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The F-22 Raptor after refuelling from the KC-10 Extender off the Queensland coast on July 17, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia.

U.S. Seeking Basing in Australia After Submarine Deal

The Biden administration is hoping to rotate fighters and bombers to the land Down Under.

A U.S. military plane prepares to board evacuees at Kabul’s airport.

Last U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan After 20 Years of War

More than a hundred American citizens remain in the Taliban-controlled country.

U.S. carriers conduct a joint operation with South Korea

Pacific Commanders Want More Money for Biden’s Asia Pivot

Military leaders want to “seize the initiative” against China.

A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer in Hong Kong

Pentagon Faces Tense Fight Over Pacific Pivot

The Defense Department is in an internal tug of war over the practicality of putting more U.S. troops in the range of Chinese missiles.

Lloyd Austin testifies to become next U.S. defense secretary.

Congress Draws Battle Lines for Pentagon Budget Fight

Biden’s move to slash dozens of older planes and drones is being met with resistance on Capitol Hill.

At Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada on August 1, 2008, SunPower Corporation has built North America's largest solar farm, where over 72,000 solar panels now supply upwards of 14 megawatts of clean electricity to meet about 25 percent of the base's needs and save a million dollars annually.

Pentagon Looks to Brits to Face Climate ‘Danger Zone’

Britain is eyeing ambitious targets to green its military as the Pentagon faces a budget fight.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the Defense Department.

Biden Looks to the Future in First Defense Budget

But Biden’s planned cuts to current generation U.S. jets and ships and his makeover of the nuclear arsenal are likely to meet criticism in Congress.

With the help of an interpreter (center), an Afghan National Army doctor (left) speaks with a U.S. Army advisor.

Inside Washington’s Fight to Save Afghans Who Saved Americans

Afghan interpreters were promised U.S. visas. Now, red tape may cost them their lives.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet in Brazil.

Russian Arms Sale Clouds U.S.-India Ties

New Delhi’s deal for the Russian S-400 system could limit burgeoning military ties with Washington.

The U.S. Marine Corp’s Iwo Jima Memorial can be seen as sun begins to rise behind the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument in Arlington, Virginia on Nov. 7, 2020.

A World Without War

A new book argues that America’s massive military is predicated on imaginary threats—and we’d all be better off without it.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (left) and then-National Security Council Senior Director of Counterterrorism Kash Patel

Trump Taps Loyalists to Defense Policy Board in Last-Minute Move

The appointments come as part of a broader sweep to reward the president’s supporters with late-game promotions at the Defense Department.

Gen. Lloyd Austin prepares to testify before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on Sept. 16, 2015.

Now Is a Bad Time to Weaken Civilian Control Over the Military

Biden’s nomination of a retired general to head the Pentagon reinforces a dangerous trend. His confirmation must come with concrete safeguards.

A plaque of the Department of Defense seal is seen January 26, 2012 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Defense Secretaries Worried About a Trump Power Grab

Talk of Trump imposing martial law helped spur the ex-Pentagon chiefs to speak out.

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