Air Force

Will Budget Cuts Leave Our Nation Defenseless? Hardly

President Obama's proposed cuts to national defense spending have critics in a panicked tizzy. But while the document outlining his plan suggests that real change is afoot, it clearly contradicts the outlandish claims of its detractors.

Holly Petraeus, Servicemembers' Financial Advocate

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is there to guard all of us being taken advantage of financially. Turns out, one group that needs extra protection in that arena: those who protect our whole nation -- U.S. service members and their families. And Holly Petraeus is going to make sure they get it.

Dodgers Hit a Home Run with Free Tickets for Military

Major League Baseball's lineup of freebies often includes the wacky or the worthless, but one team got it just right this week. The Los Angeles Dodgers will give any member of the U.S. military -- active or retired -- two free tickets to any of its home games in May.

Military Discounts: Save Money While Serving America

Everywhere you turn, it seems like companies are offering military discounts. Some of these deals are outstanding while others are scams, but the best deal may be one offered by the military itself. Here's a brief guide to the savings opportunities offered to service members and their families.

Predatory Lenders Put U.S. Soldiers in the Crosshairs

Members of America's military face threats around the world every day, but it's a domestic threat that has the top brass on the offensive on the home front -- predatory lenders. Here's how the Department of Defense is fighting back.

Female Vets Get Short Shrift in Their Search for Help

About 1.5 million of nearly 22 million troops who have served are women. But recent military conflicts, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan, show that upon returning home, female veterans don't always get the support they need to reintegrate into society.

Military Gets 'Don't Ask' Revived -- but For How Long?

The Ninth Circuit Appeals Court that put the decision ordering the military to stop enforcing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" on hold is a brief win for the government. But don't assume it means the policy will survive: The stay just means that the judges want time to think.

Cleaning Up the Toxic Legacy of Closed Military Bases

The U.S. Air Force and Navy both rank among the top 100 polluters in America, and many of their now-abandoned bases have been declared Superfund sites by the EPA. Here's how two of these bases tackled the toxic stews left behind.

Castle Air Force Base Learns a Hard Lesson in Reinvention

When the government closed California's Castle Air Force Base, the future looked grim for nearby Merced County. Yet, even though the area's unemployment and foreclosure rates are among the highest in the nation, the community is starting to stage a comeback.

Military Base Closures and the Towns They Leave Behind

The U.S. will close 20 major military bases by September 2011. What happens then depends on the base's location. But the ripple effect is always felt throughout the surrounding area. And often, families lose neighbors, businesses lose customers, and workers lose jobs.

Boeing to Submit Defense Contract Bid as EADS Tensions Rise

Boeing is expected to submit a bid for a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract today, as tensions build over subsidies to its rival, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company. EADS submitted an 8,800-page bid for the contract yesterday based on the Airbus A330-200, The New York Times reported. The World Trade Organization said last week that this model received illegal subsidies in the form of low-cost loans from European governments.

College for free? Yes, free

Sweden, Germany, and Venezuela provide free college for their students, so why can't America -- which is, after all, "the land of the free"? You...