Trump Taps Loyalists for Top Pentagon Liaison Jobs
It risks Trump burrowing loyalists into career positions to undermine a Biden administration, multiple former officials say.
Want to Learn How the Pentagon Works? Then Play This Board Game.
A new game meant to help the U.S. government write the 2018 National Defense Strategy shows what happens when resources and commitments collide.
The Huawei Ban Could Crush U.S. Overseas Aid Efforts
A new law meant to keep Chinese telecoms out of American networks threatens to make life impossible for diplomats, aid workers, and the military across much of Africa and Asia.
What to Do When Predicting Pandemics
Simulations have forecast disastrous consequences before. Here’s how to act on the lessons of wargames before they come to pass.
Coup Plotters in Mali Were Trained by U.S. Military
The overthrow, swiftly condemned by the U.S. government, could pose a setback in the regional fight against extremist groups.
U.S. Troops Really Are in Syria to Protect the Oil—for the Kurds
It’s the only way to get Trump to keep troops on the ground.
Trump Looks to Arms Sales to Deepen Ties With India
Border clashes with China have reawakened New Delhi’s interest in deeper defense ties with the United States, and Washington is hoping to deliver the goods.
Trump Undercuts Pentagon Over Germany Troop Withdrawal
U.S. defense officials, who said the move had nothing to do with German military spending, still appeared to be figuring out key details about the redeployment.
Congress Pushes for Sanctions on Turkey, Russia Over Libyan War
Putin and Erdogan “act when there’s a stick involved,” a House aide said.
Democrats Make Last-Ditch Effort to Kill a Trump Pentagon Nomination
Senators told Trump’s pick to lead the Defense Department’s policy shop that his views are “wholly incompatible with the U.S. military’s values.”
Pentagon Legislative Chief Calls It Quits
Robert Hood’s departure leaves the U.S. Defense Department at a high-water mark for vacancies under the Trump administration.
Congress Eyes Hearing for Controversial Trump Pentagon Pick
The move comes after the president personally lobbied the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee to confirm Anthony Tata as the Defense Department’s top policy official.
U.S. Carriers Send a Message to Beijing Over South China Sea
“China is just pushing on all fronts,” a former defense official told Foreign Policy. “I’m worried at some point that the dam is going to break somewhere.”
‘Campaign of Bullying’ Prompts Key Trump Impeachment Witness to Quit Army
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified on Trump’s withholding of aid to Ukraine, faced a White House block to further promotion.
Lawmakers Demand to See the Side Deals in Trump’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
Democrats suspect the weapons sales are sending jobs to Saudi Arabia.
White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test
Interviews with political appointees at the Pentagon raise fears of another purge.