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Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, speaks on screen during a virtual conversation at a featured session at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on March 10, 2014.

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Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, speaks on screen during a virtual conversation at a featured session at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on March 10, 2014.

Snowden’s Damage: More Trust Than Verify from Gov’t

So what damage did the world’s most infamous/famous/glamorous cyber geek cause the U.S. military-intelligence establishment? It’s a question worth pondering as we approach next week the first anniversary of news stories based on Edward Snowden’s massive document feeds to The...

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Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense in Miami.

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Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense in Miami.

Bob Gates, Meet Bob Woodward — There Are No ‘Do-Overs’

The media blitz that started former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ tour with his memoirs got off to a rocky start last week, you may recall. It had all the makings of a dream campaign: Feed the Washington Post an advance copy of “Duty,”...

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Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates salutes the march-in-review during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute for him at the Pentagon's River Terrace Parade Field in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2011.

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Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates salutes the march-in-review during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute for him at the Pentagon's River Terrace Parade Field in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2011.

Gates Tours with Memoir in Extra Printing, Obama: ‘War Never Easy’

Updated at 4:25 and 4:35 pm EST Retired Defense Secretary Robert Gates is braced for questions about the critique of the White House embodied in his widely sought memoir, “Duty,” that hits the bookstores Tuesday. As part of a media...

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"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Gates: Bombs Away in Memoir — How Green Lantern Drove a Decision

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s 594-page memoir “Duty” is getting a lot of ink for his revelations of disputes over Afghan policy with the National Security Council and President Barack Obama. There’s another side of Gates that readers may savor as the tome goes...

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

SEAL Bin Laden Book: Fight Goes On

First there was “Zero Dark Thirty,” and now there’s “Captain Phillips,” both movies that show Navy SEALs in a heroic light — the second made with Pentagon and Navy support. Now get ready for “Navy SEALS — The Lawsuit.” Maybe Charlie Sheen should be...

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Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips."

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Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips."

`Captain Phillips:’ Navy Helped Tell Tale, Pentagon’s Bad Book Review

The precision prowess of Navy SEAL commandos will be on full display today with the nationwide release of Sony Picture’s “Captain Phillips,” depicting the 2009 high-seas rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips, played by Tom Hanks, after a five-day ordeal with...

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A Tomahawk cruise missile flies toward Iraq after being launched from the AEGIS guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto in the Red Sea.

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A Tomahawk cruise missile flies toward Iraq after being launched from the AEGIS guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto in the Red Sea.

Syrian Assault: Reconciling No ‘Pin-Pricks’ with ‘Unbelievably Small’

The threat of military strikes against Syria has receded for now as the U.S. and Russia prepare for Geneva gestures over whether and how President Bashar al-Assad would turn over his chemical weapons. But if the talks fail, the U.S....

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Air Force One after landing prior the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in Saint Petersburg.

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Air Force One after landing prior the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in Saint Petersburg.

Competition for New Air Force One Aircraft May Dethrone Boeing

Written with John Hughes The search is on for a new presidential plane. Air Force Material Command issued an announcement canvassing the aerospace community for a new presidential aircraft today, according to a government website. Boeing since 1962 has built the...

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A scene from "Zero Dark Thirty" is shown in this handout photo taken on April 27, 2012.

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A scene from "Zero Dark Thirty" is shown in this handout photo taken on April 27, 2012.

Zero Dark Thirty: ‘And the Award Goes to…’

Critics and millions of fans let out a collective groan when the captivating, controversial “Zero Dark Thirty” failed to capture Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Another award connected with film-making — bestowed at a closed June 12 Pentagon Inspector...

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Beyonce and Bibi McGill perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Beyonce and Bibi McGill perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Beyonce: B6 in Marine Corps’ Eyes (‘Funny How the Truth Works’)

As “The Few, The Proud,” the Marines deserve their reputation with the press as mostly quick to respond with facts to a query — be it on Iraq, Afghanistan, the V-22 Osprey or Hurricane Sandy assistance. But when it comes...

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