U.S. Dept. of Defense

US considers shooting down NK missiles that don't pose a direct threat

<b>(CNN) —</b> As tensions continue to ratchet up with North Korea, CNN has learned that the US is considering shooting down a North Korean ballistic missile even if it does not directly threaten the US or its allies.<p>Speaking to reporters Monday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said North Korea is …

War

Pentagon reporters frustrated by Mattis

Trump's war on the press may be spilling over into the Defense Department, journalists fear.<p>Pentagon reporters are complaining of decreased access to Defense Secretary James Mattis, as well as a reduction in journalists allowed to travel on official trips, at a time when the Trump administration is …

News

US sends 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan

<b>US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says the US will send 3,000 extra troops to Afghanistan as the Taliban gain ground and security deteriorates.</b><p>American combat operations against the Taliban officially ended in 2014, but over 8,000 US special forces remain in the country backing Afghan troops.<p>US …

Afghanistan

USAF keeps B-21 costs in check as development ramps up

A secretive new stealth bomber in development by Northrop Grumman could fall in price if long-term trends hold, says the head of the US Air Force s …

Aerospace

The Next Fight: The commandant is pushing the Corps to be ready for a ‘violent, violent fight’

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. ­Robert Neller has repeatedly offered sobering — and at times ominous — warnings about the next war the Corps will …

War

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—September 19

<b>1994</b>—D.C. Circuit chief judge Abner J. Mikva resigns from the court in order to pursue what for him might be a less political position—White House …

Judiciary

Mattis: US to send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday confirmed the United States will send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Reuters reported.<p>“It is exactly over …

Afghanistan

Where Are the Brave Military Voices Against Forever War?

But they’ve been taught the way to do it<p>Like Christian soldiers; not with haste<p>And shuddering groans; but passing through it<p>With due regard for …

Conservative View

Senate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed Monday by the Senate mandates a thorough, distinct doctrine for cyber warfare, filling a void …

Government

Mattis says over 3,000 additional U.S. troops will deploy to Afghanistan

The Defense secretary signed the order to send the troops in August, though at the time he did not reveal a number

North Korea

U.S. Troops Have Close Encounter With Russian Warplanes

..."the de-confliction line...is open 24 hours per day."

Conservative View

Tillerson’s State Department Is Adrift, Say Diplomats

WASHINGTON — On his first day as Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson vowed to try to get to know everyone at the State Department. But senior diplomats say they never saw him again.<p>As President Donald Trump faces a collection of world leaders at his first United Nations General Assembly this week, …

World News

Pentagon chief says he was asked about reintroducing tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis acknowledged Monday that his South Korean counterpart inquired recently about reintroducing tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, a move that could take tensions with North Korea to a new high.<p>Mattis, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, confirmed that he …

North Korea

89% of Senate Democrats Help Pass The $696.5B Defense Bill

Much attention has focused on a new attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The Graham-Cassidy bill is being pushed without hearings or a Congressional Budget Office score that would estimate how many would lose coverage and any budget impact.<p>But while eyes had …

U.S. Congress

America’s Slow-Motion Military Coup

Stephen KinzerIn a democracy, no one should be comforted to hear that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. That was never …

Foreign Policy

Mattis asked these two men to help determine the future of transgender military service

Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. (Photos by Sgt. James McCann/Defense Department and Pierre Verdy/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images, respectively)<p>The Pentagon’s No. 2 general and deputy defense secretary will take a …

News (U.S.)

Hispanic-American Marine Gave His Life to Save Others

<i>This blog is part of a weekly series called “Medal of Honor Monday,” in which we’ll highlight one of the nearly 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients who</i> …

Medal of Honor

Facing 'enormous' legal bills, Michael Flynn establishes legal defense fund

Relatives of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, one of the key subjects of multiple investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, made a rare …

Michael Flynn

How Trump's advisers schooled him on globalism

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>NEW YORK (AP) -- On a sweltering Washington summer day, President Donald Trump's motorcade pulled up to the Pentagon for a meeting largely billed as a briefing on the Afghanistan conflict and the fight against the Islamic State group.<p>There, in the windowless meeting room …

Politics

Senate poised to pass $700 billion defense policy bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to pass a defense policy bill that pumps $700 billion into the Pentagon budget, expands U.S. missile defenses in …

North Korea

Creative Forces Clinical Research Summit | NEA

<b>Creative Forces Clinical Research Summit</b> takes place September 18-19, 2017 at the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC. The event is an …

U.S. Government

US urges Syria co-operation with Russia after strike

Oslo - Washington and Moscow have held high-level talks aimed at shoring up military "deconfliction" zones in eastern Syria after Russia was accused …

Syria

Top Russian and U.S. generals discuss Syria bombing allegations - Kommersant

MOSCOW (Reuters) - General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of Russia’s general staff, spent an hour on the phone with U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford discussing Pentagon allegations that Moscow bombed U.S.-backed fighters in Syria, the Kommersant daily said on Sunday.<p>U.S.-backed militias said they …

Syria

Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate Change Era

Will Chenette from Delta Co. 1-124 Florida National Guard guards a checkpoint as people return to their homes after Hurricane Irma passed through the …

Liberal View

The Pentagon is spending $2 billion running Soviet-era guns to Syrian rebels

The U.S. Department of Defense is reportedly still funneling billions of dollars’ worth of Soviet-era weaponry to anti-Islamic State groups in Syria, with questionable oversight.<p>In a joint report published Tuesday, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan …

War

Breaking: 'Mad Dog' Mattis Makes His Move

Advertisement - story continues below<p>The Pentagon released new guidance Friday allowing transgender troops currently serving in the United States …

Conservative View

Why are gas prices up and oil prices down?

<b>Dear John: Can you explain the gasoline greed? Gas prices spiked when oil dropped by almost 5 percent. As consumers, we are at the mercy of corporate</b> …

Business

Amazon now authorized to host DoD’s most sensitive data

Amazon Web Services has been granted provisional authorization to host Level 5 data for the US Department of Defense (DoD).<p>With the approval, the …

Cloud Computing

Al-Qaeda preparing to strike again, Osama bin Laden’s killer warns

This week marks 16 years since the 9/11 terror attacks changed the world forever.<p>On the 11th of September 2001, four coordinated attacks were …

Terrorism

The Next Wave of Outrage

Former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of murder Friday in a highly anticipated case, exposing the continued fragility of the region three years after Michael Brown’s death.<p>Just a few steps away from where the enslaved Dred Scott unsuccessfully sued for his freedom, St. Louis protest …

Policing