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A missile is fired.
A missile is fired.
Lloyd Austin stares down, wearing a suit, his hands clasped together.
Lloyd Austin stares down, wearing a suit, his hands clasped together.

Biden’s Defense Chief Puts Alliances at Center Stage of U.S. Defense

A 10-day world tour ended with a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.

Lloyd Austin walks off a plane on red stairs.
Lloyd Austin walks off a plane on red stairs.

U.S. Defense Secretary to Meet Chinese Counterpart

China has gained military and diplomatic footholds in Cambodia and the Solomon Islands.

A man in a suit stands and points before colorful red flags.
A man in a suit stands and points before colorful red flags.
A boy sits on the ruins of a building.
A boy sits on the ruins of a building.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, speaks in front of flags at a podium.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, speaks in front of flags at a podium.

The Turkey-Sized Roadblock to NATO Expansion

Bumps in the road stall Finland and Sweden from joining the alliance.

A silhouette of a soldier who's looking out over a sandy expanse and rock faces.
A silhouette of a soldier who's looking out over a sandy expanse and rock faces.

The Islamic State Sets Its Sights on Africa

U.S. officials fear that Africa’s Sahel region is becoming a melting pot of terrorist groups.

People sit around a circular table while Zelensky speaks on a large video screen in the background.
People sit around a circular table while Zelensky speaks on a large video screen in the background.
Soldiers stand on an armored vehicle in the middle of the road.
Soldiers stand on an armored vehicle in the middle of the road.

The U.S. Left Billions Worth of Weapons in Afghanistan

Some officials are worried that the Taliban could use U.S. drones and small arms.

U.S. President Joe Biden steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on April 19.
U.S. President Joe Biden steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on April 19.
Stoltenberg, a man in a suit and glasses, stands at a podium before a blue background.
Stoltenberg, a man in a suit and glasses, stands at a podium before a blue background.
A man in a suit and glasses speaks in front of a microphone.
A man in a suit and glasses speaks in front of a microphone.
A soldier with camouflage face paint is shown in a tank with a blue NATO flag behind them.
A soldier with camouflage face paint is shown in a tank with a blue NATO flag behind them.

NATO to Deploy Four New Battle Groups to Eastern Flank

Alliance leaders stressed none of its forces would be deployed into Ukraine to prevent the conflict’s spread.

Two fighter jets are shown on a cloudy day.
Two fighter jets are shown on a cloudy day.
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