Air Force Leaders Admit Nuclear Problems, But Will Fixes Work?

On a tour of nuclear facilities with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, media received a tour of the nuclear launch control simulator that F.E. Warren Air Force Base uses to train missile officers. (Stars and Stripes photo)

WASHINGTON -- Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. Less certain is whether it will find all the right fixes, apply them fully and convince a doubting force of launc... more

Air Force Locks Up Potato Bowl and 10 Win Season

Air Force beat Western Michigan in a rain-soaked Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. (Air Force photo)

BOISE, Idaho -- From 10 losses to 10 wins. Air Force completed its program's extreme makeover with a 38-24 victory over Western Michigan that required plenty of pounding from the fullbacks and some escape artistry from the defense. It was the defense, so porous a year ago when the team went 2-10, that made so many key plays in capping this 10-... more

US Sends 4 Afghans Back Home from Guantanamo

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 600x400

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Obama administration officials said they worked quickly to fulfill the request from Ghani, in office ju... more

Bush Officials Did Little Oversight of CIA Interrogation Program

Former President George W. Bush sits alongside members of his cabinet. (White House photo)

WASHINGTON -- In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. Afte... more

Tuskegee Airman Hero Who Flew 200 Missions in WWII Died

Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew nearly 200 missions over Europe during World War II, has died. (Stars and Stripes photo)

Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew nearly 200 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95. His son Lowell Jr. says Steward died Wednesday of natural causes at a hospital in Ventura. After graduating with a business degree from Santa Barbara College in 1941, Steward joined the Army Ai... more

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