Some 9 million Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are too obese to serve in the military. Add to that young people who are unfit for military service for other reasons and just 25 percent of America's youth are able to serve in the military. A group of retired military leaders are encouraging America to get a handle on its weight problem.
There's been an effort to strike a peace agreement between Israel and its neighbors for decades. For one reason or another, it never seems to quite work. One author, who spent years in Jerusalem as a foreign correspondent, says the reason for the failure has as much to do with Israel's military orientation.
A new report by two top tier American universities reveals an additional side effect to America's drone strikes in Pakistan. According to their research, Pakistani civilians are under such emotional stress they're being driven to receive medical care and taking an "exponentially higher" amount of psychiatric drugs.
U.S. officials are trying to come to terms with the rise in so-called green-on-blue, Afghan on NATO, attacks lately. Some experts suspect a rise in PTSD among Afghan soldiers may be a cause of the violence.
The Vietnam War ranks among the most contentious events in American history. But few experts agree on the specifics of when and how it started. In a new book on the war, historian Frederik Logevall takes a look at the decades preceding American involvement to better understand the making of America's Vietnam.
U.S. forces are supposed to be out of combat roles in Afghanistan by 2015. As that date marches ever closer, some Afghans are wondering what the future holds for the country's security, and its economy.
Though Mitt Romney has a sizable advantage among veteran voters, some researchers say the military is often viewed as more conservative than it truly is. Recent studies show the armed forces might be less partisan, and less politically active in general, than popularly believed.
The United States used millions of gallons of Agent Orange herbicide across Vietnam during the war there, in an effort to destroy the foliage that was giving its enemies cover. But, in the process, it contaminated the soil with dioxin and other chemicals that have persisted and continue to cause birth defects and health problems to this day.
The United States had detonated millions, if not billions, of tons or ordnance in training and in combat since the dawn of air warfare. They've been dropped from Europe to Asia, from Africa to the Pacific islands. Now, Air Force Lt. Col. Jenns Robertson (Ret.) is trying to document each of those bombs.
An estimated 350,000 American veterans will return home with P.T.S.D., making it difficult for them to readjust to civilian life. A former Connecticut judge says the influx could lead to an unprecedented rise in court cases connected to the disorder.