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Is the Feres Doctrine Fair?

The legal precedent that protects the U.S. military from medical malpractice suits is challenged

Petraeus’ path forward in Afghanistan, CIA

KABUL, Afghanistan — Army Gen. David Petraeus still drinks out of a travel mug that bears the eagle patch of the 101st Airborne Division and a sticker that reads “Eagle 6,” his call sign as commander of that division in the early years of the last decade.

NATO: Botched Air Raid May Have Killed Civilians

CAIRO — NATO acknowledged late Sunday that one of its airstrikes “may have caused a number of civilian casualties” during a bombing raid on the Libyan capital Tripoli, due to what it said appeared to be a technical malfunction.

Obama faces conflicting pressures on Afghanistan drawdown

WASHINGTON — High-level national security team meetings are called. Military leaders make their case. Members of Congress weigh in. And the news media press for a decision.

For Robert Gates, caring for troops was job No. 1

When Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates leaves the Pentagon every evening, he carries home a sheaf of documents about the latest American soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. After dinner, usually alone, he takes out a pen and writes notes to the families of the fallen.

Army suicides in May are most in nearly a year

Twenty-one active-duty soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in May, according to a statement released by the Army yesterday. That figure is the most since last June.

Obama talks drawdown with his top Afghan commander

Gen. David Petraeus has given the White House a range of options for starting a military withdrawal in Afghanistan by July. And although details are still not public, signs of troop cuts emerged Thursday, The Associated Press reports.

Mike Mullen Tells All to Letterman

Times sure do change. You can’t imagine LBJ sending Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Earle Wheeler on Johnny Carson to explain Vietnam War policy, but here’s Admiral Mike Mullen chatting up David Letterman about the death of Osama bin Laden.

Pentagon helps defense companies fend off cyberattacks

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has begun helping defense contractors protect their computer networks from cyberattacks, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said this week.

Saudi women defy driving ban

(CNN) — Women put keys to ignitions Friday in Saudi Arabia to start up a roaring challenge to the conservative Islamic kingdom’s prohibition of female drivers.

White House Rejects War Powers Mandate

Senior White House officials are saying nothing about the lawsuit filed against President Obama Wednesday by members of Congress over the ongoing American involvement in a NATO operation to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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