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  1. Texan who faked military past guilty in guns case

    A Texas convicted felon who faked being an Army Ranger to get close to a decorated retired Navy Seal faces up to 10 years in prison for having two guns.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  2. Retired FBI agent Robert Lustyik Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to 11 federal charges of fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges. Federal prosecutors say Lustyik derailed an investigation into military contract fraud by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source. AP

    Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty in Afghan scheme

    A former FBI agent pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he derailed an investigation into military contract fraud by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  3. Jay Leno during a visit to Israel in May. Sebastian Scheiner / AP

    Interview: Leno on USO, entertaining troops and his 'tank car'

    It would be tough to script a better opening line for a story from Jay Leno:

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    A Camp Hansen-based Marine looks downrange during marksmanship training Oct. 29. Marines will likely see changes to annual rifle qualifications including proper identification of targets, and shoot/no-shoot scenarios. Lance Cpl. Anne Henry / Marine Corps

    Marksmanship overhaul was a long time coming, say Marines

    Significant changes are in the works for Marine Corps marksmanship that are likely to make basic rifle qualifications more challenging, if not more complex, affecting everyone from the freshest boots to the grizzled infantrymen on predeployment workups.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  4. Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Central Command will be based out of Kuwait, a Marine official said. Here, senior Marine leaders thank members of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, on Sept. 3. Sgt. Gabriela Garcia / Marine Corps

    New crisis response unit to be based in Kuwait

    The Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  5. U.S. soldiers patrol an Afghanistan highway on Aug. 11 in Parwan province. The U.S. and Afghanistan expect to sign an agreement to keep about 10,000 American troops there after combat operations end at the close of this year, an Obama aide said. Cpl. George Huley / Army

    U.S. to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

    The United States and Afghanistan will sign a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year, a U.S. official said.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    Omar Gonzalez, accused White House fence jumper, was previously arrested in Pulaski County, Va., in July. New River Regional Jail

    Report: White House intruder made it far past front door

    A man who scaled a White House fence this month and breached the mansion's front door apparently rushed past a Secret Service agent inside and was stopped only after reaching the building's East Room, a government official confirmed Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  6. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at the 2014 Concordia Summit on Sept. 29 in New York City. McCain said Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer. Leigh Vogel / Getty Images

    McCain: Ground troops needed to fight ISIL

    Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer, Sen. John McCain, a longtime critic of President Obama's foreign policy, said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  7. By President Obama's own admission, the U.S. bombing campaign against militants in Syria could help President Bashar Assad cling to power. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner

    By President Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him stay in power.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  8. Marine Corps Times app Jennifer Milbrett

    Marine Corps Times unveils new mobile app, monthly subscription model

    Marine Corps Times is revolutionizing its digital experience with the introduction of new mobile applications for smartphones and tablets. A completely revamped website also is on the way.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard 'Buck' McKeon, R-Calif. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Delay vote on authorizing airstrikes, key GOP lawmaker says

    By the time Congress decides whether it wants to vote on authorizing new military intervention in Iraq and Syria, the fight could be over.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  9. U.S. Navy medical personnel displays an enteral feeding tube used for force-feeding detainees during a tour of the detainee hospital at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The Obama administration is seeking to close a court hearing into the government's treatment of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, saying that much of the information about the man is classified. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Administration seeks to close Gitmo hearing

    The Obama administration is seeking to close a court hearing into the government's treatment of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, saying that much of the information about the man is classified.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  10. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen attends the debate about planned weapon aid for Kurdish Peshmerga forces at the parliament Bundestag on Sept. 1 in Berlin. Markus Schreiber / AP

    Germany unable to meet NATO readiness target

    Germany's military is unable to meet its medium-term readiness target should NATO call on its members to mobilize against an attack, officials said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  11. Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign on Tuesday in Washington. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    IS fight already near $1 billion as strategy shifts

    The air war in Syria and Iraq has already cost nearly $1 billion and ultimately could cost as much as $22 billion per year if a large ground force is deployed to the region, according to an analysis by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  12. Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

    On a recent evening, two of Jordan's top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  13. U.S. envoy says no talks with North Korea in sight

    Washington believes that North Korea is increasingly unwilling to live up to its nuclear disarmament commitments, and is using three detained Americans as pawns, a senior U.S. envoy said Monday.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  14. Marriage fraud can earn you a prison sentence, stiff fines

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials want service members to say, 'I don't' to marriage fraud, warning that it is a federal crime and no laughing matter.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    MV-22 Ospreys figure heavily into new Marine Corps concepts of operations, particularly when it comes to quickly moving personnel and material. Sgt. Sarah Fiocco / Marine Corps

    Robots, drones may assist Marine logisticians with new missions

    A postwar strategy dominated by the Expeditionary Force 21 concept and a return to small-unit, amphibious missions will put previously unheard of demands on the Marine logistics community.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  15. In Pakistan, bomb kills 8 as U.S. drone kills 4

    A bomb blast killed eight people Sunday in northwestern Pakistan as a U.S. drone strike nearby killed four suspected militants, officials said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  16. President Obama speaks on Sept. 26 at the White House. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

    President Obama told '60 Minutes' that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army's ability to fight the militants.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  17. Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of Marine Forces Reserve, sees new responsibilities for Reserve units in the coming year. Staff

    Five-year dwell standard eyed for Marine Reserves

    Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of Marine Forces Reserve, doesn't intend to let the close of a ground war lead to the atrophy of the reservists in his charge.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  18. A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / Defense Department

    U.S.-led airstrikes hit Syria oil refinery near Turkey

    Airstrikes likely carried out by a U.S.-led coalition struck an oil refinery in Syria held by the Islamic State group Sunday, a witness said, shaking buildings and sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  19. Report: Iran builds surface-to-surface missile

    A news agency in Iran is reporting that the Islamic Republic has built a new surface-to-surface cruise missile capable of being launched from an airplane.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
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    The final section of the last American military convoy to depart Iraq crosses over the border into Kuwait on Dec. 18, 2011, in Khabari Al Awazeem, Kuwait. Mario Tama / Getty Images

    Poll: 70% of troops say no more boots on the ground in Iraq

    As the tide of war rises again in the Middle East, the military's rank and file are mostly opposed to expanding the new mission in Iraq and Syria to include sending a large number of U.S.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  20. Marines who deploy to Central America with the Corps' new special purpose Marine air-ground task force will train with partner militaries from Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. John Bretschneider/Staff

    Corps to send 200 Marines to Central America during hurricane season

    At the start of the next hurricane season, the Corps plans to dispatch about 200 Marines to Central America in the form of a new special purpose Marine air-ground task force.

    • Sep. 27, 2014

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