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Pentagon to White House: Stop Politicizing the Military

June 2, 2019 |

The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late US Sen. John McCain hidden from view during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan, the AP reports. A senior Trump…
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Report: Pentagon Has Plan to Send 120K Troops to Middle East

May 14, 2019 |

Plans to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter threats from Iran were unveiled at what appears to have been an exceptionally leaky meeting of national security aides last week, reports the New York Times , which cites more than half a dozen sources. The sources…
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Chinese Activity in Arctic Concerns Pentagon

May 3, 2019 |

The Pentagon sees signs of an increased Chinese presence in the Arctic region, which could include submarines intended to deter nuclear attack. The assessment was part of the Defense Department’s yearly report to Congress on China’s military. Arctic states are concerned about China’s objectives in the region, Reuters reports; Beijing…
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China is stealing tech to rapidly modernize its military, Pentagon warns

May 3, 2019 |

China is continuing to modernize its armed forces in order to transform its military into a major global power and using espionage to steal cutting edge technology for military purposes, according to a newly released Pentagon report on China’s military.
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Scrutiny over Pentagon official’s Boeing ties highlights defense industry consolidation

April 29, 2019 |

The year was 1989. The Pentagon was under the command of President George H.W. Bush and Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. And aviation giant McDonnell Douglas Corp. was riding high as the top federal contractor, grabbing 4.6%, or $ 9.15 billion, of all federal contracting dollars. The next two largest…


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Pentagon, DHS Thinking of Naming New WMD

April 22, 2019 |

Fentanyl is already killing a staggering number of Americans—30,000 in 2017 alone, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse—and authorities say it would be “disturbingly easy” to use the synthetic opioid in a terrorist attack. Pentagon and Homeland Security officials are considering designating the drug a…
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Pentagon to investigate whether Shanahan used office to help Boeing

March 21, 2019 |

The Pentagon’s inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group’s allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics complaint…


L.A. Times – Business

Pentagon Sends More Troops to the Border

February 3, 2019 |

The Pentagon says it’s sending about 3,750 more US troops to the southwest border to help out Customs and Border Protection, CNN reports. The mission is slated to last 90 days and will include mobile surveillance as well as the placement of 150 miles of wire between ports of…
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WSJ: White House requested plans last year from Pentagon to attack Iran

January 14, 2019 |

The White House’s National Security Council asked the Pentagon last year for plans for launching a military attack against Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported early Sunday, citing current and former US officials.
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Pentagon Makes Surprise Announcement on Syria

January 11, 2019 |

The first US troops have begun to leave Syria. The Pentagon is providing few details, however, except to say the US-led coalition had “begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal.” Coalition spokesman Col. Sean Ryan declined to provide numbers or timetables regarding the approximately 2,000 US troops in the…
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