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Politics Jan 17WATCH: Trump says U.S. will develop space-based missile defense
Declaring that space is the new warfighting domain, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed the U.S. will develop an unrivaled missile defense system to protect against advanced hypersonic and cruise missile threats from competitors and adversaries.
Politics Dec 28AP fact check: Trump makes false claim to troops about pay
In his first visit to U.S. troops in a conflict zone, President Donald Trump drew cheers when he told troops he won them their first raise in 10 years and suggested it was a whopping one. Neither is true. Here's…
Politics Dec 24‘Fix-it’ man Shanahan, Mattis’ successor, working to streamline defense spending
In the new year Trump wants to focus on streamlining purchases at the Pentagon, an issue on which Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has already been working, a White House official said.
Politics Dec 23Trump: Mattis out as of Jan. 1; deputy to be acting chief
Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned, an acrimonious end to a tense relationship that had been eroding…
Politics Dec 21Large U.S. troop pullout planned in Afghanistan, officials say
The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration's policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table…
World Dec 20Pentagon scrambles to devise Syria exit amid outrage about abrupt pullout
The Pentagon, roiled first by the surprise withdrawal order from Trump and then the abrupt resignation of Mattis, offered no information about how the withdrawal will happen or how long it will take, apparently because they don't know.
Politics Dec 20Trump announces Defense Secretary Mattis will retire in February
The announcement came a day after Trump surprised U.S. allies and members of Congress by announcing the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Syria, and as he continues to consider shrinking the American deployment in Afghanistan.
World Dec 19Trump pulling all U.S. troops from Syria, declaring ISIS defeated
The move contradicts President Trump's own experts' assessments and is sparking surprise and outrage from his party's lawmakers who called his action rash and dangerous.
Nation Dec 17Trump plans to create unified U.S. Space Command
The move is separate from Trump's goal of creating a "Space Force" as an independent armed service branch, but could be a step in that direction.
World Oct 27U.S. defense chief: Killing of writer is threat to stability
The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi “undermines regional stability” and the U.S. State Department plans to take further action in response to the killing, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday.