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In The NewsBorder deployment puts Mattis and the military in political crosshairs
The White House’s decision to send more than 5,200 active-duty troops to the border with Mexico a week before the midterm elections has put the American military and Defense S...
By Dr. Jason Dempsey
Amid government shutdown, the military becomes major front in political battle
The U.S. military faced a variety of consequences as a result of a federal government shutdown Saturday, with U.S. troops working at least temporarily without pay, thousands o...
By Susanna V. Blume
Despite Trump’s threats to North Korea, the U.S. military doesn’t appear to be on a new wartime footing
The U.S. military does not appear to be moving toward a wartime footing with North Korea despite President Trump’s repeated threats this week of military action against Pyongy...
By Patrick M. Cronin
‘What’s your end game?’ Trump delegating Afghan war decisions to the Pentagon faces scrutiny
President Trump’s decision to delegate authority to the Pentagon to set troop levels in Afghanistan has raised concerns that a few thousand additional troops expected to deplo...
By Dr. Jason Dempsey
‘You have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out’: Trump targets the Navy’s new aircraft catapult
President Trump set his sights on the Navy in a new interview, calling the service’s new electromagnetic catapult to launch planes off aircraft carriers “no good” and saying t...
By Jerry Hendrix
‘Horrible’ pictures of suffering moved Trump to action on Syria
When President Trump began receiving his intelligence briefings in January, his team made a request: The president, they said, was a visual and auditory learner. Would the bri...
By Richard Fontaine
These were the top military stories on Checkpoint in 2016
A report published in February by the Center for a New American Security drew attention after claiming that the Navy’s carrier force was at an inflection point, primarily soun...
By Kelley Sayler
Army veteran Vincent Viola, billionaire owner of the Florida Panthers, named Trump’s Army secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has nominated as his Army secretary Vincent Viola, an Army veteran who became a billionaire after founding an electronic trading firm and went on ...
By Phillip Carter
Mattis isn’t just a popular general anymore. He’s an icon faced with running the entire Pentagon.
Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Gitto was less than two weeks removed from his 20th birthday when a Taliban sniper hit him two times at a checkpoint in Marja, Afghanistan, in April 2...
By Loren DeJonge Schulman
To keep promises to veterans, Trump taps Koch-backed group
President-elect Trump is leaning on a once-obscure group backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch as he seeks to make good on a campaign promise to overhaul ...
By Phillip Carter
In rare move, the Navy sends two aircraft carriers near the Philippines
In The Washington Post, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson discusses the dual-carrier operations recently conducted in the Philippine Sea....
Why drone swarms will buzz to the forefront in the new Pentagon budget
In The Washington Post, Senior Fellow Paul Scharre weighs in on the importance of drone swarms in the U.S. military....
By Paul Scharre
Space warfare with Russia and China? Pentagon urged to prepare for it.
The Washington Post covers the release of Senior Fellow Elbridge Colby's report on Pentagon vulnerabilities in space....
By Elbridge Colby
Gen. James Mattis on Iraq: ‘You just don’t take anything off the table up front’
The Washington Post notes that CNAS Deputy Director of Studies Dr. Dafna Rand testified before the House Select Intelligence Committee with Gen. James Mattis and Amb. Ryan Cro...
By Dafna Rand
Don’t look now, but the plan for massive drones on aircraft carriers is coming
The Washington Post quotes Executive Vice President and Director of Studies Shawn Brimley and Bryan McGrath on how new drone aircraft technology serves as an impetus for impro...
By Shawn Brimley
Army on hunt for new weapons, just as U.S. war in Afghanistan winds down
The Washington Post cites Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Responsible Defense Program LTG David Barno, USA (Ret.) in an article discussing the U.S. military's continuing ...
By David W. Barno & USA (Ret.)