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Nation Mar 16New U.S. military budget focused on China despite border talk
To a remarkable degree, the 2020 Pentagon budget proposal is shaped by national security threats that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has summarized in three words: “China, China, China.”…
Politics Mar 08Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson resigns
Secretary Wilson said Friday she is resigning to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso.
Politics Feb 23Pentagon chief getting firsthand look at US-Mexico border
Top defense officials toured sections of the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday to see how the military could reinforce efforts to block drug smuggling and other illegal activity, as the Pentagon weighs diverting billions of dollars for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Nation Feb 15Time to expand the international coalition against Islamic State, Pentagon official says
"While the time for U.S. troops on the ground in northeast Syria winds down," says Pat Shanahan, U.S. Defense Secretary, "the United States remains committed to our coalition's cause, the permanent defeat of ISIS, both in the Middle East and…
World Feb 08U.S. envoy for Afghanistan says talks with Taliban are far from over
Zalmay Khalilzad said he hopes a final deal is clinched before Afghanistan's presidential election in July but stressed many issues remain to be resolved.
World Jan 31U.S. expected to announce withdrawal from arms control treaty as soon as Friday
An American withdrawal, which has been expected for months, would follow years of unresolved dispute over Russian compliance with the pact, known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty. Some analysts worry the demise of the treaty could fuel…
World Jan 31Afghan forces still shrinking, security gaps growing, report says
As the Trump administration pushes for peace in Afghanistan, a new U.S. watchdog report says Afghan security forces are shrinking, gaps in security are growing, and the Taliban are largely holding their own despite a surge in American bombing.
Politics Jan 29WATCH: Spy agencies doubt North Korea will give up nuclear weapons
The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET today. Watch it here.
Politics Jan 12With Trump’s nominee in limbo, envoy post in UAE stays empty
When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, no U.S. ambassador was there to welcome him.
Politics Jan 12U.S. starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria
The withdrawal began with shipments of military equipment, U.S. defense officials said. But in coming weeks, the contingent of about 2,000 troops is expected to depart even as the White House says it will keep pressure on the Islamic State…