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David Ignatius: Is White House talent infusion in the works?

WASHINGTON — Presidents often need new energy and talent to refurbish their second terms. George W. Bush opted for such a shake-up in 2006 and it arguably saved his presidency. Barack Obama is now facing a similar moment, and there are signs he's looking to make some personnel changes after …

October 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Panetta: America's greatest threat is from within

Panetta: America's greatest threat is from within

MISSOULA — The power to hunt down a terrorist like Osama bin Laden may not be enough to protect the United States from the folly of its own spending problems, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a Missoula audience Thursday.

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Wyoming's female soldiers say they saw action before combat ban was lifted

Wyoming's female soldiers say they saw action before combat ban was lifted

CASPER, Wyo. — Sarah Oliver grew up with one wish.

April 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Commander: Women 'in combat every day'

Commander: Women 'in combat every day'

CASPER, Wyo. — When Kathy Wright was in basic training she handled no weapons.

March 22, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…
Karzai and Panetta

Karzai and Panetta

Afghan President Hamid Karzai smiles as he and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrive for a full honors arrival ceremony on Thursday at the Pentagon. 

January 11, 2013 12:00 pmLoading…

Montana drops lawsuit over F-15 transfers

HELENA — A federal judge on Monday dismissed the state’s lawsuit against the Defense Department over its plans to move F-15 fighter jets from the Montana Air National Guard base in Great Falls to California.

July 09, 2012 2:27 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: U.S. must do more to combat military suicides

Gazette opinion: U.S. must do more to combat military suicides

More American military personnel have died by suicide this year than have been killed in combat. That terrible fact says more about the failure to protect the mental health of our troops than it does about a decrease in soldiers killed in action.

June 11, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Gov. Schweitzer set to sue over Air Guard mission

Gov. Schweitzer set to sue over Air Guard mission

HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer told the Defense Department on Thursday that he will sue to block any plans to take the state’s Air National Guard mission without a suitable replacement.

June 07, 2012 6:00 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Bring military airlift wing to Montana

The hurricane-prone Gulf Coast is home to numerous U.S. military bases. When a hurricane heads toward them, the aircraft are taken out of the area ahead of the storm.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Budget sequester would cut too deep in defense

WASHINGTON — It turns out that “budget sequestration,” portrayed as an evenhanded way to spur bipartisan negotiations over budget deficits, is actually a dagger aimed at defense spending. The president and other top administration officials have said the automatic spending cuts required by s…

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George Will: Romney fails to connect dots on national security

WASHINGTON -- Through 11 presidential elections, beginning with the Democrats' nomination of George McGovern in 1972, Republicans have enjoyed a presumption of superiority regarding national security. This year, however, events and their rhetoric are dissipating their advantage.

February 09, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Voters will judge Obama by actions, not oratory

The day before President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, he approved a daring parachute operation to free an American aid worker and another hostage who had been held since October in Somalia. Two hours before Obama was scheduled to speak, he got word that the U.S. Navy SEAL …

January 26, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: End of terrorist brings U.S. joy, justice, relief

Perseverance finally paid off in the nearly 10-year manhunt for the elusive leader of al-Qaida.

May 03, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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