Situation Report

Then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly testifies during a hearing before the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee May 24, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Kelly Is Out but No Replacement in Sight; Milley Set to Replace Dunford

John Kelly’s departure as White House chief of staff marks the beginning of a turbulent new era for Trump.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018. ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Khashoggi Report Hangs Over Talks at Reagan Defense Forum; Mattis Accuses Putin of Election Meddling

Dispatch from the Reagan National Defense Forum, UK Defense Minister on Russia’s arms treaty violation, remembering George H.W. Bush.

A vehicle runs down the 19 km road-and-rail Crimean Bridge passing over the Kerch Strait and linking southern Russia to the Crimean peninsula on May 15, 2018, in Kerch, prior to the opening ceremony.  ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Stand-Off in the Kerch Strait; Chaos and Tear Gas at the Border

A stand-off in the Kerch Strait marks a new phase in an undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine, the caravan arrives in Tijuana, U.S. troops are now authorized to use lethal force against migrants, if necessary, and more.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks during a press briefing at the Pentagon August 28, 2018 in Arlington, VA. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Security Brief: The Generals’ Pentagon; Dispatch from Halifax

DOD civilians feel they no longer have a seat at the table, lawmakers and officials let loose at Halifax, dueling price tags on Space Force, and more.

A Yemeni child suffering from severe malnutrition is weighed at a treatment centre in a hospital in Yemen's northwestern Hajjah province, on November 7, 2018. ESSA AHMED/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Yemen Refueling Halt Won’t Satisfy Critics; Israeli Covert Operation Exposed

Critics urge the Trump administration to do more to end the violence in Yemen, a covert Israeli operation into Gaza turns deadly, China reveals the missiles on its J-20 stealth fighter jet, and more.

Poll workers help voters at polling station during early voting for the mid-term elections in the Lakeview Terrace neighborhood of Los Angeles, California on November 4, 2018. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Watching for Election Meddling in Midterms; Iran Sanctions Return

Everything you need to know about how influence operations against the election are strangely quiet and how Washington is struggling to implement its pressure campaign against Tehran.

Police tape and memorial flowers are seen on October 28, 2018 outside the Tree of Life Synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: ‘Fighting Hate Is Everyone’s Job’; Bolton’s Whisper Campaign

A Q&A with the head of the humanitarian group suspected Tree of Life attacker Robert Bowers was obsessed with, John Bolton tries to ice out key members of Trump’s Cabinet, the Pentagon’s cyber campaign to protect the midterm elections, and more.

A protester dressed as Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and another dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump demonstrate outside the White House in Washington on Oct. 19. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Saudi Khashoggi Claims Fall Flat; Riyadh Blindsided; Bolton in Moscow

Everything you need to know about Saudi Arabia’s claim that Khashoggi was killed during a fight inside its Istanbul consulate, the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of a major arms treaty, a new strategy for the war in Syria, and more.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Pentagon for a meeting January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Beginning of the End for Mattis; Khashoggi Strains U.S.-Saudi Alliance; Brunson Comes Home

Everything you need to know about Trump’s ‘60 Minutes’ interview, Ankara’s sudden decision to release American pastor Andrew Brunson, Hurricane Michael’s trail of destruction at a major Florida air force base, and more.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Hudson Institute on the administration's policy toward China in Washington, D.C., on October 4, 2018. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Spy Chip Allegations and Pence Drag Down U.S-China Relations

A new report alleges that China hacked a widely used piece of computer hardware equipment, the White House blames Beijing for the decline of the defense industrial base, Pompeo visits North Korea, what to see at AUSA, and more.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe inspect an honour guard during a welcome ceremony at the Bayi Building in Beijing on June 27, 2018. MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: SECDEF’s China Trip Cancelled Amid Rising Tensions; Payday for Boeing

Catch up on everything you need to know about growing tensions between the United States and China, the Pentagon’s mad rush to award major defense contracts before the end of the fiscal year, the F-35 fighter jet’s first crash, and more.

U.S. President Donald Trump waits to address the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: North Korea, Iran Take Center Stage at UNGA

Catch up on everything you need to know about South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s big week, the U.S.-European clash on Iran, highlights from a massive gathering of top Air Force brass near Washington, and more.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov watch the Vostok-2018 military drills at Tsugol training ground not far from the Chinese and Mongolian border in Siberia, on September 13, 2018. ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Russia Wraps Vostok Exercise; Taliban Experiments With Governance

Catch up on everything you need to know about Russian military exercises, a Taliban experiment in governance, and a South Korean diplomatic offensive.

This picture shows the destruction after government forces bombed the town of Al Habit on the southern edges of the rebel-held Idlib province on September 9, 2018. OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Pentagon Draws Up ‘Options’ for Striking Assad; Trump Expands CIA’s Drone Mission in Africa

Catch up on everything you need to know about a possible military strike against Assad, the expansion of the CIA’s shadowy drone mission against militants in Africa under Trump, and all the latest from North Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks during a press conference at the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations at the Hoover Institution on the campus of Stanford University on July 24, 2018 in Stanford, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Security Brief: Sticking Points at Historic U.S.-India Talks; Making the Carrier Great Again?

Catch up on everything you need to know about the inaugural U.S.-India ministerial dialogue in New Delhi this week, the U.S. Navy’s big step toward building a new unmanned tanker, and more.

Afghan Shiite mourners offer funeral prayers for nine victims, who were killed in a suicide attack the previous day, in Kabul on August 16, 2018. NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Reality on the Ground in Afghanistan; Senate Loses a ‘Lion’

Catch up on everything you need to know about the forever war in Afghanistan, the legacy of Sen. John McCain, North Korea’s reaction to Trump’s latest tweet, and more.

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump look at members of the Fifth Regiment de Cuirassiers ride by in tanks as they attend the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017. JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Trump Cancels Military Parade; Erik Prince Reups Plan to Privatize Afghan War

Catch up on everything you need to know about Trump’s $92 million military parade, the Blackwater founder’s proposal to privatize the war in Afghanistan, North Korea’s demands for a declaration to end the Korean War, and more.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announces the Trump administration's plan to create the U.S. Space Force by 2020 during a speech at the Pentagon August 9, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Security Brief: What Trump’s Space Force Will and Won’t Do; U.S. Sanctions Rattle Markets, Allies

Catch up on everything you need to know about Trump’s Space Force, the impact of powerful new White House sanctions on Russia, Turkey and Iran, an interview with U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel, and more.

Flag draped transfer cases with the remains of American soldiers repatriated from North Korea are seen during a ceremony after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 1, 2018. RONEN ZILBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Korean War Remains ‘Believed to be American’; Cutting Deals with al Qaeda

Catch up on everything you need to know about the credibility of the Korean War remains turned over by North Korea, deal-making with al Qaeda in Yemen, Russia’s proposal to cooperate with the United States on rebuilding Syria, and more.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Trump and Putin Meet in Helsinki; High-Flying News From a Big British Air Show; U.S. Army Steps into the Future

Catch up on everything you need to know about the Trump-Putin meeting, big air shows in Europe, and other top news.

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