The unusual strategy to slow the promotions until after the election — intended to protect the officers’ accomplished careers — was devised by top Pentagon leaders.
Under a Biden administration, the nominations are expected to go from the Pentagon to the White House within weeks and then to the Senate for approval.
Retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III serves on the board of Raytheon, one of the world’s largest weapons makers, and is a partner in an investment firm that buys military suppliers.
While the number of troops — about 700 — is small, it is a continuation of President Trump’s efforts to withdraw the United States from what he has described as endless wars.
President Trump’s supporters hope he is the president to end America’s longest war.
So far, there is no evidence the appointees harbor a secret agenda or arrived with an action plan. But their sudden appearance amounts to a purge of the Pentagon’s top civilian hierarchy without recent precedent.
Mark T. Esper broke with President Trump in June over sending active-duty military troops to control demonstrations against police brutality.
Mark Esper’s strained relationship with President Trump, since he balked at using active-duty troops to quell civil unrest, may result in Mr. Trump choosing his fourth defense secretary if he keeps the White House.
The national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, reiterated a plan to draw down troops to 2,500 by early 2021, sidestepping President Trump’s call for a Christmas exit.
Prabowo Subianto, former head of Indonesia’s feared special forces under Suharto and now the minister of defense, had been barred from entering the United States for years.
Congress must ensure that the military paper does not fall through any fiscal cracks.
President Trump’s public comments this week, perhaps fueled by anger over reports of his disrespect for those who died in America’s wars, take his attack on the military to a new level.
Stars and Stripes will cease print and online publication at the end of the month. A bipartisan group of senators says the Pentagon should find money in its huge budget to continue funding.
President Trump is said to have spoken privately for years about withdrawing from the alliance, a move that critics say would be a major victory for Russia.
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The remarks seemed to be a shift for President Trump, who repeatedly called Mr. Snowden a “traitor” and “spy who should be executed” in the years before his election.
The Trump administration is encouraging development of a domestic industry to produce critical metals now dominated by Chinese companies, but few players show clear long-term promise.
Washington’s police chief took the blame. But Nixon was behind the decision.
Defense Department officials say the redeployments will enhance American security and its ability to respond to threats. Allies and some in Congress see it as punishment to Germany.
The defense secretary lists the types of flags that are allowed to appear on bases worldwide. That flag does not fit.
Some officials say that a joint American-Israeli strategy is evolving — some might argue regressing — to a series of short-of-war clandestine strikes.
Two House hearings grappled with a C.I.A. assessment that Russia offered payments to kill American troops in Afghanistan — and White House inaction on the months-old judgment.
The White House had made clear to Pentagon officials that President Trump did not want to see Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman promoted.
Lobbyists like David Urban, whose connections start at the very top, are thriving as they help the president’s re-election effort while aiding corporate clients.
Senior Defense Department personnel who are perceived as White House critics are resigning or facing what is viewed as reprisal.
Military officials fear the White House may retaliate against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman for his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry.
The president said nothing about his clash with the Pentagon over sending active-duty troops to put down demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd.
The address comes as the coronavirus spreads — and during a breakdown in relations between the president and the nation’s top military leaders.
The International Criminal Court has collected evidence of torture, rape and other crimes by American forces during the war in Afghanistan.
By dismissing an idea under consideration by the Pentagon, the president positioned himself firmly against the movement to remove racist symbols and combat racism touched off by George Floyd’s death.
Some members of the D.C. Guard — comprising more than 60 percent people of color — have not told family they were part of the crackdown. Guard leadership, concerned about public opposition, even warned against buying food from vendors.
The high-profile episode, after days of protests in Washington, was a turning point in the military’s response to unrest in the city.
The military that Gen. Mark A. Milley represents is facing what could be the worst schism with the American public since the fractious Vietnam War years.
The plan is a further blow to America’s weakening European alliances and likely to be welcomed by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
But what appeared to be an uneasy truce between the White House and military leaders did not mean the conflict was over.
“There is a thin line between the tolerance we have witnessed from the military for three years and the point where it becomes intolerable,” said Douglas Lute, a retired three-star Army general.
President Trump threatens to bring a particularly authoritarian brand of executive power to American cities.
President Trump continued to get mocked for his photo op at St. John’s Episcopal Church after protests were forcibly broken up nearby.
The president’s response to the coronavirus that killed more than 100,000 people was lethargic and ineffective. But when it came to anti-racism protesters, it was time to call in the troops.
Mark Esper’s comments reflected the turmoil within the military over President Trump, who has said he could put active-duty troops on the streets to perform law enforcement functions.
An apolitical army is central to American democracy. But the president is using the armed forces to subvert it.
Military helicopters sought to discourage protesters, and retired senior military leaders condemned their successors for deploying such tactics.
The coronavirus may have changed almost everything, but it didn’t change this: Global competition spins ahead — and in many ways has accelerated.
In a letter, they asked the Pentagon how the military is safeguarding troops and prisoners from an outbreak of Covid-19 given the base’s limited health care facilities.
Thousands of civilians have died in Yemen, and American-made bombs sold to the Saudis have played a key role as the White House has sought to boost the arms industry.
President Trump sees arms deals as jobs generators for firms like Raytheon, which has made billions in sales to the Saudi coalition. The Obama administration initially backed the Saudis too, but later regretted it as thousands died.
Nine Americans were injured last October in an attack by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. The U.S. military said there were no casualties.
Adm. Michael M. Gilday appears determined that his recommendations on the Roosevelt case will be made based on Navy principles and not on fears of what the White House might want.
The investigation delays a decision on whether to reinstate the captain of the aircraft carrier Roosevelt, Brett E. Crozier, who has assumed the role of an unlikely hero.