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H.R. McMaster and Donald Trump: A Partnership That Was Never Meant To Be

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:40:20 -0400

The qualities that worked for McMaster so well in the military proved less than ideal in a Trump White House.

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The Pentagon Wants AI To Reveal Adversaries’ True Intentions

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:00:00 -0400

The U.S. military is looking to enlist game theory and artificial intelligence to fight tomorrow’s unconventional warfare tactics.A masked gunman guards combat vehicles with Russian, Donetsk Republic and Ukrainian paratroopers, flags and gunmen on top, parked in downtown of Slovyansk on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

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How Trump Can Avoid The Setbacks That Doomed North Korean Nuclear Talks in The Past

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:00:18 -0400

A former U.S. Department of Defense and State Department official explains why a hard-line approach on North Korea will likely fail, as it did with Iran.A man reads a newspaper with news of a planned summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Seoul on March 10.

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What's Next for Trump's Border Wall?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:41:18 -0400

This week, the president inspected eight prototypes, but his administration still has a long way to go before bringing his campaign pledge to fruition.

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Analysis: Telling the Truth About CIA Torture

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:09:34 -0400

Trump’s nominee to lead the agency should answer a number of tough questions about her role in its now-defunct “enhanced interrogation” program.The stage podium and chairs are seen set up before the start of CIA Director John Brennan's news conference at CIA headquarters in 2014.

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What Happened at the Thailand 'Black Site' Run By Trump's CIA Pick

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:13:38 -0400

The Senate's 2014 report on torture details what "enhanced interrogation" really entailed.CIA headquarters in Virginia

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Here’s What the Services Want from Congress This Year

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:04:50 -0400

After lawmakers pass the budget promised by February’s bipartisan deal, the three secretaries have other priorities for legislative action.

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James Mattis Has Somehow Stayed on Trump's Good Side

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:53:06 -0400

While the president has railed against other Cabinet officials, the defense secretary has avoided his wrath—so far.

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A Controversial Record of Torture, But Maybe Not a Deal-Breaker for Democrats

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:48:21 -0400

Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel oversaw one of the agency’s infamous “black sites” over a decade ago and has been harshly criticized for it. Now, she may be Democrats’ best option.

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An ICE Spokesman Quit Over the Trump Administration’s 'Misleading Facts'

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:20:23 -0400

The controversy around raids in Northern California underscores how political immigration enforcement has become, on both sides.

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The CIA's New Nominee Director Gina Haspel Once Ran a Torture Site and Destroyed Evidence

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:45:06 -0400

"She had one man waterboarded 83 times in a single month in a Thai "black site"

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Why a Meeting Between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un Is So Risky

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:12:41 -0400

In international diplomacy, the leader-to-leader meeting is the highest level of commitment available.A woman walks by a huge screen showing Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Tokyo on March 9.

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Russia Will Challenge U.S. Military Superiority in Europe by 2025: U.S. General

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0500

Russia is advancing in key military technology areas and shows no deceleration in efforts to destabilize the West, said the commander for U.S. forces in Europe.Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, speaks to more than 400 members of the U.S. EUCOM staff in Germany in 2016.

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Pentagon Managers Defend $1 Billion Price Tag of Largest Audit Ever

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:51:56 -0500

Timeline for results encourages lawmakers seeking defense budget reforms.

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Trump Barely Has Anyone to Talk to North Korea

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:07:44 -0500

There are few U.S. officials who have ever met a North Korean representative.Ivanka Trump and Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, right, watch the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Feb. 25.

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Pentagon May Create a Combatant Command for Space

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 12:08:18 -0500

The Defense Department is also looking at major changes to speed up how it buys satellites.The Kestrel Eye, a visible-imagery satellite prototype designed to provide near-real-time images to the tactical-level ground soldier, was launched to the International Space Station in August.

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What If Trump's North Korea Bluster Actually Worked?

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:11:16 -0500

Kim Jong Un's offer of talks with the United States is accompanied by questions about his intentions.Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, second from right, talks with the South Korean delegation in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday.

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Trump Says His New Tariffs Are About National Security. They’re Not.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:18:14 -0500

But they could force the world trade system into a "moment of crisis."President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with steel and aluminum executives in the Cabinet Room of the White House on March 1.

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Trump Said He Spoke With North Korea, But It Was Actually South Korea

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:01:18 -0500

Comment came during a series of jokes in a dinner speech.

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Senator Explains His Warning About 'Biblical' Conflict With North Korea

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:01:20 -0500

The Idaho Republican also says there's no "bloody nose" strategy: "What a dumb thing to do."Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, arrives on Capitol Hill in August for a meeting with the secretaries of Defense and State.

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Whatever Happened to Trump's Counterterrorism Strategy?

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:48:15 -0500

His approach borrows from his predecessors’, while exacerbating their worst, most counterproductive tendencies.

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Russia ‘Incredibly Destabilizing’ as Syrian Conflict Threatens Region, Top U.S. General Warns

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0500

Weeks after Tillerson said the U.S. and Russia share a postwar vision, Votel says Moscow is playing both “arsonist and firefighter.”Gen. Joseph Votel testifies before the House Armed Services Committee, Tues., Feb 27, 2018.

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New Report Notes Erosion of Pentagon’s Technological Advantage

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:00:00 -0500

The evidence ranges from a new long-range Chinese missile to ramped-up European defense spending, an annual assessment of the world’s militaries finds.Expect China’s air-to-air combat capabilities to get a boost in the next 12 months when the PL-15, an extended-range air-to-air missile, comes online.

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Senator Trained as Accountant Presses Pentagon on Pricey Audit

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:28:41 -0500

Budget chairman Enzi asks Mattis for timeline after report exposing flaws.Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., sent a letter seeking concrete commitments for using the new audit in light of an embarrassing report this month on poor tracking of millions of dollars by the Defense Logistics Agency.

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How to Grow the Military Without Buying More Ships, Planes, Tanks

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:45:57 -0500

Pentagon leaders want to shorten the time spent on overhauls, keeping the weapons more available to fight.

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