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Death of a Whistleblower

Questions raised by a Pentagon investigator went unanswered following his workplace suicide.

Malian special forces stand watch.

U.S. Congress Moves to Restrain Pentagon Over Africa Drawdown Plans

Esper already faces an uphill battle in trying to push through potential cuts to Africom. New legislation could make that even tougher.

Doug Wilson

Meet Pete Buttigieg’s Foreign-Policy Mentor

Former Pentagon official and campaign veteran Doug Wilson is helping the U.S. presidential candidate stand out from the pack on foreign policy.

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood

Top Pentagon Policy Official Pushed Out

John Rood, the U.S. Defense Department’s policy chief, has been blamed for an exodus of civilians from the Pentagon.

U.S. Air Force Rockwell B-1 Lancer

Legacy U.S. Air Force Fighters, Bombers Are on the Chopping Block

The Pentagon will propose retiring many of its older aircraft as new capabilities come online, but the cuts aren’t as steep as initially planned.

U.S. soldiers near the Syrian-Turkish border

‘We Just Capitulated’

The Pentagon’s recently departed Middle East policy chief addresses the administration’s handling of Turkey’s Syria invasion and response to Iranian attacks.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. President Donald Trump

The Pentagon’s Invisible Man Is Winning Washington’s Power Game

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is quiet, deferential—and on his way to becoming the Trump administration’s most influential player.

Ukrainian serviceman rides atop an armored personnel carrier in Kyiv

Far From the Front Lines, Javelin Missiles Go Unused in Ukraine

Military support to the Eastern European country is at the center of a scandal that threatens to engulf the Trump administration.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton listen to U.S. President Donald Trump speak at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11, 2018.

Trump’s National Security Team Splinters Over Taliban Meeting

Bolton’s pushback and Pentagon concerns over a potential deal with the Afghan insurgents helped convince the U.S. president to cancel the contentious summit.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks during a bilateral meeting with Vice Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia Prince Khalid bin Salman at the Pentagon August 29, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hollowed-Out Pentagon Begins to Staff Up

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is pushing to get key officials confirmed, but significant gaps remain.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Aug. 29.

Mark Esper’s Biggest Challenge

The new U.S. secretary of defense needs to undo the damage Mattis and his predecessors did to transparency in the department.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is presented a horse by Mongolia's defense minister, Nyamaagiin Enkhbold, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Aug. 8.

In Rare Mongolia Stop, U.S. Defense Secretary Gets an Unusual Gift

Esper’s visit is designed to send a pointed signal to Mongolia’s neighbors: Russia and China.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participate in a training maneuver using an armored vehicle provided by the Turkish army, near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo province, on Jan. 16.

Tensions Spike as Turkey Threatens Syria Offensive

U.S. defense secretary says a Turkish incursion would be “unacceptable.”

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren arrives at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 1, 2018.

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.

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington on Sept. 19, 2017.

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.

Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the aerospace division of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, speaks to media next to debris from a downed U.S. drone in Tehran on June 21.

The World This Weekend

Trump backs down from Iran strikes, the Pentagon gets a new chief, and Istanbul returns to the polls.

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks during his meeting with his Portuguese counterpart, João Gomes Cravinho, at the Pentagon in Washington on June 14.

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.

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