Several Republican lawmakers have indicated they are willing to consider a White House budget proposal that would significantly reduce Pentagon budget cuts put in place by sequestration. "I would consider any plan that avoids sequestration," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
The U.S. has agreed to provide support for South Korea in the event of an attack or "provocation" by North Korea. A statement released by the U.S. offered few details about what would constitute a provocation, but one South Korean official cited a 2010 shelling of Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea.
A mobile application called ANC Explorer helps visitors sort through information on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, including by name, date of birth and date of death, and to get graves' locations. The app also offers photos of headstones, maps routes through the cemetery and identifies nearby points of interest.
Ongoing violence in Iraq since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in December is reinforcing concerns about the Iraqi government's inability to bring stability to the region, according to this article. June was the second-deadliest month so far this year as there was a major shooting or bombing nearly every three days. "I do not think that al-Qaida is getting any stronger -- it is the state that is getting weaker," said a business owner in eastern Baghdad.
The policy of the National Guard and Reserve to pay soldiers more for one day of training than they do guardsman and reservists in combat zones is necessary because it helps retain service members, say some Pentagon officials. Recently, a Pentagon report highlighted the pay discrepancy and recommended changes.