Sep 15, 2020
Suga Will Struggle to Pull off Abe's Defense Transformation
Yoshihide Suga, the low-key son of a farmer who will be named Japan’s next prime minister on Wednesday, is in many ways a policy clone of recently resigned Prime Minister...
Jul 22, 2020
Pentagon Legislative Chief Calls It Quits
The U.S. Defense Department's top legislative official will leave the agency on Friday, two officials familiar with the matter told Foreign Policy, matching the Trump...
Jul 21, 2020
Congress Eyes Hearing for Controversial Trump Pentagon Pick
The move comes after the president personally lobbied the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee to confirm Anthony Tata as the Defense Department's top policy official.The Senate...
Jul 18, 2020
U.S. Sees Russian Push to Consolidate Foothold in Georgia
Russian-backed authorities in Georgia's separatist regions are continuing to harden border crossings, limiting access for the United States and aid organizations.Russia is using...
Jul 8, 2020
Lawmakers Demand to See the Side Deals in Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
Democrats suspect the weapons sales are sending jobs to Saudi Arabia.
Jul 4, 2020
White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test
A pair of 20-something White House staffers will begin conducting interviews with political appointees at the Defense Department starting next week, three current and former U.S....
Jul 3, 2020
White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over DoD Objections
The White House wants fired National Security Council aide Rich Higgins hired for a senior Defense position.The White House directed Defense Department officials to hire a former...
Jun 27, 2020
Pentagon Selects New Industrial Policy Chief
The move comes after the last senior official overseeing the defense industry's response to the coronavirus pandemic was fired. The Trump administration is set to tap a new...
Jun 26, 2020
Deep in the Heart of Texas, a Chinese Wind Farm Raises Eyebrows
Members of Congress fear Beijing could use the facility for espionage and economic warfare. But the Trump administration is set to let it move forward.The Trump administration will...
Jun 26, 2020
Trump Mulls Ending Heads-Up to Congress on U.S. Weapons Sales
The Trump administration is in discussions to end a decades-old practice of informally notifying Congress of major arms sales to foreign countries, in a move that reflects mounting...
Jun 23, 2020
Top Trump Pentagon Nominee Walks Back Offensive Tweets
U.S. President Donald Trump's embattled pick to be the Pentagon's top policy official is walking back Islamophobic and offensive tweets unearthed earlier this month that led several...
Jun 10, 2020
Pentagon Fails to Tell Congress Cost of Protest Deployment
The U.S. Defense Department has failed to meet a deadline to detail to Congress the cost of deploying some 1,600 active-duty troops to the Washington, D.C., area amid protests last...
Jun 3, 2020
U.S. Unable to Monitor Military Aid to Egypt’s Anti-Terrorism Fight
Limits on U.S. visibility come as the Pentagon considers pulling out of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula altogether.The United States lacks visibility on how Egypt is using U.S.-provided...
May 18, 2020
Top Trump Defense Pick Shows Up at Pentagon Before Senate Confirmation
In a move that could raise questions in Congress, Trump loyalist Anthony Tata has been asked to sit in on meetings prior to his expected nomination to a senior Pentagon post.
May 7, 2020
Trump Taps Point Man to Remove Pentagon Officials Seen As Disloyal
Officials fear the arrival of a former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence who could undercut Defense Secretary Mark Esper.In another move aimed at consolidating control over...
Apr 30, 2020
Trump Fixates on China as New START Nears Expiration
The Trump administration is increasingly set on trying to bring China into a key nuclear arms deal with Russia, according to documents obtained by Foreign Policy, amid fears by arms...
Apr 25, 2020
Pentagon Asks for More Cash to Cut Down Civilian Deaths
Under fire from human rights groups, the U.S. Department of Defense is asking lawmakers for a cash infusion to improve its ability to track civilian casualties in the ongoing fight...
Apr 18, 2020
Pentagon Considers Extending Enlistments During Pandemic
Senior defense official expects to see more impacts to war readiness as the coronavirus outbreak hampers recruiting and halts travel.The U.S. Defense Department is trying to keep its...
Apr 4, 2020
Navy Brass Felt Blindsided by Fired Carrier Captain’s Emailed Appeal
The commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt had two direct calls with top Navy aides before his warning about the dire situation on board leaked publicly.Senior Navy officials were...
