U.S. Defense Department’s Top Budget Strategist to Step Down
The departure adds more uncertainty at the Pentagon, where Trump has yet to appoint a permanent secretary of defense.
How the U.S. Miscounted the Dead in Syria
Rights groups say U.S.-led coalition killed many more civilians than previously disclosed in the battle against the Islamic State.
Shanahan’s Bid for Top Pentagon Job on Hold
The White House seems to have cooled on the acting defense secretary, but he might get the post by default.
The Pentagon’s Empty Throne
Patrick Shanahan, America’s longest-serving acting defense secretary, faces an increasingly hostile Senate.
At Trump’s Pentagon, Empty Offices Are the New Normal
The problem has worsened since James Mattis left the U.S. Defense Department.
Air Force’s $166 Billion Budget Would Help Revamp U.S. Nuclear Deterrent
The service would get a significant increase in research and development dollars.
Despite Trump’s Tough Talk, No Boost for Missile Defense Agency
The administration will instead increase investments in offensive missile defense capabilities, such as hypersonic technology.
Trump May Have $21 Billion in Military Funds Available for the Wall
The president plans to sign a federal spending bill and declare a national emergency to bankroll his long-promised border wall.
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Pentagon Industrial Policy Head Tapped for Chief of Staff
Acting defense secretary’s decision to tap Eric Chewning, who manages industrial policy for the Pentagon, is an olive branch to chief weapons buyer Ellen Lord.
The Military’s New Boss Is Walking Into an Ambush
Donald Trump has picked a former CEO to run the Pentagon. He should have gone with a psychiatrist.
In Reversal, Trump Signals Further Boost in Defense Spending
The U.S. president had been calling for cuts in recent months.
James Mattis Wasn’t Ready to Serve in a Democracy
After the tributes die down, the outgoing defense secretary will be remembered for recklessly expanding, and covering up, the country’s wars.
Mattis Quits Over Differences With Trump
The U.S. defense secretary’s resignation comes after the president’s decision to pull troops from Syria.
Congress Can Help the United States Lead in Artificial Intelligence
The United States is falling behind when it comes to AI. Here’s how a new congressional commission can ensure that Washington catches up.
Senate Summons Pompeo and Mattis Over Saudi Arabia
Lawmakers are pushing to overrule the Trump administration and end U.S. involvement in the devastating Yemeni civil war.
U.S. Pushes for Cease-Fire in Yemen
The secretaries of defense and state call for an end to the violence.
Many in Washington Are Not Assuaged by Saudi Admission in Khashoggi Death
Kingdom says Saudi journalist was killed in a fistfight.
Many U.S. Weapons Systems Are Vulnerable to Cyberattack
Government watchdog says the Pentagon has not taken the threat seriously enough.