Everyone in Congress says they want to help create jobs and economic growth.
A suicide bombing in southern Afghanistan killed two children and injured eight people Thursday, a government official said.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the ongoing Syria crisis.
President Barack Obama on Saturday reluctantly signed a defense authorization bill, saying he was concerned about some in Congress who want to restrict options used by counterterrorism officials.
The Senate gave approval Thursday to a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature.
Rep. Ron Paul says Congress is playing politics with the budget and will wait to the last minute to avoid a shutdown.
The White House lifted a veto threat against a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill on Wednesday after legislators made changes in language involving detainees.
House and Senate negotiators Monday announced an agreement on a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill, including modifications to its detainee language they hope will address White House concerns about that section and avoid a possible veto by President Barack Obama.
A controversial provision to require the military to retain custody of terror suspects affiliated with al Qaeda, the Taliban or their allies has been approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee and will be voted on by the Senate.
Lisa Sylvester looks at reports that most fake military components are traced to China.
A bipartisan congressional report has found a widespread problem with counterfeit electronic parts installed or purchased for use in American military systems around the world. Two U.S. senators said most of the bogus parts originate in China, according to an investigation by their staff.
NATO is trying to learn specifics about how many surface-to-air missiles and launchers may still be operational inside Libya and who controls them, a NATO official told CNN Thursday.
The Senate Armed Services Committee could be forgiven had Tuesday's confirmation hearing for Gen. Martin Dempsey gone very quickly. Dempsey is President Obama's nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but he just went through a confirmation hearing four and a half months ago when he was nominated to be the Army chief of staff.
Senators have found $6 billion in potential cuts to bring next year's proposed defense budget to $682 billion, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Friday.
Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as those in the equivalent House committees, will be allowed to view the photographs taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed, a U.S. official told CNN Tuesday.
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh looks at who else was in the compound when Osama bin Laden died.
A top U.S. general said Thursday he doubts that Libyan rebels could push into the nation's capital and topple Moammar Gadhafi, even with the NATO air cover.
The risk of counterfeit electronics being used in military equipment has prompted a congressional investigation, the top senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday.
Fifteen months after the Fort Hood shootings, the Army is poised to report to the secretary of defense on how the suspect, Maj. Nidal Hasan, rose through the ranks without raising any alarms.
If the United States were to capture a terrorist outside the battle zone, what the government can do with that individual is a "vexing challenge," a top U.S. official said.
A new report questions whether the centerpiece of the Obama administration's exit strategy for Afghanistan -- a training program for Afghan security forces -- can deliver as promised.
A revised version of the defense authorization bill that provides leeway on how to spend the Pentagon budget won approval from Congress on Wednesday, sending it to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos is sticking to his guns in opposing gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, warning Tuesday that a change now in current policy could pose a deadly distraction on the Afghanistan battlefield.
Military leaders testify to a Senate committee on the Pentagon's study on gays in the military.
Now is not the time to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. armed forces, Sen. John McCain said at a hearing Thursday.
The Pentagon report on gays and lesbians in the military has been simmering for weeks but hits the full boil Tuesday.
Anderson Cooper reports on criticism levelled at Sen. John McCain's public statements on gays in the military.
One of the most bitterly contested issues facing the soon-to-be adjourned Congress will take center stage next week when military leadership is called to testify about repealing the military prohibition on gay troops serving openly.
Senators pushing for a repeal of the ban on openly gay troops serving in the military say they are encouraged by the progress toward a vote.
Two days after a federal judge in California issued an injunction, telling the U.S. military to "immediately... suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'," the Department of Defense still hasn't told commanders in the field who handle the DADT investigations what to do.
The powerful House Armed Services chairman warned Wednesday that he won't let a Defense Department cost-cutting initiative result in a budget cut for the nation's military.
The Senate Armed Services Committee grills Pentagon officials on recent cost-cutting initiatives.