Apr 1, 2020
After Death of U.S. Citizen, State Department Floats Slashing Egypt Aid
The United States continues sending military aid to Egypt despite its worsening human rights situation. Could the death of a detained American change that?
Mar 20, 2020
Congress Pushes for Syria Funding Boost
The chairman of the House panel on foreign relations is leading a bipartisan push to maximize the US bankroll for the vast stabilization effort in war-torn Syria, after the...
Mar 13, 2020
Pentagon Says Iran-Backed Groups ‘Likely’ Behind Deadly Iraq Attack
Rocket attacks that left one British and two American service members dead in Iraq March 11 were likely the work of an Iranian-backed Shiite proxy group, the top US...
Mar 12, 2020
Multiple U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq After Rocket Strike
Two Americans and one British servicemember were killed in a rocket attack on Iraq's Camp Taji base, just north of Baghdad, a security source confirmed to Al-Monitor. One...
Mar 5, 2020
U.S. Not Planning to Send New Weapons to Turkey for Syria Campaign
The Donald Trump administration will not provide fresh supplies of ammunition to Turkey for its ongoing offensive into Syria's contested Idlib province, where an airstrike that...
Mar 3, 2020
Pentagon Says U.S. Will Not Retaliate for Turkey in Syria
The U.S. administration has ruled out retaliatory airstrikes in Syria after at least 34 Turkish troops were killed in an attack last week, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said...
Feb 20, 2020
Yemen’s Houthis Now Sporting Deadlier Drones
Drones used by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen are becoming deadlier and more accurate over long ranges, according to a report released Wednesday.While the Yemeni group had been...
Feb 14, 2020
Pentagon Tit-for-Tat With Iran Goes On
The Pentagon announced that a rocket struck an Iraqi base housing American troops today and that US forces had intercepted a Yemen-bound dhow carrying Iranian-designed...
Feb 12, 2020
Pentagon Slashes Funding for Islamic State Fight
The Donald Trump administration is again set to slash funding for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in a new budget request unveiled today, as Iraq's leaders have...
Feb 10, 2020
Trump Confirms Al-Qaeda’s Yemen Leader Killed
An American operation killed al-Qaeda's top leader in Yemen last week, President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday night.Qasim al-Raymi had been targeted in a botched U.S. Navy SEAL...
Feb 1, 2020
U.S. to Boost Egyptian Air Defenses Despite Congressional Anger
The Donald Trump administration has OK'd a deal to supply Egypt with excess air defense units, even as several senators press the White House to sanction Cairo over the recent death...
Jan 31, 2020
Pentagon: Turkey’s Deployment to Libya Threatens Escalation
Turkey's deployment of troops to war-torn Libya to head off the threat of private Russian military contractors threatens a significant escalation in the months-long conflict, the top...
Jan 18, 2020
DoD Receives Late Notice of U.S. Injuries in Iranian Strike
Defense Secretary Mark Esper was only made aware of possible brain trauma suffered by U.S. troops during a Jan. 8 Iranian ballistic missile attack on al-Asad air base in Iraq a full...
Jan 16, 2020
DoD Considering Reinforcing Missile Defenses After Iranian Strikes
The Pentagon is considering sending additional missile defenses and other capabilities to the Middle East to defend American troops in the wake of Iranian ballistic missile strikes...
Jan 13, 2020
Iraqi PM Quietly Working to Keep U.S. Troops in Country
Iraq's caretaker prime minister privately does not want US troops to withdraw, several sources familiar with the situation told Al-Monitor, though Adel Abdul Mahdi publicly backed a...
Jan 9, 2020
Trump Floats Iran As Anti-Terror Partner After Strikes
In a blistering response at the White House today to an Iranian missile attack against Iraqi bases that house US troops, President Donald Trump alternated between using carrot and...
Jan 7, 2020
U.S. Set to Reposition Forces in Iraq After Strike on Soleimani
The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq is set to reposition forces throughout the country, but it will not withdraw. The Iraqi parliament urged international...
Jan 1, 2020
U.S. Position in Iraq in Jeopardy After Strikes
Senior Donald Trump administration officials insisted today that a series of strikes into Iraq and Syria were a defensive measure taken after a suspected Iran-backed attack this...
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