| May 22, 2013
| 4:04 PM
A bipartisan group of lawmakers pressed the Obama administration Wednesday to reduce the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs by improving cooperation between the several agencies that have a role in the process.
| May 28, 2013
| 3:06 PM
As officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs look internally for solutions to a claims backlog that is drawing increasing fire from Capitol Hill, they are also reaching for outside help from some of the nation's best-known veterans groups....
| May 24, 2013
| 3:40 AM
President Barack Obama will travel to Annapolis to speak at the Naval Academy commencement today, addressing the class at a time when the military faces complicated internal challenges the graduating midshipmen will soon inherit.
It is the second time...
| May 24, 2013
| 4:32 PM
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough visited the Baltimore regional office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday to discuss efforts to address the agency's persistent backlog of veterans disability claims.
The Baltimore office,...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 12:29 PM
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ben Cardin met with Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on Wednesday in an effort to smooth concerns the Maryland Democrat has raised about the controversial appointment.
Usually a reliable supporter of the Obama administration,...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 5:12 PM
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will end the long-standing prohibition on women serving in direct combat, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, opening hundreds of thousands of military jobs previously closed to female service members.
Panetta and Gen....
| Jan 24, 2013
| 5:55 PM
When Maryland National Guard Capt. Cara Kupcho first enlisted in the military 18 years ago, she wanted to drive a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, a 30-ton, armor-busting tank.
"I like things that go boom," she explained Thursday. "I like tanks."
But as a...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 11:10 AM
Whether Chuck Hagel and John Brennan are the ideal men to lead the Pentagon and CIA remains to be seen. We need the exercise of a through vetting in Senate confirmation hearings, and certainly an examination of the nominees' past statements and actions is...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 4:41 AM
Now that Chuck Hagel has been nominated by President Obama as defense secretary, his record is sure to be intensely scrutinized -- even more than it was when he was a senator. His past remarks on Israel and a gay man have already triggered some criticism....
| Jan 12, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Biography isn't policy. President Barack Obama's choice for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, former Nebraska Republican senator, has a resume most politicians can envy: a clean senatorial record, no ethical lapses and two Purple Hearts from a war many...
| Jan 14, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Over the past two years, the Obama administration has focused greater diplomatic attention and military resources on East Asia as part of a policy described as a "pivot" or "rebalancing." While American leaders are loath to admit it publicly, this is a...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Absent from the discussion about whether former Senator Chuck Hagel would make a good secretary of defense is any focus on lessons learned from personal factors like combat in war, as well as loyalty to the president.
As I was grousing about this, my...