Gen. James Amos, who is poised to become the new Marine Corps commandant, opposes repealing the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from the military.
When it comes to the cost of developing a controversial second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Department of Defense's math could be way off, a new government report concludes.
The Pentagon wants to know what military spouses think of the plan to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.
As I watched the split screen of the Petraeus hearings and the Kagan hearings this week, two views of what makes America great were clearly on display.
Summer temperatures are soaring, and that scratchy dryness in your throat makes you crave a glass of water.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered executive-branch agencies to extend to employees' same-sex partners the same benefits provided to their opposite-sex partners, to the extent allowed by law.
The U.S. House and a Senate committee approved amendments to a military bill Thursday that would repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, but only after some conditions are met.
Initial votes on a proposal to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy could occur Thursday in the Senate Armed Services Committee and the House.
Another key Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday endorsed a compromise plan to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.
CNN's Barbara Starr looks at plans to vote to repeal a policy that restricts gays and lesbians in the military.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued a lukewarm endorsement Tuesday of a Democratic plan to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates issued a lukewarm endorsement Tuesday of a newly unveiled Democratic plan to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Congress could soon take up a bill to end the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" practice and allow openly gay and lesbian people to serve in the military. The Pentagon expects its review of the policy by the end of the year.
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee plans to unleash a withering attack Wednesday on private contractors working for the company formerly known as Blackwater in Afghanistan, accusing them of flouting regulations and endangering the U.S. mission.
Colin Powell, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former secretary of state, has come out in favor of eventually repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay and lesbian service members.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates directs the Pentagon to review regulations governing the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
The Pentagon has taken the first steps toward repealing the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay and lesbian service members, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen will meet with other members of the Joint Chiefs on Monday to discuss President Obama's plan to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay and lesbian service members, according to two U.S. military officials.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on the resignation of a respected diplomat in protest over the Afghan war.
There is a well-known saying in Afghanistan: "You can rent an Afghan, but you can't buy him."
The United States is fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but there are thousands of troops caught-up in a very different battle and President Barack Obama is promising to win it.
The new U.S. commander in Afghanistan plans to issue a directive that will restrict the use of U.S. airstrikes in areas where civilian casualties might be a risk, his spokesman told CNN.
Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a man of many secrets.
Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal's special ops background may hurt his chance for confirmation. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.
A major United States military post is shutting down for three days following a rash of suicides, the post announced.
An increase in the number of suicides among military personnel can be traced, in part, to a "stressed and tired force" made vulnerable by multiple deployments, a military leader said Wednesday.
Top Democrats have expressed concern over President Obama's plan to draw down nearly two-thirds of U.S. forces in Iraq by August 2010, while some key Republicans are offering praise.
Cost overruns on big-ticket Pentagon projects have left the U.S. military facing a budgetary "train wreck" at a time of growing budget deficits, Sen. John McCain said Tuesday.
A new Defense Department review of detainee operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, concludes that the operation does not torture detainees but rather treats them humanely and in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.
Former Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed is back in Britain with allegations of torture. CNN's Paula Newton reports.
The head of the Senate Armed Services committee said Thursday that he needed more information on how the nominee for deputy secretary of defense would handle conflicts of interests in his Pentagon post.
CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on President Obama's first meeting with U.S. military commanders.
President-elect Obama says Gen. Eric Shinseki has agreed to be Veterans Affairs secretary.
In fairness to Gen. Eric Shinseki, he's never said "I told you so."
Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq who has been nominated to head American forces in the Middle East, said Thursday he hopes to make recommendations for further troop reductions in Iraq before he moves to his new post in September.
The Senate Armed Services Committee moved Wednesday to ban U.S. military funding of Iraqi reconstruction projects costing more than $2 million.
The Pentagon has agreed to cut from its budget $171 million to build police stations in Iraq after demands from Congress that the Iraqi government spend its recent oil windfall on reconstruction projects.
