Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host a dinner on February 29 honoring Iraq war veterans, the fallen and their families, the White House announced Monday.
"This dinner, an expression of the nation's gratitude for the achievements and enormous sacrifices of the brave Americans who served in the Iraq war and of the families who supported them, will include men and women in uniform from all ranks, services, states and backgrounds, representative of the many thousands of Americans who served in Iraq," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a written statement.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Veterans advocacy groups have been called to the White House for a late afternoon meeting Tuesday to be briefed by Obama administration officials on the impact to veterans if Congress does not pass legislation raising the debt ceiling.
"We were notified late last night of the meeting," says David Autry, spokesman for Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Autry and several other veterans advocacy groups say a growing number of veterans are worried their disability check or other benefits could be cut or withheld if the debt ceiling crisis is not resolved.FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The raging Washington debate over increasing the debt limit already is foreshadowing perhaps the next budget tussle between the administration and Capitol Hill - a looming fight over cutting military spending.
The Pentagon is the middle of studying how it can meet President Barack Obama's orders to cut $400 billion in spending over the next 12 years - a plan that has raised eyebrows with pro-military Democrat and Republican members of Congress, many of them representing districts with defense contractors or military bases.
Washington (CNN) - Sometimes politics is conducted a bit at arms length and it appears that's exactly how former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld plans to keep it.
A source very close to Rumsfeld confirms that last week several former top Pentagon officials from Rumsfeld's tenure traveled to Austin, Texas to meet with Governor Rick Perry on national security and foreign policy issues. The source doesn't want his name used because he says Rumsfeld is not re-entering the political fray and that the arrangements were all conducted by "Perry's office" contacting "Rumsfeld's office" for ideas about whom to speak with.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will nominate Gen. Martin Dempsey, the relatively new Army chief of staff, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, several administration officials say.
The term of the current chairman, Adm. Michael Mullen, ends in September.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is considering General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Afghanistan, as the next possible CIA director, an Administration official confirms to CNN. The official would not be identified because no announcements have been made about upcoming personnel decisions.
The move would be just one of a complex shuffle set to take place through the rest of the year as key members of the president's national security team are set to depart, including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who has long wanted to retired, and The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, whose term is set to end this year.
(CNN) - Four-star Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli - the number two general in the U.S. army - says he is absolutely not offended that Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett mistook him for a waiter at a fancy Washington dinner this week and asked him for a glass of wine.
It could have happened to anybody, Chiarelli tells CNN.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Despite President Barack Obama's signing of a law repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a memo to troops warning them that it remains in effect until 60 days after the government certifies that the military is ready for implementation.
The Pentagon says it does not know how long the certification process may take.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - One of the best known - and most controversial - public figures of recent years, who said he never used e-mail, is now a devotee of social media, and is using it as a means of re-emerging in public after several years of low-profile life.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, whose memoir "Known and Unknown" is about to be published, is using both Twitter and Facebook, to publicize the upcoming book and to discuss current events.
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Washington (CNN) - One of the key goals of the new commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, is to try to settle the debate on the significance of the July 2011 date, according to an International Security Assistance Force official familiar with Petraeus' thinking.
After a month in the job, during which he stayed mostly out of public view, the general is preparing a round of interviews with media outlets.
July 2011 is the date President Barack Obama has set to begin reducing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. But just what that will mean continues to be a question that the administration is struggling to answer clearly.