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A screen shows footage of the launch of a Hwasong-12 rocket in Pyongyang September 16. (Kim Won-Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: North Korea Readying New Round of Launches, Intel Says

Iranian general spotted on front lines in Syria; U.S. sends more commandos to Somalia

Secretary of Defense James Mattis talks with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo in the Demilitarized Zone on October 27. (Jeon Heon-Kyun-Pool/Getty Images)

SitRep: Pentagon Officials Open To Talks With North Korea

U.S. taking eye off South China Sea, Navy searching for way to 355 ships, Pentagon experimenting with new missile defenses

President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner in Beijing, China on November 9. (Thomas Peter - Pool/Getty Images)

SitRep: China Says No Deal With Trump on Military Exercises

Former SecDefs reject Trump tax bill, Army secretary finally moves in

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before  a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Oct. 30, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Slam Tillerson’s Bungled State Department Reforms

There's growing concern on the Hill that the secretary of state is mangling American diplomacy.

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, on the platform's 10th anniversary on October 4, 2016. (Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Trump Contacts With “Hostile Intelligence Service.”

South Korea nixes Japan in U.S. war game, Iran sticking with nuke deal

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin wave at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vietnam on November 10. (Mikhail  Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Suspected Russian NSA Hack Worst Ever

The coming air war in Afghanistan; U.S. drone strikes in Somalia; Did SEALs Kill Green Berets over money?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on October 22. (Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: The Saudi Mystery Deepens

Air Force short 2,000 pilots, war drums with Iran, Marines on Syrian border

USS Nimitz , USS Kitty Hawk. and USS John C. Stennis near Guam, August 14, 2007. (U.S. Navy)

SitRep: Lawmakers Approve $700B Defense Budget, but No Plan to Vote on It

Iran and Saudi talking tough, McCain pushes back on Trump pick who helped on torture memos

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One upon their arrival at Beijing  on November 8. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

SitRep: Trump in Beijing, After North Korea Warnings

Back channel talks with North Korea, cost of U.S. wars, and lasers on planes.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In shakes hands with President Donald Trump during their summit in Seoul on November 7. (Jeon Heon-Kyun - Pool /Getty Images)

SitRep: Trump Softens on North Korea, But Promises More Weapons for Seoul

Sales of American weapons in Syria booming; 3,500 U.S. troops heading to Afghanistan.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on October 22. (Alex Brandon /AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Saudi Shakeup as Trump Stumps for More Weapons Sales

Houthi rockets target Saudi capital, Trump considering F-35s for Gulf ally.

Then-Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gestures during a press conference in Riyadh, on April 25, 2016.(Fayez Nureldine /AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Cracks the Whip

In a series of dramatic moves, Mohammed bin Salman aimed to cement his hold on power at home and raise pressure on Iran abroad.

A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber flies with South Korean jets over the Korean Peninsula on July 8. (South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)

SitRep: Trump Issues New North Korea Threat

Trump leaves for Asia trip, bombers over South Korea, U.S. Navy says its Pacific fleet has problems

President Donald Trump smiles as Defense Secretary James Mattis looks on at the White House on October 5.   (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Trump Heading to Asia; Niger Wants U.S. to Arm its Drones

Trump's Pentagon starting to fill up, Japan not worried about Chinese influence.

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