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A U.S. soldier takes cover near a patrol base south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 29, 2007. (David Furst/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Military Doesn’t Have Enough Money to Do Its Job

Donald Trump promised a bigger defense budget, but the Pentagon is still waiting.

Soldiers from 1st Stryker Brigade, 1st Armored Division operate vehicles equipped with Warfighter Information Tactical Increment 2 at Fort Bliss, Tx. October, 2014 (U.S. Army)

Army Looks To Replace $6 Billion Battlefield Network After Finding It Vulnerable

Hailed as a transformation in battlefield communications, the WIN-T program can’t stand up to foes versed in sophisticated electronic warfare.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Porter, Donald Cook, Carney, and Ross at Naval Station Rota, Spain on June 13. (U.S. Navy)

Navy Is Still Searching For A Plan To Reach A 355-Ship Fleet

It’s been over a year since Trump promised dozens more warships.

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The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency

Are you a Syrian rebel in need of U.S.-manufactured assault rifles, or even a tank? You can buy it on Telegram.

President Donald Trump after a meeting at the Pentagon on July 20. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Here Comes the Trump Pentagon — Finally

After months of infighting and Senate holds, top Defense Department posts are slated to move forward.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot prepares for a flight at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on February 1, 2016. (U.S. Air Force)

The Private Air Force Preparing U.S. Pilots for the Next War

For years, the U.S. military secretly flew Russian aircraft. Now it needs a cheaper option.

President Donald Trump speaks on the North Korean threat at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 19, 2017.

Trump Touts Military Option for North Korea That Generals Warn Would Be ‘Horrific’

The foreign policy in Trump’s Twitter feed is competing with the foreign policy of the U.S. government.

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - SEPhTEMBER 20:  Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (L), shakes hands with Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein before delivering the keynote address at the Air Force Association 2017 Air, Space and Cyber Conference, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on September 20, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

After Trump Speech, Mattis Says North Korea Crisis Still ‘Diplomatic Effort’

A military option is on the table, the defense chief says, but sanctions are main cudgel for reining in Pyongyang for now.

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker, makes its way to Changi naval base in Singapore on August 21, 2017. 
Ten US sailors were missing and five injured after their destroyer collided with a tanker east of Singapore early Monday, the second accident involving an American warship in two months. / AFP PHOTO / Roslan RAHMAN        (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Navy Investigating if Destroyer Crash Was Caused by Cyberattack

The probe of the USS John S. McCain collision will be a model for future investigations.

TIJUANA, MEXICO - JANUARY 27:  A view of the US-Mexican border fence at Playas de Tijuana on January 27, 2017 in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. President Donald Trump announced a proposal to impose a 20 percent tax on all imported goods from Mexico to pay for the border wall between the United States and Mexico. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a planned meeting with President Trump over who would pay for Trump's campaign promise to build a border wall.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Survey: Mexico’s View of U.S. Turns Drastically Negative

Mexican approval of the United States is the lowest it has been in over a decade, but many still want to move to America.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11:  U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks at a ceremony to commemorate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon September 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. U.S. President Donald Trump was presiding over his first 9/11 commemoration on the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Does the Military Need a Micromanager?

The Trump White House has delegated enormous responsibility to the Pentagon to look after itself, with predictable results.

A member of the Syrian government forces holds a position with an anti-tank missile system in Kobajjep area, on the southwestern outskirts of Deir Ezzor, on September 5, 2017, during the ongoing battle against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.
Syria's army and allied fighters, backed by Russian air support, have been advancing towards Deir Ezzor on several fronts in recent weeks, and entered the Brigade 137 base on its western edge, in what Moscow hailed as a key "strategic victory". / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN        (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pentagon Is Spending $2 Billion Running Soviet-Era Guns to Syrian Rebels

An army of contractors and subcontractors in Eastern Europe is working to supply America’s sprawling — and legally questionable — anti-Islamic State campaign in Syria.

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The U.S. Is in Denial About the Civilians It’s Killing in Syria

The commanding general in the war against the Islamic State is ignoring mounting evidence that the coalition campaign has killed hundreds of innocents.

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