Tag: Defense Department

Trump Approves Modest Increase of About 1,500 Troops in the Middle East

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he would deploy about 1,500 additional American troops to the Middle East, “a relatively small number” to provide protection for American service members already there. “We want to have protection,” Mr. Trump said to reporters as he left the White House to travel to Japan for a […]

Read More

Trump Considering Sending More Troops to Middle East to Protect U.S. Forces There

WASHINGTON — President Trump is considering deploying additional troops to the Middle East to provide protection for American military personnel already there, the acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, said Thursday. Mr. Shanahan did not specify how many troops were under consideration. Mr. Shanahan and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs […]

Read More

The Tension Between America and Iran, Explained

American officials have suddenly raised the stakes in the long-simmering tensions between the United States and Iran, pointing to new intelligence that they say suggests an imminent threat to American interests in the Middle East. The potential for armed conflict between the two countries has loomed since the Islamic Revolution and takeover of the American […]

Read More

Trump Tells Pentagon Chief He Does Not Want War With Iran

WASHINGTON — President Trump has told his acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran, according to several administration officials, in a message to his hawkish aides that an intensifying American pressure campaign against the clerical-led government in Tehran must not escalate into open conflict. Mr. Trump’s […]

Read More

Editorial Observer: The Nuclear Weapons Sisterhood

In the mid-1990s, Laura Holgate, then a senior Defense Department official, was in Moscow leading a delegation to discuss ways the United States could help the Russians secure plutonium from dismantled nuclear weapons. After a male Russian official gave a confusing explanation about the Kremlin’s storage plans, she sought clarification. The Russian, his voice dripping […]

Read More

Pentagon Builds Deterrent Force Against Possible Iranian Attack

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will deploy a Patriot antimissile battery to the Middle East to shore up defenses against Iranian threats, part of a series of carefully calibrated deployments intended to deter attacks by Iranian forces or their proxies, Pentagon officials said on Friday. A single Patriot antimissile battery will return to the Persian Gulf, […]

Read More

Chelsea Manning Is Released From Jail, but She May Return Soon

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who provided secret military documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, was released from jail Thursday after being held for two months for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the online leak-publishing organization. Ms. Manning’s release came on the day that the term of the grand jury that […]

Read More

Trump to Nominate Patrick Shanahan as Pentagon Chief

WASHINGTON — President Trump will nominate Patrick Shanahan as his second defense secretary, trying to cement the acting Pentagon chief against expected challenges from lawmakers and Defense Department officials skeptical of him, White House officials said on Thursday. The announcement, in a tweet from Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, followed a monthlong […]

Read More

Pentagon Has Redirected Money to Build 256 Miles of Border Barriers, Shanahan Says

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has redirected enough money to build 256 miles of barriers along the southwestern border, including 63 miles within six months, the acting defense secretary told lawmakers on Wednesday. The remarks by the secretary, Patrick M. Shanahan, were a major step in President Trump’s effort to build his border wall without congressional […]

Read More

Citing Iranian Threat, U.S. Sends Carrier Group and Bombers to Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON — The White House announced on Sunday that the United States was sending an aircraft carrier strike group and Air Force bombers to the Middle East because of “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” related to Iran. The deployment was intended “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any […]

Read More

Trump Dials Up the Pressure on Iran

President Trump has made no secret of his desire to isolate and impoverish Iran. After withdrawing last year from the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and five other nations, Mr. Trump launched his campaign of “maximum pressure” designed to change Iran’s behavior — and perhaps its leadership. Mr. Trump dialed up the heat […]

Read More

U.S. Airstrikes and Raids Killed 120 Civilians in 2018, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON — The American military killed 120 civilians in strikes, raids and firefights across two continents in 2018, the Pentagon said Thursday — a far lower number than what watchdog groups previously have reported. The Defense Department’s annual report to Congress said 42 civilians were killed in Iraq and Syria during military operations against the […]

Read More

News Analysis: With Maduro Still in Power, Questions About the U.S. Role in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — Nobody said regime change was going to be easy. President Trump’s top advisers woke up Tuesday believing that a rebellion in the Venezuelan military that day would galvanize a popular uprising and topple a leader they have described as a reviled despot who must be replaced. But at day’s end, President Nicolás Maduro […]

Read More

For U.S. Commandos in the Philippines, a Water Pump Is a New Weapon Against ISIS

PADAS, Philippines — While neither guided bomb nor armored vehicle, a gray oblong water pump sticking out from the brush along a remote dirt road is intended to be just as clear a sign of the United States’ efforts to stop the spread of the Islamic State. It has taken two months, an American Special […]

Read More

Guantánamo Bay as Nursing Home: Military Envisions Hospice Care as Terrorism Suspects Age

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Nobody has a dementia diagnosis yet, but the first hip and knee replacements are on the horizon. So are wheelchair ramps, sleep apnea breathing masks, grab bars on cell walls and, perhaps, dialysis. Hospice care is on the […]

Read More

Julian Assange and the Woeful State of Whistle-Blowers

To the journalism mainstream, Julian Assange, newly imprisoned founder of WikiLeaks, is less a hero than a conundrum. True, he was midwife to some of the most sensational and genuinely consequential journalistic disclosures of recent years. Yet he’s a perplexing figure, among the “righteous scumbags” who often figure in free-speech cases, as a headline on […]

Read More

‘I Cry Every Day’: Families of Soldiers Killed in Niger in 2017 Are Still Waiting for Answers

SANTA CLAUS, Ga. — Arnold Wright figures he has been to at least 20 ceremonies to honor his son, a soldier who was killed in Niger 18 months ago. The funeral at the high school football stadium. A stop on the rostrum of the Georgia House of Representatives. A memorial at Fort Bragg, N.C. But […]

Read More

E.P.A. Proposes Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water

WASHINGTON — After pressure from the Defense Department, the Environmental Protection Agency significantly weakened a proposed standard for cleaning up groundwater pollution caused by toxic chemicals that contaminate drinking water consumed by millions of Americans and that have been commonly used at military bases. Standards released by the agency on Thursday eliminated entirely a section […]

Read More

Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan Is Cleared in Ethics Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s inspector general has removed a big hurdle to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan’s path to make his job permanent, clearing him of allegations that he promoted his former employer, Boeing, and disparaged its competitors for military contracts, a United States official said. An investigation that examined complaints by a watchdog […]

Read More

The U.S. Military: Like the French at Agincourt?

Early on a Sunday morning in 1932, a fleet of some 150 fighters, dive-bombers and torpedo planes struck the naval base at Pearl Harbor. The ships lying at anchor on Battleship Row sustained direct hits. Also hit were the base’s fuel storage tanks and the Army Air Corps planes parked nearby at Hickam Field. The […]

Read More