When Maryland National Guard Capt. Cara Kupcho first enlisted in the military 18 years ago, she wanted to drive a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. "I like things that go boom," she explained Thursday. "I like tanks."
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift the long-standing ban on women serving in direct combat, Pentagon officials said, opening hundreds of thousands of military jobs previously closed to female service members.
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. These books provide a more detailed look at his political rise and his views.