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Pentagon prepares to welcome once-banned Indonesian minister, despite rights concerns

15 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's administration will welcome Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto to the Pentagon on Friday after dropping a defacto ban on his entry into the country imposed over accusations of human rights abuses.

Trump unchained? Afghan troop surprise shows pre-election impulse to upend policy

09 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON Less than a month before the election, U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt vow to bring home troops from Afghanistan by year-end is a sign of how he may feel increasingly unchained to push through a foreign policy "wish list" he hopes could appeal to voters, current and former officials say.

Pentagon risk grows as Marine Corps' No. 2 officer tests positive for coronavirus

08 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON The Marine Corps said on Wednesday its No. 2 officer, General Gary Thomas, had tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the second senior military official to do so this week, another sign of the danger to top brass who met both men at the Pentagon.

U.S. military top brass self-isolating after Coast Guard No.2 tests positive for coronavirus

07 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON The U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff have almost entirely gone into self-quarantine after the Coast Guard's No. 2 tested positive for the novel coronavirus following top-level meetings at the Pentagon last week, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. | Video

Paul Selva, once one of Trump's top generals, endorses Biden

25 Sep 2020

Retired General Paul Selva, once one of President Donald Trump's most senior military advisers, is joining a large group of former Pentagon leaders to publicly endorse Democratic candidate Joe Biden for the Nov. 3 presidential election, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

How Trump fell out of love with his generals, and why the feeling is mutual

23 Sep 2020

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump picked retired generals for some of his most senior national security posts when he took office and boasts of heavy spending on the U.S. military that he asserts is unmatched in history. 

Special Report: U.S. troops battling racism report high barrier to justice

15 Sep 2020

WASHINGTON By the time he saw a swastika scrawled in the bathroom at Barksdale Air Force base in October 2018, Deven Sherk was already disillusioned with how the Air Force handled racism complaints. The Black airman had filed a complaint alleging discrimination that June when a fellow airman, a white man, hung a noose near him on the base.

After Trump comments, top Army general defends military's leaders

09 Sep 2020

WASHINGTON A day after President Donald Trump accused the U.S. military brass of wanting to fight wars to keep weapons makers happy, the Army's top general said on Tuesday leaders of the armed forces would recommend sending troops into combat only when it is in American national security interests or as a last resort. | Video

Pentagon concerned by China's nuclear ambitions, expects warheads to double

02 Sep 2020

WASHINGTON China is expected to at least double the number of its nuclear warheads over the next decade from the low 200s now and is nearing the ability to launch nuclear strikes by land, air and sea, a capacity known as a triad, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Pentagon concerned by China's nuclear ambitions, expects warheads to double

01 Sep 2020

WASHINGTON China is expected to at least double the number of its nuclear warheads over the next decade from the low 200s now and is nearing the ability to launch nuclear strikes by land, air and sea, a capacity known as a triad, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

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