US Has No Defense Secretary as Global Crises Mount

It’s a difficult time for the Pentagon to be without a permanent secretary of defense. The Trump administration is grappling with an escalating crisis with Iran, a controversial deployment of troops to the Mexican border, the nearly two-decade-old war in Afghanistan and stalled talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

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Warren Proposes Changes to Defense Department’s ‘Revolving Door’

On the same day Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out a new proposal aimed at curbing outsize corporate influence on the federal defense agenda, the 2020 presidential candidate hosted a town hall to promote her platform in Northern Virginia, a region where defense contractors dominate local industry.

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Some US Troop Pullout Planned for Afghanistan, Officials Say

The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration’s policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table after more than 17 years of war.

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