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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" 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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A memorial for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks stands at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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A memorial for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks stands at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $46 Billion

That’s how much the Pentagon would face in cuts for the rest of the fiscal year if automatic spending cuts went into effect March 1. The across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, will “result in a serious erosion of readiness across...

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Actor James Gandolfini as Leon Panetta in "Zero Dark Thirty."

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Actor James Gandolfini as Leon Panetta in "Zero Dark Thirty."

Panetta Sees Himself More Like Pacino Than Gandolfini

Just exactly a month ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta steered clear of critiquing “Zero Dark Thirty” when asked about the film by reporters flying with him to Lisbon. Today, though, he offered a casting quibble. “The guy who plays me isn’t quite, quite...

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U.S. Marines 2nd Batallion, 1st Marines Regiment with Female Engagement Team Sargeant Savanna E. Malendoski, center, and Sargeant Patricia A. Aquino, left, talk to Afghan villagers during a visit to a village in Gamser, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.

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U.S. Marines 2nd Batallion, 1st Marines Regiment with Female Engagement Team Sargeant Savanna E. Malendoski, center, and Sargeant Patricia A. Aquino, left, talk to Afghan villagers during a visit to a village in Gamser, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.

When Will Women Be Drafted for War? — When Congress Says So

So women will go to war. But when will they be drafted? The Defense Department’s decision to lift the ban against women on the front lines of combat leaves open the question of the draft. Men were drafted for the...

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U.S. Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) looks through his rifle as a Medevac helicopter takes off during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province on Oct. 13, 2012. T

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U.S. Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) looks through his rifle as a Medevac helicopter takes off during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province on Oct. 13, 2012. T

Defense Cuts: Unavoidable, Despite GDP Contraction Pinned on Defense?

Written with Richard Rubin Just as the U.S. gross domestic product is taking a hit from lower defense budgets, federal spending cuts viewed as unthinkable a few months ago — $1.2 trillion falling heavily on the Pentagon — are seen...

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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, President Barack Obama's nominee to become secretary of state, gives a 'thumbs-up' as he arrives  on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2013, to testify before his confirmation hearing before the committee to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, President Barack Obama's nominee to become secretary of state, gives a 'thumbs-up' as he arrives on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2013, to testify before his confirmation hearing before the committee to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Washington Daybook: Taking the Hot Seat

One day after members of congress grilled Hillary Clinton over the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Sen. John Kerry faces a hearing of his own as the nominee to replace Clinton as secretary of state. The Senate Foreign...

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U.S. medics from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion 82nd Aviation, General Supprot Aviation Battalion, tend to two Afghan women on a Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter as they fly to Bagram Air Field,  from Parwan province, Afghanistan.

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U.S. medics from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion 82nd Aviation, General Supprot Aviation Battalion, tend to two Afghan women on a Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter as they fly to Bagram Air Field, from Parwan province, Afghanistan.

Women in Combat: Reality Catches Up

Written with David Lerman With word that the Pentagon is lifting a ban on women serving in direct combat roles, women who have served in the military — including some who have come home with Purple Hearts — are hailing...

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the end of the General Audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the end of the General Audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vatican City.

Pope to Panetta: ‘Thank You’

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is asking for a little divine intervention as he wraps up his service at the Pentagon. Panetta is spending this week on a trip to western Europe, with the official purpose of thanking NATO allies for...

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