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National Football League

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter clears the path for Navy graduate Keenan Reynolds to play for Baltimore Ravens - @ADemetrickWJZ

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South China Sea dispute

Pentagon says intercept of US military aircraft by Chinese fighter jets last week over South China Sea violated 2015 agreement, defense official says - Reuters

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United States

US House passes $602 billion defense policy bill; White House says it objects to numerous provisions and Obama would veto it if it reaches his desk - AP

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South China Sea dispute

Pentagon: Chinese tactical aircraft carried out 'unsafe' intercept of a US maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea - Reuters

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Obama 2nd term nominations

Ellen DeGeneres: 'Congratulations Army Secretary Eric Fanning, the 1st openly gay leader of a US military service. 5 years and we're already running the place' - @TheEllenShow

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Obama 2nd term nominations

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter congratulates Eric Fanning on confirmation as secretary of the Army - @MikeDelMoro

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2017 National Defense Authorization Act

Senior advisers recommend President Obama veto 2017 Defense Authorization Act; says it 'fails to provide our troops with the resources they need to keep our nation safe' - White House

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Fight against Islamic State militants

US Defense Secretary Carter commends Belgium for announcement it will start conducting air strikes in Syria against Islamic State - Reuters

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Somali Civil War

US Special Operations conducts airstrike against Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia at request of Ugandan forces - CNN

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Fight against Islamic State militants

Pentagon says Islamic State leader killed in air strike in Iraq's Anbar province - AFP

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Iraqi Civil War (2014-present)

Soldier from Seattle, Wash., dies in Iraq in non-combat incident, US Department of Defense says - AP

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Yemen crisis

Pentagon: Recent US strikes in Yemen killed 10 al-Qaida operatives - AFP

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Fight against Islamic State militants

Update: US serviceman was killed by 'direct fire' while working as adviser to Kurdish Peshmerga troops, says US military official - Washington Post

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

UPDATE: Pentagon statement says Russian SU-27 came within 25 feet of USAF RC-135 over Baltic earlier today - @barbarastarrcnn

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War in Afghanistan (2015-present)

White House: President Obama has been briefed on the Defense Department report on the Afghan hospital strike; Pentagon has proposed reforms to prevent civilian casualties - Reuters

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War in Afghanistan (2015-present)

Pentagon: Mistaken US attack on Doctors Without Borders hospital not a war crime because it was unintentional - AP

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War in Afghanistan (2015-present)

Pentagon: Afghan hospital in Kunduz properly entered on no-strike list, but gunship crew had no 'ready access' to list during deadly attack - AP

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War in Afghanistan (2015-present)

Pentagon says names of 16 US military personnel disciplined in mistaken attack on hospital in Afghanistan will not be released

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War in Afghanistan (2015-present)

Pentagon says Doctors Without Borders hospital bombing in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was human error, not a war crime

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North and South Korea tensions

North Korean military statement says US soldiers have taunted its frontline troops with 'disgusting' acts - AP

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