China Could Have 1,000 Nuclear Warheads by 2030, Pentagon Says

Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Beijing the “No. 1” nation-state military challenger to the United States.

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Colin Powell Was My Thurgood Marshall

He was Black and Republican, a soldier and a diplomat — and his life holds a particular message for a nation whose democracy is increasingly in peril.

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General Milley Back in the Center of a Political Battle

Gen. Mark Milley will appear in what could be the most significant televised congressional hearing involving senior military leaders in years.

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Woodward’s Book on Trump Describes General’s Secret Calls to China

In a sign of his concerns, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer also gathered commanders to remind them of the safeguards in the nuclear launch procedures.

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Book on Trump Describes General’s Efforts to Reassure China

In a sign of his concerns, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer also gathered commanders to remind them of the safeguards in the nuclear launch procedures.

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How the U.S. Informed a Crisis in Afghanistan

President Biden promised an orderly withdrawal. That pledge, compounded by missed signals and miscalculations, proved impossible.

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What a Candid Pentagon Papers Memo Revealed About Washington

A White House correspondent examines a predecessor’s candid memo about how classified information is traded in the Beltway.

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Pentagon Seeks Aircraft Carrier for Afghanistan Withdrawal

Military officials said the request was headed to the desk of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, who is expected to decide soon.

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Why Is It So Tough to Leave Afghanistan?

The foreign policy establishment just can’t admit when it got things wrong.

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Promotions for Female Generals Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump’s Reaction

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.

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U.S. Should Slow Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Bipartisan Panel Urges

A study group appointed by Congress finds that removing international forces by the May 1 date set in the 2020 U.S.-Taliban peace agreement could lead to a civil war in Afghanistan.

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Rare Pentagon Mission: Armed Troops in Capital

The troops will be the National Guard and not active-duty. But officials know such events are fraught with risk and cite Kent State in 1970, Tiananmen Square in 1989 and Tehran in 2009.

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Military Chiefs Remind Troops of Their Oath After Fallout From Assault on Capitol

The Joint Chiefs of Staff told the United States’ armed forces to defend the Constitution and reject extremism in a memo that condemned last week’s violence.

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Pelosi Pressed Pentagon on Safeguards to Prevent Trump From Ordering Military Action

But short of the cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment or impeaching and convicting the president, it would be unconstitutional to defy legal orders from the commander in chief, experts note.

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Civilian Control of the Military Is Vital

Biden must give a better explanation for why a waiver is justified and how to stop this from becoming a trend.

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‘Is Austin on Your List?’: Biden’s Pentagon Pick Rose Despite Barriers to Diversity

With retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III’s nomination to be the first Black defense secretary, the Pentagon comes face to face with its record as a place where people of color struggle to climb.

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Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?

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.

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Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

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Trump Aide Insists U.S. Will Reduce Forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 Troops

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.

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Top General Declines to Endorse Trump’s Afghan Withdrawal Timeline

The comments from Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came after the White House tripped over itself on the issue of Afghanistan troop levels in recent days.

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Trump’s Return Leaves White House in Disarray as Infections Jolt West Wing

The West Wing was mostly empty, cleared of aides who were sick or told to work from home, and staff in the White House residence were in full personal protective equipment.

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Trump’s Return from Walter Reed Leaves White House in Disarray

The West Wing was mostly empty, cleared of aides who were sick or told to work from home, and staff in the White House residence were in full personal protective equipment.

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U.S.-Russia Military Tensions Intensify in the Air and on the Ground Worldwide

Recent altercations in Europe, the Middle East and off the coast of Alaska have heightened tensions between the two rival powers.

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Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Some officials say that a joint American-Israeli strategy is evolving — some might argue regressing — to a series of short-of-war clandestine strikes.

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Milley Calls for ‘Hard Look’ at Renaming Bases Honoring Confederates

Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a House hearing that “there is no place in our armed forces for manifestations, or symbols of racism, bias or discrimination.”

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General Milley Apologizes for Trump Photo Op Role

President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square, current and former military leaders say, has started a moment of reckoning in the military.

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Milley, America’s Top General, Walks Into a Political Battle

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.

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Trump Agrees to Send Home Troops From Washington, Easing Tensions With the Pentagon

But what appeared to be an uneasy truce between the White House and military leaders did not mean the conflict was over.

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Trump and the Military: A Mutual Embrace Might Dissolve on America’s Streets

“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.

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Mark Esper Breaks With Trump on Using Troops Against Protestors

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.

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Former Commanders Fault Trump’s Use of Troops Against Protesters

Military helicopters sought to discourage protesters, and retired senior military leaders condemned their successors for deploying such tactics.

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An Accidental Navy Chief Steers His Service Through a Storm

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.

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