Defense

Vaporizing Another Norm, Trump Goes Partisan Inside the Pentagon

The president uses a missile-defense policy rollout to bash Democrats before the military’s senior leaders.

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China’s Military Is Getting Better at a Lot of Things at Once: Pentagon Intelligence

The DIA’s first public report cites rapid advances, extended reach, and increasing confidence.

Read more January 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Confusion Reigns as Pentagon Begins Pulling Equipment Out of Syria

The timeline for withdrawal remains murky amid rocky negotiations with Turkey over the Kurds.

Read more January 14, 2019 Leave a comment
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In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, soldiers of the Arctic motorised rifle brigade of Russia's Northern Fleet took stand near APCs during military exercise in Alakyrtti, Murmansk region, Russia.

As Arctic Warms, U.S. Navy Considering Summer Transit, Bering Sea Port

The Navy secretary says his service must be ready to answer Russian moves at the top of the world.

Marines with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7, walk along the California-Mexico border at the Andrade Point of Entry in Winterhaven, California, in November.

Can the U.S. Military Build a Border Wall Even as It Struggles to Rebuild Itself?

President Donald Trump has floated the idea that the military build his much-touted border wall. The idea might become reality.

A soldier walks toward a tactical vehicle after completing a successful combined joint patrol rehearsal in Manbij, Syria in November.

Analysis: Democrats Are Wrong About Defense Spending

The need for investment is only likely to grow in the coming years.

Patrick Shanahan speaks to reporters outside the Pentagon in December.

Meet the New (Acting) Defense Secretary

With no military experience and just a year and a half in government, the former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan has yet to develop a foreign-policy vision of his own.

A mother migrating from Honduras holds her 1-year-old child as surrendering to U.S. Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing the border near McAllen, Texas in June.

Immigrant Kids In ‘Tender Age’ Shelters Face Myriad Risks

The youngest immigrant children—detained in so-called "tender age" shelters—may be the most vulnerable to the stress of separation from their parents.

Alcohol Trouble More Likely For Some Never-Deployed Soldiers

New research investigates alcohol misuse among U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers who have never been deployed.

Trump’s Surprise Iraq Trip Is Raising Security And Ethics Questions

There's a protocol that U.S. presidents are supposed to follow when they visit a war zone, but like much else in his presidency, Trump didn't follow the rules.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump pose for a photograph as they visit members of the military at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 26, in a surprise trip to Iraq.

No, U.S. Troops Are Not Getting a 10% Pay Raise

President Trump announced the surprise windfall during a surprise visit to troops in Iraq. But it’s not true.

Defense Secretary James Mattis' resignation letter.

Trump Kicks Mattis Out Early, Names Shanahan Acting Defense Secretary

The abrupt decision comes amid a growing crescendo of criticism of the president’s snap decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

Donald J. Trump, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., bow their heads during a Memorial Day ceremony in May.

Four People Who Could Be the Next Defense Secretary

Former generals and powerful senators are likely to be considered to take over as President Trump’s next defense secretary.

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