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Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation's military is being hobbled by budget cuts. "You'd better hope we never have a war again," Rep. Howard 'Buck' McKeon, R-Calif., said of the decline in readiness.
While others gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, deployed troops and their families try to connect from a world away using new technology like Skype or Facebook or old-fashioned phone calls.
The U.S. Army general in charge of training recently wrote about the service's examination of gender neutral standards to open the infantry and other combat-arms jobs to female soldiers.
Afghanistan's president and the U.S. delivered blunt messages to each other that gave no indication of a resolution of their disagreements over a pact that governs the future of the American troop presence in the country.