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NATO members will seek to reinvent their alliance during summit. Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised a vote on DADT during lame duck session.

NATO members will seek to reinvent the alliance at summit

LISBON, Portugal — When President Barack Obama sits down with fellow heads of state here Friday evening for the start of two days of meetings with NATO partners, he will be negotiating over more than an Afghanistan exit strategy.

U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks for first time in Afghan war

The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics that have been employed by American forces this fall to attack the Taliban.

Reid promises vote on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ in lame-duck session

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday promised he will call for a vote on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” law when the Senate returns from its Thanksgiving break, in a last-minute effort to repeal the law by the end of the year.

Troop Divorce Rates Level in 2010

Newly released Pentagon statistics show that the overall military divorce rate leveled off in 2010 after a consistent increase over the previous five years.

Stalled Nuke Pact Risks US-Russia Reset

Rumblings in Washington by the resurgent Republican Party against Senate ratification of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty raise doubts about a fragile U.S.-Russian rapprochement — the “reset” that has been a centerpiece of President Obama’s diplomacy.

NATO details Afghan clash that killed 5 Americans

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO released Thursday the first details on an insurgent attack that killed five U.S. soldiers over the weekend, saying the Americans were trying to rout militants from a volatile valley in eastern Kunar province when they came under fire.

Top US, Israeli Military Leaders Meet Amid Iran Controversy

The top U.S. and Israeli military officers met Wednesday amid some disagreement among senior leaders of the two countries on how best to pressure Iran to abandon its alleged nuclear weapons program.  The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, hosted his Israeli counterpart, General Gabi Ashkenazi at the Pentagon

Analysis: Assertive Karzai bewilders allies

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — With the war at a critical stage, Afghanistan’s president is publicly berating his NATO allies, criticizing military tactics and occasionally reminding them that they are not the only players in his country.

Asking a tough question for suicide prevention

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”

It is one of the toughest questions that Petty Officer 3rd Class David Callahan and others who recently became “suicide first-aid responders” at bases in mainland Japan and Okinawa could imagine asking anybody. It is uncomfortable to do even in a role-playing exercise.

Conviction Unlikely to Help Obama Shut Gitmo

WASHINGTON — The first court conviction of a Guantanamo Bay detainee did little to push President Obama closer to shuttering the island prison, making it increasingly likely his campaign promise will remain unmet by the time his current term expires.

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