| Nov 21, 2013
| 3:00 AM
WASHINGTON — The first three women to complete Marine infantry training will graduate Thursday, national symbols of the growing push to integrate women into front-line combat units — and potent reminders of the barriers that remain.
| Dec 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
When the Air Force looked for ways to save money last year to deal with declining budgets, officials decided to halt work on a high-flying, long-endurance spy drone built in Palmdale by defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp.
At a cost of $35,000 per...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 5:22 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — With opposition to military action growing among Americans and lawmakers, President Barack Obama is heading to Congress on Tuesday with fresh hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough that would allow Syria's government to avert U.S....
| Sep 11, 2013
What if we attack Syria?
What if we don't?
These are the biggest "what if?" questions on the planet right now.
Yet the White House team tasked with handling them is showing a selective aversion to related "what if?" questions.
What if Congress...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 5:34 PM
President Obama is scheduled to address the nation at 6 p.m. PDT Tuesday to explain his administration’s response to a reported chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Although the speech was originally planned to sell the idea of punitive military...
| Sep 22, 2013
Re "Patt Morrison Asks: Howard 'Buck' McKeon," Opinion, Sept. 18
Patt Morrison notes that Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon's (R-Santa Clarita) "campaigns have benefited from the district's aerospace and defense industries."
So when he asks for better funding...
| Oct 1, 2013
In the 2012 elections, J Street, the relatively new pro-Israel lobby whose stated purpose is to promote a progressive peace agenda in the Middle East, says its PAC disbursed more than $1.8 million to candidates from 26 states, thus helping eight Senate...
| Jul 21, 2013
In his use of American power and influence abroad, Barack Obama's critics say he has been reluctant, gun-shy and prone to saying one thing and doing another. They're right. They're only wrong in thinking it's a bad thing.
Egypt has undergone a...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 12:43 PM
Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, was on the receiving end of a "sobering" briefing Tueday from top Defense Department officials.
As head of the readiness panel on the House Armed Services Committee, he's trying to assess the impact of furloughs on...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 3:39 PM
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange branded Pfc. Bradley Manning's espionage conviction Tuesday an episode of "national security extremism" while other supporters expressed relief that he was acquitted of the most serious charge. Among Manning's critics,...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:38 PM
WASHINGTON – A group of lawmakers is urging President Obama to seek congressional authorization for any military action against Syria, warning that failure to do so would be unconstitutional.
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), who represents a district...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 11:55 AM
Years ago, desperate for a subject for a short “light and bright” editorial, I came across a news story about a telephone company that offered a “Dial-an-Atheist” service. The seeming absurdity of the idea appealed to me, and a...