From broken homes to a broken system

(Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post)

Surrounded by abuse, Native American youths encounter a juvenile justice system that often lacks any schooling or counseling. Instead, there is only the isolation of incarceration.

    Syria rebels face greater screening for U.S. training

    Syria rebels face greater screening for U.S. training

    Under the plan, fighters would undergo psychological tests and other evaluations, as military officials seek to lessen the risk that surrogate forces will use their weapons on civilians or later turn against the United States.

    New U.S. plan: ‘Leaner, meaner’ Iraqi force

    New U.S. plan: ‘Leaner, meaner’ Iraqi force

    After learning hard lessons rebuilding foreign militaries, the strategy is to train a vanguard element within the larger army.

    Despite controversy, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel calls the troops on Thanksgiving

    Despite controversy, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel calls the troops on Thanksgiving

    Hagel called a Marine in Liberia, a soldier in Afghanistan, an Air Force pilot in Kuwait and a sailor aboard the USS O’Kane, a Navy destroyer.

    Near-collisions between drones, airliners surge at busiest airports

    Near-collisions between drones, airliners surge at busiest airports

    25 incidents have been reported by pilots since June alone, showing an increasingly dangerous situation.

    The A-10 fighter jet will launch airstrikes against the Islamic State

    The A-10 fighter jet will launch airstrikes against the Islamic State

    The deployment comes during a political fight on Capitol Hill and in the Pentagon about whether the A-10 fleet should be retired.

    Jeh Johnson, other defense secretary contenders

    Jeh Johnson, other defense secretary contenders

    Johnson is well regarded in the Pentagon, but would be leaving the Department of Homeland Security at a complicated time.

    The future Battle of Mosul will be ‘easy,’ Iraqi governor says. No, really.

    The future Battle of Mosul will be ‘easy,’ Iraqi governor says. No, really.

    “It will not be a big battle. It will be easy to free Mosul,” Atheel Nujaifi, the governor of Nineveh province, told a Kurdish news outlet.

    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.

    Requiem for Chuck Hagel’s many Pentagon reviews

    Requiem for Chuck Hagel’s many Pentagon reviews

    Hagel called for numerous assessments, to the point that it seemed to become a default move.

    Chuck Hagel’s heartfelt message to the troops about leaving the Pentagon

    Chuck Hagel’s heartfelt message to the troops about leaving the Pentagon

    ‘The world is still too dangerous, the threats too numerous, for us to lose focus,’ Hagel said.

    Who might replace Hagel?

    Who might replace Hagel?

    Any successor will likely have to get through a confirmation process in which Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz., leads the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    Biden visit draws U.S., Turkey closer on Syria strategy

    Biden visit draws U.S., Turkey closer on Syria strategy

    But no firm agreements were made for how to deal with the Islamic State and the Syrian government.