Mattis on Iraq: ‘You just don’t take anything off the table up front’

“If a brigade of a our paratroopers or a battalion landing team of our Marines would strengthen our allies at a key juncture... then we should do what is necessary,” the general said.

    The trouble with the ‘no boots on the ground’ talk about Iraq and Syria

    The trouble with the ‘no boots on the ground’ talk about Iraq and Syria

    The comparison between Iraq in 2014 and Afghanistan in 2001 isn’t perfect. But it’s relevant when discussing the ‘no boots on the ground’ chatter in Washington this week.

    Foreign envoys’ presence at Pentagon meeting questioned

    Think tank leader invited ambassadors of countries that also donate to research institution.

    Fine Print: It’s going to be a long fight

    Al-Qaeda was just the first round of this protracted war against terrorism, Walter Pincus writes.

    Obama renews vow to avoid another U.S. ‘ground war’

    Secretary of State John Kerry faced questions on Capitol Hill about the president’s Islamic State strategy.

    Following scandal, Air Force sets incentive pay for nuclear force

    Following scandal, Air Force sets incentive pay for nuclear force

    Beginning Oct. 1, officers and enlisted personnel in its beleaguered nuclear missile force will get new financial incentives of up to $300 per month.

    The Air Force will now allow airmen to omit ‘so help me God’ from enlistment oaths

    The Air Force will now allow airmen to omit ‘so help me God’ from enlistment oaths

    An airman was unable to complete his reenlistment because he omitted a required part of an oath. The Air Force has now changed its instructions for the oath.

    Post reporter ‘facing interrogation,’ Iranian official says

    Post reporter ‘facing interrogation,’ Iranian official says

    The Iranian government has not said why Jason Rezaian was detained nearly two months ago.

    NSA Secrets

    FILE - This June 6, 213 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. In one case, telephone calls from Washington were intercepted when the city's area code was confused with the dialing code for Egypt.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Revelations and reaction

    The National Security Agency has been forced to respond to unprecedented disclosures about its surveillance programs. Those programs have been assailed as a violation of privacy rights by critics and defended as critical to U.S. national security by intelligence officials. Explore our coverage.

    Inside #22Kill, a star-studded campaign to fight veteran suicide

    Inside #22Kill, a star-studded campaign to fight veteran suicide

    The initiative is a nod toward a jarring statistic: About 22 military veterans commit suicide each day.

    TRANSCRIPT: Dempsey testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Islamic State

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff explained U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria.

    Investigation into F-35 fighter jet fire close to complete

    Investigation into F-35 fighter jet fire close to complete

    Since the fire on June 23, investigators have determined that there was excessive rubbing between a seal that’s part of an engine rotor and a piece of hard plastic designed to absorb the contact.

    Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

    Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

    Obama wants lawmakers on board in the fight, but that means striking a balance between restrictions, reality.