The three candidates staked out their positions questioning Petraeus and Crocker, bringing to light hard choices ahead
The Army's chief of staff told a Senate panel Tuesday that combat in Afghanistan and Iraq has left "our Army out of balance, consumed by the current fight," and could affect troop levels in the near future.
Pentagon report slams military over lax security oversight of the nation's nuclear arsenal
The Secretary of Defense made clear to Congress that the number of F-22 fighters sought by the Air Force is excessive
He's been criticized for a lack of foreign policy experience. But should his multicultural background and early years spent abroad be dismissed so easily?
On his second day of testimony, the general failed to reassure skeptical Senators from both parties
Analysis: The former interim leader has positioned himself as a replacement for Maliki. But he's always been more popular in Washington than in Iraq
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that the United States could start withdrawing troops from Iraq later this year -- "if circumstances on the ground permit."
We heard two new voices this week in our nation's capital: One partisan and political, the other professional military.
The Senate voted 95-2 Wednesday to approve Robert Gates as President Bush's choice to replace Donald Rumsfeld as defense secretary.
The Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved President Bush's nomination of Robert Gates to be defense secretary Tuesday and sent it to the full Senate for approval, the committee's outgoing chairman said.
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings into allegations that U.S. Marines committed an atrocity last year in the Iraqi city of Haditha, the panel's chairman said Sunday.
Three U.S. senators plan legislation that will send a stark message to Iraqi politicians: Form a government quickly or risk losing U.S. military support.
A top Democratic senator said Sunday he plans to introduce Monday a resolution calling for President Bush to be censured for his domestic wiretapping program.
Iraq's national security adviser said Sunday that violence from the past week is not a precursor to civil war between the country's religious factions.
If the Republican Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee wants to get a second opinion on how the war in Iraq is going, where does he turn? To the Pentagon, but not to the top brass this time. In an unusual closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill last week, Virginia's John Warner, joined by Democratic Senators Carl Levin of Michigan and Mark Dayton of Minnesota, sat across the table from 10 military officers chosen for their experience on the battlefield rather than in the political arena. Warner rounded up the battalion commanders to get at what the military calls "ground truth" -- the unvarnished story of what's going on in Iraq.
John Negroponte, the President's pick for the first Director of National Intelligence (DNI), hasn't even been confirmed for the job yet, but he is already facing serious turf battles in the U.S. intelligence community.
Top members of the Senate Armed Services Committee met with the Pentagon's intelligence chief Monday amid reports that the Defense Department has been running a beefed-up intelligence-gathering unit.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has joined other Republicans in criticizing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
In what could be a significant blow against an intelligence overhaul bill stalled in Congress, the powerful Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee expressed new doubts Friday about the legislation.
Video of U.S. forces quelling disturbances at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facility were shown to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy said.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is getting closer to delivering a scathing report on the CIA's prewar intelligence on Iraq.
The Senate Armed Services Committee is poised to hold another hearing Wednesday examining the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers, but Republicans are divided over how hard to pursue the issue.
A Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee dismissed Tuesday the outrage over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops, saying Iraqis depicted in widely broadcast photographs probably had "blood on their hands."
Following is a transcript of the opening statement by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba testifying Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is investigating the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military personnel.
The general who exposed the Abu Ghraib prison scandal appears for the first time before the Senate today in what promises to be a grim accounting of what went wrong.
Lawmakers will privately review more images this week of U.S. troops mistreating Iraqi prisoners, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunday, amid widespread debate over whether Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should resign.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld came to the Senate Armed Services Committee knowing the spotlight he's always embraced would not be kind to him on this day. He came ready with a statement of contrition.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld offered his "deepest apology" Friday for the abuse of some Iraqi prisoners by their U.S. captors, and he warned lawmakers on Capitol Hill that graphic videos and more pictures of the mistreatment are likely to surface.
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld revealed Friday that videos and "a lot more pictures" exist of the abuse of Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib prison.