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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.

Mexican officials, including Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Economy Secretary Graciela Marquez Colin attend a press conference with the Mexican delegation negotiating tariffs with U.S. officials on June 3 in Washington, DC.

Mexico Stands Firm Ahead of U.S. Talks

Plus: Sudan's military council calls off the transition deal, China's Tiananmen anniversary, and the other stories we're following today.

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, left, gestures as International Institute for Strategic Studies CEO John Chipman looks on in Singapore on June 1.

In a Male-Dominated Administration, Pentagon Chief Seeks More Women

But critics are skeptical that Patrick Shanahan will fill senior Defense posts with female nominees after a series of resignations.

The House Budget Committee displays copies of U.S. President Donald Trump's fiscal 2020 budget in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 11.

U.S. Defense Department’s Top Budget Strategist to Step Down

The departure adds more uncertainty at the Pentagon, where Trump has yet to appoint a permanent secretary of defense.

A coalition airstrike in the western Daraiya neighborhood of the embattled northern Syrian city of Raqqa on Sept. 5, 2017.

How the U.S. Miscounted the Dead in Syria

Rights groups say U.S.-led coalition killed many more civilians than previously disclosed in the battle against the Islamic State.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on March 26. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Shanahan’s Bid for Top Pentagon Job on Hold

The White House seems to have cooled on the acting defense secretary, but he might get the post by default.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan attends a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on March 14. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Pentagon’s Empty Throne

Patrick Shanahan, America’s longest-serving acting defense secretary, faces an increasingly hostile Senate.

Then-U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence listen while President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting in the Pentagon in Washington on Jan. 18, 2018. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

At Trump’s Pentagon, Empty Offices Are the New Normal

The problem has worsened since James Mattis left the U.S. Defense Department.

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber flies over the Indian Ocean after completing a mission over Iraq on March 27, 2003. (Cherie A. Thurlby/U.S. Air Force/Getty Images)

Air Force’s $166 Billion Budget Would Help Revamp U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

The service would get a significant increase in research and development dollars.

The first of two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptors is launched during a successful intercept test in the United States on Sept. 10, 2013. (Ralph Scott/Missile Defense Agency)

Despite Trump’s Tough Talk, No Boost for Missile Defense Agency

The administration will instead increase investments in offensive missile defense capabilities, such as hypersonic technology.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to visit with families of fallen soldiers as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, and acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, right, follow at Dover Air Force base in Delaware on Jan. 19.

Does Anyone Want to Be Secretary of Defense?

White House struggles to fill the top Pentagon job.

A view of the border wall between Mexico and the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on Jan. 19, 2018.
(Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump May Have $21 Billion in Military Funds Available for the Wall

The president plans to sign a federal spending bill and declare a national emergency to bankroll his long-promised border wall.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend an event for business leaders in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

From China’s #MeToo movement to advice for a new incoming class of the U.S. Congress.

Eric Chewning, deputy assistant secretary of defense, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Aquisitions, Technology and Logistics), poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Feb. 2, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alicia Brand)

Pentagon Industrial Policy Head Tapped for Chief of Staff

Acting defense secretary’s decision to tap Eric Chewning, who manages industrial policy for the Pentagon, is an olive branch to chief weapons buyer Ellen Lord.

President Donald Trump and Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, bow their heads in prayer before the start of a Cabinet meeting of the White House in Washington on Aug. 18. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Military’s New Boss Is Walking Into an Ambush

Donald Trump has picked a former CEO to run the Pentagon. He should have gone with a psychiatrist.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the U.S. military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq on Dec. 26, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

In Reversal, Trump Signals Further Boost in Defense Spending

The U.S. president had been calling for cuts in recent months.

Then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis listens while President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with military leaders in the White House in Washington on Oct. 23, 2018. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

James Mattis Wasn’t Ready to Serve in a Democracy

After the tributes die down, the outgoing defense secretary will be remembered for recklessly expanding, and covering up, the country’s wars.

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