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World Oct 27Pentagon chief Mattis stresses diplomacy as the answer to ending Korean crisis
He made the point over and over -- at the Panmunjom "truce village" where North literally meets South; at a military observation post inside the Demilitarized Zone, and in off-the cuff comments to U.S. and South Korean troops.
Politics Oct 12Pentagon has no plans to boost size of nuclear arsenal
In fact, the Pentagon can barely sustain the existing force, which is decades old and is in some respects almost decrepit.
World Oct 11Trump disputes NBC report that he wanted a big increase in U.S. nuclear weapons
President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants the U.S. nuclear arsenal in "tiptop shape" but has not asked that it be greatly expanded. Trump was responding to a news report that he had said that he wanted what amounted to…
Politics Sep 03Trump raises stakes in escalating North Korean nuclear crisis
President Donald Trump raised the stakes Sunday in an escalating crisis over North Korea's nuclear threats, suggesting drastic economic measures against China and criticizing ally South Korea.
World Aug 31Mattis begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan
The additional U.S. troops, part of President Donald Trump's newly-announced strategy on Afghanistan, have not yet arrived in the country.
Nation Aug 25Trump directs Pentagon to ban transgender people from joining the military
He appeared to leave open the possibility of allowing some already in uniform to remain in the military.
World Aug 22Mattis in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders, U.S. commanders
Islamic State militants, driven from their main stronghold in northern Iraq, are trapped in a military vise that will squeeze them on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.
World Aug 21WATCH: Trump says U.S. can’t afford ‘hasty’ withdrawal from Afghanistan
In a prime-time address to the nation, Trump said his "original instinct was to pull out." Since taking office, Trump said, he'd determined that approach could create a vacuum that terrorists including al-Qaida and the Islamic State could "instantly fill."…
World Aug 17WATCH: Mattis says U.S. is close to new approach in Afghanistan
Mattis told reporters talks at Camp David this weekend "will move this toward a decision."…
World Aug 14U.S. would ‘take out’ any North Korean missile aimed at American soil, defense secretary says
WASHINGTON — The United States would “take out” any North Korean missile seen to be heading for American soil, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. He declared that any such North Korean attack could lead to war. Responding to reporters’…