Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster’s battlefield experience and intellect make him ideally suited to run the National Security Council. But he will have to vie for influence with ideologues like Stephen Bannon.
Dan De Luce is Foreign Policy’s chief national security correspondent. He previously worked as a reporter for Agence France-Presse, where he spent six years as the Pentagon correspondent. Prior to that, De Luce wrote for The Guardian from Tehran, until he was expelled by the regime in 2004. He reported on the wars in former Yugoslavia for Reuters from 1993-1995, and worked as Sarajevo bureau chief after the conflict.
Robert Harward bowed out after Trump rejected his request to pick his own team.
Robert Harward is a former Navy SEAL who could bolster the defense secretary’s influence at the expense of Trump’s consigliere Bannon.
Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security advisor didn’t end questions about the Trump administration’s dealings with Moscow -- it supercharged them.
Trump’s national security advisor steps down, after misleading the vice president about his conversations with Russian ambassador.
One man’s disarray is another man’s successful political insurgency.
The administration has its sights set on checkmating Tehran’s ambitions across the region. Iran’s proxies in Yemen are in the crosshairs.
Key cabinet officers are struggling to moderate the impulsive president and the political operatives shaping national security policy.
With its blanket ban on Muslims from seven countries, the White House sparked a global backlash that experts say will fuel terrorism.