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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to visit with families of fallen soldiers as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, and acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, right, follow at Dover Air Force base in Delaware on Jan. 19. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Anyone Want to Be Secretary of Defense?

White House struggles to fill the top Pentagon job.

A view of the border wall between Mexico and the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on Jan. 19, 2018.
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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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend an event for business leaders in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

From China’s #MeToo movement to advice for a new incoming class of the U.S. Congress.

Eric Chewning, deputy assistant secretary of defense, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Aquisitions, Technology and Logistics), poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Feb. 2, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alicia Brand)

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.

President Donald Trump and Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, bow their heads in prayer before the start of a Cabinet meeting of the White House in Washington on Aug. 18. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the U.S. military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq on Dec. 26, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

In Reversal, Trump Signals Further Boost in Defense Spending

The U.S. president had been calling for cuts in recent months.

Then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis listens while President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with military leaders in the White House in Washington on Oct. 23, 2018. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks to members of the press before a press briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 28. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Mattis Quits Over Differences With Trump

The U.S. defense secretary’s resignation comes after the president’s decision to pull troops from Syria.

A prosthetic hand from BrainRobotics, which draws on machine learning, at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada on Jan. 7, 2017.  
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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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 16. (Leah Millis/AFP/Getty Images)

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. Secretary of Defense James Mattis addresses a press conference in Prague on Oct. 28. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Pushes for Cease-Fire in Yemen

The secretaries of defense and state call for an end to the violence.

The Pentagon is seen from the air over Washington, D.C., on Aug. 25, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Many U.S. Weapons Systems Are Vulnerable to Cyberattack

Government watchdog says the Pentagon has not taken the threat seriously enough.

Japanese soldiers storm a beach in the Philippines on the South China Sea in joint military exercises with U.S. and Filipino troops on Oct. 6. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is on China

The military’s funding boost is aimed at deterring Beijing, but a budget fight could jeopardize the strategy.

Soldiers of the 21st Motorized Infantry Brigade patrol in the streets of Buea, Cameroon on April 26, 2018.

The United States Can Stop Cameroon’s Brutal Crackdown

Washington must not ignore atrocities against the country’s Anglophones. It should use existing U.S. laws to force an end to the violence.

Andrew Marshall. (Lexey Swall for Foreign Policy)

The Return of the Pentagon’s Yoda

Can Andrew Marshall, the U.S. military’s longtime oracle, still predict the future?

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Why the Military Must Learn to Love Silicon Valley

The U.S. Defense Department and big tech need each other—but getting along won’t be easy

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Words of War

Decrypting nine new military programs that will change the face of battle.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Trump and Putin Meet in Helsinki; High-Flying News From a Big British Air Show; U.S. Army Steps into the Future

Catch up on everything you need to know about the Trump-Putin meeting, big air shows in Europe, and other top news.

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

Chinese Investment in the U.S. Tanks Amid Major Policy Crackdowns

With or without a trade war, Chinese foreign direct investment to the United States won’t stop tumbling anytime soon.

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