Security Brief

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks as President Donald Trump listens during the daily White House coronavirus press briefing on April 1 in Washington.

The U.S. Military Is Caught in Trump’s Political Crossfire

Esper’s job hangs in the balance, and former Defense Secretary Mattis issues a rare and stinging rebuke of the president.

U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House on May 27 in Washington.

Trump Signals He Wants Troops Home by November

The proposal to withdraw from Afghanistan doesn’t follow the timeline of the peace deal signed with the Taliban in February.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony with Namibian President Hage G. Geingob in Beijing on March 29, 2018.

China’s Building Projects in Africa Are a Spymaster’s Dream

A new report shows how Beijing is using infrastructure to expand its surveillance network on the continent, making U.S. officials vulnerable.

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a car bombing near Bagram Air Base in Parwan province, Afghanistan, on Dec. 11, 2019.

Is the Afghan Peace Deal Dead on Arrival?

The Trump administration’s push for an end to two decades of war may be slipping through its fingers.

Senate Democrats discuss war powers resolution on Iran.

Trump’s War on Congressional War Powers Isn’t Over

The U.S. president has vetoed a measure that would block military action against Iran without congressional approval. But lawmakers aren’t finished yet.

U.S. President Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Otay Mesa, California on Sept. 18, 2019.

Trump Uses European Deterrence Funds to Build Border Wall

The Pentagon’s decision to divert nearly $546 million has drawn criticism from powerful Democratic lawmakers.

Sanitation workers disinfect a camp for displaced Syrians next to the Idlib municipal stadium on April 9.

Syria’s Forgotten War Is a Pandemic Time Bomb

U.N. officials and humanitarian workers are bracing for the worst in crowded camps and conflict zones in Idlib.

Russia's Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 57/58 blasts off in from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 11, 2018.

Russia Fires Shot in Space Arms Race

The Pentagon is concerned that Moscow is seeking to militarize space with a significant anti-satellite test.

A fighter from the Security Belt Force, a separatist flag during clashes between southern separatists and Saudi-backed government forces at the Fayush-Alam crossroads near Aden in southern Yemen on Aug. 30, 2019.

Coronavirus Pandemic Forces a Cease-Fire in Yemen

The war-wracked country turns from one humanitarian disaster to face another.

The U.S. Navy llittoral combat ship the USS Independence (LCS-2) arrives at Mole Pier at Air Station Key West, Florida, on March 29, 2010.

Trump’s Plan to Deploy Anti-Drug Mission in Caribbean Sparks Backlash in Pentagon

The Department of Defense is set to send Navy destroyers and small combat ships to the region to ramp up counter-drug efforts.

Security stands watch as a helicopter carries U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo back to his plane after meetings in Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 25, 2019.

Afghanistan’s Peace Deal Hangs in the Balance

Pompeo met with Afghan and Taliban leaders this week to salvage the fragile agreement. He came back empty-handed.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus at the White House on March 18 in Washington.

The Military Alone Can’t Rescue the U.S. From Coronavirus

Trump is calling on the military to do more to tackle the pandemic, but its resources are limited.

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, participates in a press briefing on Oct. 30, 2019, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

An Iranian Proxy Group Is Likely Behind Attack That Killed U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

The U.S. Centcom chief warns of an ‘illusion of return to normalcy’ in U.S.-Iran tensions.

U.S. soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit by Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, at an Afghan army in Wardak province on June 6, 2019.

Can the Afghan Peace Deal Survive Early Setbacks?

Peace advocates and hardliners within the Taliban are feuding over whether to stick to the fragile agreement, the Pentagon says.

Disinfection professionals spray anti-septic solution against the coronavirus on Feb. 27 in Seoul.

Coronavirus Fears Halt U.S. Military Exercises

The United States and South Korea have postponed annual drills amid the virus outbreak.

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