Situation Report

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.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects Sindo county in a recently released, undated photo. STR/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: North Korea Exploits Diplomatic Opening; Trump Administration Divided

North Korea appears to be stepping up clandestine fuel and missile production.

Supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listen to him give remarks as they gathered in front of the AK Party headquarters on June 25, 2018 in Ankara, Turkey.  Mustafa Kirazli/Getty Images

Security Brief: Fight Brewing Over Turkish F-35; Trump Backs Space Force

Trump is headed for a collision with Congress and military leaders after backing space force.

South Korean activists hold placards showing images of the Trump-Kim summit and a South Korea-U.S. joint military drill during a rally to demand a halt to the Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercise, near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul on June 15. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Security Brief: North Korea Summit Aftermath; Cyber Authorities

The real work of implementing the agreement quickly spun up after the summit.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at a press briefing June 11, 2018 in Singapore. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Security Brief: Trump Set to Meet Kim; What to Expect in Singapore

Trump administration officials are downplaying the possibility of a breakthrough agreement.

President Donald Trump stands with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, on the South Lawn of the White House on June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Security Brief: North Korea Summit Back On; End of the Korean War?

American and North Korean diplomats scramble to make arrangements for June 12 summit.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting on May 26, 2018 in Panmunjom, North Korea. Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images

Security Brief: North Korea Diplomacy Kicks Into High Gear

The Trump administration appears to be trying to salvage a summit set for June 12.

President Donald Trump walks with three Americans released from North Korea, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim at Joint Base Andrews on May 9, 2018 in Maryland. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Security Brief: Trump Has Second Thoughts on DPRK; Pompeo’s ‘Plan B’ for Iran

Trump is quizzing his South Korean counterpart on North Korean intentions.

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