Defense

House Speaker: Budget Fights Have ‘Pushed Our Military Past the Breaking Point’

Paul Ryan highlighted defense hawks’ concerns about readiness and funding as Congress tries to avert a shutdown.

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New, Temporary Federal Agency Will Push for National Service

Commission will start national “conversation” to consider need to reinstate the draft.

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America Quietly Starts Nation-Building in Parts of Syria

The U.S. has escalated its presence in the country, and has signaled no timetable for when it will end.

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What Happened at the Defense Department During the 2013 Shutdown

Contractors and civilian employees will see furloughs.

 Detainees attend a class provided by Joint Task Force Guantanamo in 2010

Trump Administration Criticized for Misleading Math in Its 'Foreign Terrorists' Report

Trump's list of terrorists also includes run-of-the-mill thieves.

The tip of a LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile near Lansford, N.D.

As America’s Nukes and Sensors Get More Connected, the Risk of Cyber Attack Is Growing

Future nuclear weapons will be more sophisticated and better integrated with other equipment. That has benefits and drawbacks.

President Trump speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November.

U.S. Arrests a Suspected Mole Who May Have Rattled the CIA's Operations in China

Arrest comes as the United States wrestles with how to counter Beijing’s efforts to obtain counterintelligence from American sources.

First Lt. Pamela Blanco-Coca and 2nd Lt. John Anderson simulate key turns of the Minuteman III ICBM in a Launch Control Center on the F.E. Warren Air Force Base Missile Complex in Wyoming.

Nuclear Command Network Would See Comprehensive Upgrade Under Trump Plan

While the ICBMs, bombers, submarines and cruise missiles get lots of attention, the network connecting them also needs updating.

Pentagon spokesperson Dana White told reporters today the services are encouraged to talk about readiness shortfalls — but carefully, or in closed-door sessions with Congress.

Pentagon Denies Gag Order, Says ‘Services Are Allowed to Talk About Readiness’

They just have to do so carefully — or behind closed doors.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Trump Orders Intel Agencies To Protect Americans from ‘Unmasking’

The president has accused officials in the Obama administration of abusing the privilege to request redacted names from intelligence reports.

Last March, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson warned top officers and civilian officials against talking too openly with the press.

The Pentagon’s Secrecy Is Undermining Its Quest for a Bigger Budget

Last year, U.S. Navy and defense leaders warned their people to watch what they say. Lawmakers say that’s made it harder to argue for spending bumps on Capitol Hill.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald aboard the heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf before being transported to Huntington Ingalls Industries for repairs.

Navy: More Ships, Tech, Training, Could Help Prevent Collisions at Sea

The comments come as the Pentagon prepares to submit a budget plan expected to call for increases in the size of the military.

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan John Sopko

Pentagon Task Force’s $675 Million in Contracts to Rebuild Afghanistan Found Wasteful

Special watchdog cites overspending on indirect costs and too many sole-source awards.

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