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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.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks alongside President Donald Trump at the White House.

White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections

The White House wants fired National Security Council aide Rich Higgins hired for a senior Defense position.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Republicans Demand Trump Answer on Alleged Russian Bounties

If the leaked U.S. intelligence reporting is verified, Republicans in Congress say President Trump needs to take swift action to hold Russia accountable.

The Pentagon

Pentagon Selects New Industrial Policy Chief

The move comes after the last senior official overseeing the defense industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was fired.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet in the White House on March 20, 2018

Trump Mulls Ending Heads-Up to Congress on U.S. Weapons Sales

Administration officials say they are tired of regular efforts by Capitol Hill to review arms exports to Saudi Arabia and other nations.

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

Top Trump Pentagon Nominee Walks Back Offensive Tweets

Anthony Tata says he retracts his 2018 tweets calling former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader.”

Capt. Brett Crozier

Navy Upholds Ouster of Virus-Racked Carrier’s Captain

The fired commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt failed to “take charge” in responding to the coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship, the Navy found in an investigation.

The Pentagon

Leading Pentagon Official Exits After White House Axes Nomination

Kathryn Wheelbarger’s departure marks the second high-level official to leave this week as the White House stocks the Pentagon with loyalists.

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