Situation Report

Russian Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-34 military aircrafts fly above the Ivan the Great Bell Tower during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 4, 2017. (NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

After Rupture with U.S., Turkey Looks to Russia for Fighter Jets

Ankara may buy Moscow’s most advanced Su-57 after its expulsion from the F-35 program.

A Russian Antonov military cargo plane, carrying the S-400 missile system from Russia, is unloaded after landing at the Murted military airbase in Ankara on July 12, 2019.

Trump Set to Sanction Turkey

The administration has settled on a package of sanctions to punish Ankara for buying a Russian missile system.

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten listens during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on April 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump’s Joint Chiefs Nominee Accused of Sexual Misconduct

News of the allegations surfaces at a time of unusual turmoil in the Pentagon’s top ranks.

An Iranian woman walks past a mural painting depicting the late founder of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the Iranian capital Tehran on June 25, 2019.

Iran Moves Forward on Enrichment

The latest breach could significantly reduce the time it will take Tehran to amass enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear weapon.

Members of the first group of 10 Democratic presidential candidates take the stage for the first debate of the 2020 campaign in Miami-Dade County, Florida, on June 26.

Democrats Clash on Top National Security Threats

The candidates also sparred about the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the war in Afghanistan.

U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House after a weekend in Camp David on June 23, 2019 in Washington.

Trump Finds His Red Line on Iran

The U.S. military launched cyberattacks against Tehran in response to the shootdown of a U.S. drone.

U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper announces that Austin, Texas, will be the new headquarters for the Army Futures Command during a news conference at the Pentagon July 13, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s New Acting Pentagon Chief Heads to NATO

Mark Esper, who takes over as acting defense secretary on Monday, won’t have time to catch his breath before his first major appearance in the job.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at an East Room event on “second chance hiring” June 13, 2019 at the White House in Washington, DC.

Trump Weighs Military Options Against Iran

Officials are reportedly considering a proposal to send as many as 6,000 additional U.S. troops to the region.

US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Poland's President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda watch as an F-35 fighter planes flies over the White House on June 12, 2019, in Washington DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Polish Message to NATO

New security agreement rewards Poland’s commitment to defense spending.

Russian S-400 air defence missile systems roll at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2016. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Warns Turkey of Sanctions Over Russian Missile System

Decision to start ‘unwinding’ Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program is the latest sign of strained ties between the two nations.

President Donald Trump shows off posters as he talks with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Clash Coming Over Trump’s Arms Sales to Saudi, UAE

A bipartisan group of senators vowed to block the administration’s move to bypass Congress and expedite an $8 billion package.

The USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) destroyer (C) is moored in a dock at the Yokosuka Naval Base on June 01, 2019 in Yokosuka, Japan. On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump has denied any involvement the move to hide the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during his recent visit to its home port in Yokosuka, after reports emerged of emails being exchanged about keeping the ship out of view. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Admiral Squashed White House Request to Hide USS John McCain

The debacle threatened to overshadow Patrick Shanahan’s first major speech on the international stage.

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe speaks during the second round of U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue on November 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Diao Haiyang/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

U.S. and China Defense Chiefs to Meet in Singapore

The tete-a-tete on the sidelines of Asia’s leading security summit comes as Washington and Beijing clash on issues from cybersecurity to trade.

People browse for items in a Huawei store in a shopping mall in Shanghai on May 22, 2019.

Huawei Faces Global Fallout From Trump Ban

The Chinese telecom giant is getting increasingly squeezed by American trade restrictions.

A picture taken on May 13, 2019, shows the crude oil tanker, Amjad, which was one of two Saudi tankers that were damaged in mysterious attacks off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah.

U.S. Intel Indicates Iran Behind Tanker Sabotage

President Trump is warning armed conflict with Iran would be the country’s ‘official end.’

An Iranian military truck carries surface-to-air missiles past a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran.

Where Is Trump Headed on Iran?

Lawmakers and American allies are growing skeptical toward the White House’s efforts to counter Tehran.

MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the "Dusty Dogs" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7, attached to Carrier Strike Group 12 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, are recalled to Naval Station Norfolk on September 15, 2018. (Jeff Sherman/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

U.S. Sends More Firepower to Counter Iran

National security experts warn the two countries may be headed toward a military confrontation.

MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the "Dusty Dogs" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 7, attached to Carrier Strike Group 12 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, are recalled to Naval Station Norfolk on September 15, 2018. (Jeff Sherman/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

Security Brief: Bolton’s Warning to Iran

White House says it will deploy carrier strike group and bomber task force to counter Tehran.

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks with reporters at the Pentagon April 19, 2019, in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Shanahan Cleared by Pentagon IG

Acting defense secretary scores major victory on path to nomination.

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