Warren Hammers Trump’s Pentagon Nominee—Despite Her Own Industry Ties
The presidential contender is leading the charge against the Defense Department’s revolving door but has a history of pushing the interests of firms in her home state.
Pentagon to Get Its Fourth Leader in Six Months
With the U.S. facing crises on multiple fronts, U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer will take over as acting secretary of defense while Trump’s latest nominee enters the confirmation process.
The World This Weekend
Trump backs down from Iran strikes, the Pentagon gets a new chief, and Istanbul returns to the polls.
Shanahan Out as Pentagon Chief as Reports Emerge of Family Disputes
In a tweet, Trump named Mark Esper, the secretary of the Army, as the new acting secretary of defense.
Mexico Stands Firm Ahead of U.S. Talks
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In a Male-Dominated Administration, Pentagon Chief Seeks More Women
But critics are skeptical that Patrick Shanahan will fill senior Defense posts with female nominees after a series of resignations.
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.