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Democrats’ Afghan Strategy Sounds Familiar. It’s a Lot Like Trump’s.

September 16, 2019
David Sanger, Maggie Astor | The New York Times
Now, the candidates are racing one another — and President Trump — to demonstrate how quickly they would end the long-running conflict. In the debate on Thursday night, there was almost no discussion of American goals for the country, like building a democracy or protecting the rights of women — objectives that were staples of past Democratic campaigns.
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Pentagon Details Programs Targeted for Cuts to Fund Border Wall

September 5, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Andrew Duehren | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration will divert $3.6 billion from military-construction projects in 23 states, three U.S. territories and at least 19 countries to build or fortify portions of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to newly released details from the Pentagon.
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Mattis Says He Was Frank With Trump but Never Blocked His Wishes

September 3, 2019
Jerry Seib | The Wall Street Journal
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was “right up front” in frank policy discussions with President Trump, but never blocked or delayed actions the president wanted him to take.
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Trump Announces Creation of U.S. Space Command

August 30, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump announced the creation of U.S. Space Command on Thursday, saying it will be a “different ballgame” for those who wish to challenge the U.S. in space. The announcement establishes an 11th U.S. combatant command, which will draw forces from across the military branches much like U.S. Central Command overseeing the Middle East or U.S. Special Operations Command overseeing special operations forces.
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Jim Mattis Says U.S. Needs Allies to Succeed

August 29, 2019
Jerry Seib | The Wall Street Journal
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he resigned from the Trump administration in late 2018 “when my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated.”
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Trump Meets With Advisers to Consider Deal With Taliban

August 17, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Craig Nelson | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump met with his top national security advisers Friday to consider a deal with the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of most U.S. forces from Afghanistan and the end of America’s longest military engagement abroad, U.S. officials said.
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Fmr. Air Force Sec.: Hyten accuser should testify publicly

July 31, 2019
Hallie Jackson | NBC News
Former Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James joins Hallie Jackson to discuss the sexual assault investigation into Joint Chiefs nominee General John Hyten. James says although the Air Force's investigation has been "thorough and impartial," the accuser, Kathryn Spletstoser, should have been allowed to testify before the American public.
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Mark Esper Sworn In as Defense Secretary

July 24, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The Senate voted to confirm former Raytheon Co. executive Mark Esper as U.S. defense secretary, ending the longest period in Pentagon history without a congressionally approved leader.
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Incoming Top Naval Officer Will Retire Amid Ethics Scrutiny

July 8, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
Adm. William Moran, who was to take over as the Navy’s top officer this summer, is instead stepping down over his association with a former naval officer who had been investigated more than two years ago for inappropriate conduct, U.S. military officials said.
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