on nuclear exam

Washington (CNN) - Senior enlistees in the U.S. Navy who were training to use nuclear power reactors in South Carolina are under investigation for cheating on an exam, a top military official said Tuesday.

The operators are alleged to have shared the exam on a submarine teaching facility in 2010.

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Filed under: Military
January 29th, 2014
01:21 AM ET
6 months ago

A bipartisan outpouring for wounded war hero at State of the Union

(CNN) - It’s a partisan see-saw that marks when Democrats and Republicans stand and applause at a State of the Union address. Tax cuts – cue Republicans, raise the minimum wage – hurrah go the Democrats.

But on Tuesday night, an Army soldier with a heroic and remarkable story obliterated that custom, receiving arguably the most heartfelt expression of bipartisan gratitude any Congress could muster – a nearly two-minute standing ovation.

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State of the Union: Military - under the budget gun
January 27th, 2014
11:27 AM ET
6 months ago

State of the Union: Military - under the budget gun

(CNN) - The Iraq war is over and combat operations in Afghanistan end this year, but there's no evident peace dividend for the U.S. military.

Spending cuts from Washington budget deals have launched a transition started under former Defense Secretary Robert Gates to what he described as a leaner military shaped to deal with 21st Century challenges such as confronting terrorist-armed militias rather than full-fledged foreign armies.

CNN's live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. Go to CNN.com for complete coverage or take it with you on your iPhone, iPad or Android.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Military • State of the Union
Catholic priest sues over access denial at military base because of shutdown
October 14th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
9 months ago

Catholic priest sues over access denial at military base because of shutdown

(CNN) – A Catholic priest has gone to court, saying the partial government shutdown is preventing him from providing religious services– even voluntarily– on a U.S. military base.

Father Ray Leonard filed a lawsuit Monday in federal district court in Washington, saying he "wishes to continue practicing his faith and ministering to his faith community free of charge... but has been told that he is subject to arrest if he does so."
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October 10th, 2013
08:29 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama signs military death benefits bill

Updated 10/10/2013 at 8:30pm

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that continues federal funding of death benefits for military families, the White House said on Thursday.

The issue became an emotional political flashpoint because it had been cut during the government shutdown.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Military • Senate
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