President Obama's firm determination that no more American combat forces will be introduced in the Middle East battlefield may well thwart his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Hours after Congress passed a range of proposals to combat sexual assaults in the armed forces, President Barack Obama ordered military leaders on Friday to conduct a yearlong review of their progress in eliminating rape from the ranks — and threatened further changes if he is not satisfied.
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.