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Last Build Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:00:00 -0400


House Lawmakers Close Pentagon Budget Hearing to the Public

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:00:00 -0400

Mattis and Dunford have open hearings at the Armed Services Committees, but will talk over their $686.1 billion request with House appropriators in private.

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Senate Panel Narrowly Approves Pompeo for Secretary of State

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:06:36 -0400

After a last-minute flip by Senator Rand Paul, President Trump’s pick for secretary of state wins approval from the Foreign Relations Committee despite opposition from Democrats.

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What Trump Has Already Given Up to North Korea

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:04:55 -0400

Pyongyang has long sought a legitimacy-conferring summit with a sitting U.S. president, and it looks highly unlikely to give up the "treasured sword" of its existing nukes.People watch a TV screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station.

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'I Don’t Get Confused:' How Nikki Haley’s Feminist Clapback Could Cost Her a Job

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:09:16 -0400

Haley won't accept the blame for a failure of communication in the White House.

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo Spent Easter In North Korea With Kim Jong-un

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:35:57 -0400

Pompeo's meeting was aimed at laying the groundwork for a planned meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

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Many Pentagon Offices Would Relocate or Vanish Under Thornberry Plan

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:59:35 -0400

House Armed Services chair would streamline “4th Estate” to create efficiency.

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Pentagon Declares Strike Successful. Here’s A Look at What Went Into It

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:43:35 -0400

U.S., French, and British planes and ships used a wide variety of precision weapons to hit Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Some saw their first day of combat.Dana White, the assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, and Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the Joint Staff director, brief the press regarding American operations in Syria on Saturday.

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Mattis Confirms Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, But No Trump Decision to Strike Yet

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:00:00 -0400

The National Security Council discussed options with the president for responding to the attack, but the administration was still syncing up with allies Thursday evening.

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Special Operators Are Getting a Bit More Much-Needed Rest

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:02:02 -0400

At least two SOF components are on a ‘glide path’ to the Pentagon’s desired optempo.Rangers from the 75th Ranger Regiment train at Fort Benning, Ga.

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Mike Pompeo Is Warming Up To Manmade Climate Change

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:48:52 -0400

Trump's nominee for secretary of state was once dubbed "the congressman from Koch."

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From 'Give Me a Break' to 'Get Ready'

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:27:51 -0400

Donald Trump's ever-changing stance on U.S. intervention in Syria.

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The Military Budget Shows Just How Deep Donald Trump is Getting Into Syria

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:11:03 -0400

Despite Trump's distaste for global entanglements, the U.S. is spending more and more in Syria.5th Special Forces Group (A) Operation Detachment Bravo 5310 arrives to meet Major General James Jarrard at the Landing Zone at base camp Al Tanf Garrison in southern Syria in November.

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Chad Is The First African Country Taken Off Trump’s Travel Ban List

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:17:03 -0400

The White House said Chad had improved its security "information sharing practices" with U.S. officials.President Idriss Deby Itno speaks in Berlin in 2016.

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Going BRAC-less: What to Do with the Military’s Excess Property

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0400

The Pentagon is offering an alternative to closing bases, and Congress should support it.Construction of San Antonio Military Medical Center's consolidated tower as result of 2005 BRAC plans, March 2010.

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Is It Time for AFRICOM to Get Its Own Troops?

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:00:00 -0400

A key Republican senator thinks so, and is pushing to send one of the U.S. Army’s new advising brigades there.A key defense lawmaker is calling for the U.S. Army to assign one of its new Security Force Assistance Brigades, pictured here, to U.S. Africa Command.

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What Is America Going to Do About Syria Now?

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:26:53 -0400

After the latest suspected chemical attack, the United States has four options.Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Monday.

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Should Military Men Draft Our Nation's Security Strategy?

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:00:00 -0400

The National Security Strategy does a good job at listing problems and suggesting fixes. But there’s more to strategy than that.President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with senior military leaders with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in October.

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Analysis: Military Mission In Puerto Rico After Hurricane Was Better Than Critics Say But Suffered Flaws

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0400

Compared to its foreign disaster missions, the U.S. military mobilized slowly after Maria. But in numbers, capacity and logistics coordination, its work in Puerto Rico was on par with other aid efforts.Some 17,000 U.S. troops aided in the Caribbean relief effort after hurricanes Irma and Maria. That’s roughly equivalent to the U.S. military’s humanitarian mission in the Philippines after Typhoon Hiyan in 2013

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Trump Reverses, Says He’ll Keep U.S. Troops in Syria

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:00:00 -0400

The president officially walked back last week’s off-the-cuff remark that the U.S. would leave Syria ‘very soon,’ leaving even more questions about the mission.A U.S. UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies over the Syrian landscape on March 12.

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Analysis: Trump's New Solution to Every Problem

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:59:08 -0400

Like his predecessors, the president is discovering the allure of using the armed forces to solve problems, and like them, he’s also quickly discovering its limitations.A convoy of Texas National Guard vehicles departs to the Texas-Mexico border in 2014 as part of Obama's Operation Strong Safety .

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Denied Wall Funding, Trump Sends National Guard to Southern Border

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:51:37 -0400

Details are still being hashed out, but previous presidents’ decisions to do the same offer clues about what’s to come.Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, talks to reporters at the White House on Wednesday.

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Trump's Push to Militarize the U.S.-Mexico Border Could Repeat a Costly Obama Failure

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 09:44:31 -0400

Operations under Obama and George W. Bush ended up taking money from other Defense projects and causing diplomatic problems.A U.S. flag flies over the border in Nogales, Ariz., in 2010, when President Obama sent National Guard troops to Arizona.

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Pentagon’s Delayed Report On Services Contracts Draws Union Ire

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:57:02 -0400

The Defense Department says the required documents that detail spending are “at the printer.”

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Where’s the New Transgender Troops Ban Headed? Look at the Travel Ban Fight

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0400

Like Trump’s effort to bar visitors from several Mideast countries, a long legal battle awaits the newest limits on who can serve in uniform.

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Russia’s Irresistible Question to Twitter: Which U.S. Consulate Should It Shut?

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 16:44:39 -0400

The Kremlin is retaliating, after the White House shut its Seattle consulate over Moscow's alleged poisoning of a British spy.A sign directs visitors to a July 4 celebration at the U.S. Consulate Building in Vladivostok in 2017.

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