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U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a full honors welcome ceremony for new Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

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.

The Hedgemony game board. Rand Corporation

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.

People pass a Huawei logo at a trade fair in Berlin

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.

Peter Pellegrino, the U.S. Naval War College's senior military analyst for wargaming, briefs participants in a wargame reenactment of the Battle of Jutland on the college’s tiled floor in Newport, Rhode Island, on May 10, 2016.

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.

Malian soldiers in the capital of Mali after a military coup.

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.

A US military vehicle patrols the oil fields in the town of Qahtaniyah in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province near the Turkish border, on May 8.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Congress Pushes for Sanctions on Turkey, Russia Over Libyan War

Putin and Erdogan “act when there’s a stick involved,” a House aide said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) greets members of the House Armed Services Committee before testifying to the committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 26 in Washington, DC. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs Robert Hood is in the background.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks on immigration issues while meeting with members of the U.S. Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Also pictured is Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK).

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.

A U.S. F/A-18 hornet fighter prepares to land while other fighter jets fly behind during a routine training aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the South China Sea

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.”

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, former National Security Council official, arrives to testify at the impeachment investigation on President Trump.

‘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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

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.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, with US President Donald Trump, speaks on vaccine development on May 15 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.

White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test

Interviews with political appointees at the Pentagon raise fears of another purge.

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