Gen. Lloyd Austin prepares to testify before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on Sept. 16, 2015.

Now Is a Bad Time to Weaken Civilian Control Over the Military

Biden’s nomination of a retired general to head the Pentagon reinforces a dangerous trend. His confirmation must come with concrete safeguards.

A plaque of the Department of Defense seal is seen January 26, 2012 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Defense Secretaries Worried About a Trump Power Grab

Talk of Trump imposing martial law helped spur the ex-Pentagon chiefs to speak out.

Lloyd Austin  prepares to hold a media briefing on Operation Inherent Resolve, the international military effort against ISIS on Oct. 17, 2014 at the Pentagon in Washington.

Lloyd Austin Isn’t Who You Think He Is

The “silent general” has never been very quiet on policy. That’s exactly why Biden picked him as defense secretary—and why Washington’s foreign-policy establishment is wary.

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin

Biden Defends Choice of Austin for Defense Secretary

Some lawmakers and many national security experts are wary of another general atop the Pentagon, but Lloyd Austin has the president-elect’s ear—and backing.

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Biden to Name Former General as Defense Secretary

Lloyd Austin would be the first Black person to serve in the job.

President-elect Joe Biden departs after delivering a Thanksgiving address at the Queen Theatre on Nov. 25 in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Will Biden’s National Security Team Include Members of the Democratic Party’s Progressive Wing?

The president-elect’s picks have deep experience in the Washington establishment. It’s unclear whether the party’s left can make its voice heard in the new administration.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Why Is Trump Threatening America’s Defense Budget?

The president is pushing against a law that digital rights groups say protect social media firms.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin during an official ceremony in the Emirati capital's Al-Watan presidential palace on October 15, 2019.

Pentagon Says UAE Possibly Funding Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries in Libya

The Defense Department’s inspector general found that the United Arab Emirates is financing Russian Wagner Group mercenaries—just as Trump aims to sell the UAE billions of dollars worth of arms.

U.S. President Donald Trump and then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

Pentagon Purges Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board

It’s unclear why the Trump administration waited until its final months to shake up the influential group of outside experts advising top Pentagon leaders.

US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military following a meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017.

Trump’s Pentagon Now Vetting Nonpolitical Experts

Political-style vetting is now being applied to special government employees and other hard-to-find outside experts.

Then-U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy

Biden’s Likely Defense Secretary Pick Flournoy Faces Progressive Pushback

From concerns about ties to defense contractors to worries about forever wars, at least one of the president-elect’s potential nominees is raising hackles.

Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michèle Flournoy

Biden and Flournoy Have Clashed Over Policy in Past

The putative front-runner to be U.S. defense secretary hasn’t always agreed with her future boss.

This picture taken December 26, 2011 shows the Pentagon building in Washington, DC.

Top Pentagon Policy Official Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Trump loyalist Anthony Tata’s positive diagnosis came as officials have noted a relaxation of mask wearing inside the Pentagon.

This picture taken December 26, 2011 shows the Pentagon building in Washington, DC.

Trump Loyalists Primed to Further Remake Pentagon

Officials in the Pentagon see this week’s purges as a sign the White House will be even more aggressive in bending the Pentagon to its political whims.

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