Death of a Whistleblower
Questions raised by a Pentagon investigator went unanswered following his workplace suicide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
Hollowed-Out Pentagon Begins to Staff Up
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is pushing to get key officials confirmed, but significant gaps remain.
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.
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.
Tensions Spike as Turkey Threatens Syria Offensive
U.S. defense secretary says a Turkish incursion would be “unacceptable.”
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.
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.
The World This Weekend
Trump backs down from Iran strikes, the Pentagon gets a new chief, and Istanbul returns to the polls.
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.