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.
What Could Stop an ‘Unhinged’ U.S. President From Ordering a Nuclear Strike?
Not a lot, it turns out.
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 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.
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.
Biden to Name Former General as Defense Secretary
Lloyd Austin would be the first Black person to serve in the job.
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.
Why Is Trump Threatening America’s Defense Budget?
The president is pushing against a law that digital rights groups say protect social media firms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.