Tag: United States Defense and Military Forces

Attacks Expose Flaws in Saudi Arabia’s Expensive Military

WASHINGTON — For the past half-century, the United States has trained and supplied the Saudi military, selling the wealthy kingdom more than $150 billion in dazzling high-technology weapons, including fighter jets and air defense systems. And yet, the kingdom could not protect a prized national asset — its oil installations — from a recent attack […]

Read More

House Approves Short-Term Spending Bill That Would Stave Off Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved a short-term spending bill that would stave off a government shutdown until just before Thanksgiving, allowing lawmakers additional time to resolve disputes over annual spending legislation without a funding lapse. The spending bill would extend funding through Nov. 21 not only for all federal government departments and agencies, […]

Read More

Trump’s National Security Officials to Meet on Possible Iran Options

WASHINGTON — Senior national security officials from across the government are scheduled to meet Thursday to refine a list of potential targets to strike in Iran, should President Trump order a military retaliation for missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil fields last weekend, officials said. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Joseph […]

Read More

The End of Saudi Arabia’s Illusion

The missiles that struck last weekend in Saudi Arabia did not just destroy oil tanks. They also dealt the final blow to a doctrine that has been fading for years: the belief that the United States maintains a security umbrella able to protect the oil-rich Persian Gulf states from their enemies — and, especially, from […]

Read More

Trump Says ‘It’s Crazy’ to Spend $13 Million Per Inmate at Guantánamo

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday night that “it’s crazy” that the United States spends about $13 million a year for each terrorism suspect held at the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and added that he would search for alternatives. “I know about that,” Mr. Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as […]

Read More

Pentagon Says It Spent $184,000 in 2 Years at Trump’s Scotland Resort

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has spent at least $184,000 at the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland since 2017, as it sent several dozen crews from flights making a refueling stopover to the resort hotel, the Pentagon said in a letter sent to congressional investigators. The spending figure from the Defense Department came after the […]

Read More

Trump Must Restart the Taliban Talks

KABUL — President Trump calling off the talks with Taliban insurgents on Sept. 7 has, at least for now, quashed hopes of imminent agreement between the United States and the Taliban. The two sides had appeared to be on the brink of a deal that might have paved the way for talks among the insurgents, […]

Read More

The Future of War Is Already Here

It seems like the opening of a techno-thriller novel or (spoiler alert!) a scene from the latest Gerard Butler movie: In the dead of night, a swarm of robotic planes sneaks past a billion-dollar defense system and then takes out one of the world’s most valuable targets in a fiery blast. But it is no […]

Read More

Trump Hits Back After Ally Denounces ‘Weakness’ With Iran

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — President Trump engaged in a long-distance debate over Iran with one of his closest allies on Tuesday as Republicans sought to influence the administration’s response to the attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend. Mr. Trump, who was in California for campaign fund-raising events, lashed out on Twitter […]

Read More

Who Really Attacked Saudi Arabia?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher President Trump is saying that Iran appears to be responsible for the weekend attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. We look at where things are likely to go from here. [For an exclusive look at […]

Read More

Trump Tries to Woo Hispanic Voters at Rally in New Mexico

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — President Trump opened a three-day Western campaign swing by venturing into blue territory on Monday in a bid to flip a Democratic state and demonstrate electoral strength among Hispanic voters despite his anti-immigration policies and messaging. Mr. Trump, at a rally in New Mexico, a border state with the highest Hispanic […]

Read More

Iran Might Be America’s Enemy, but Saudi Arabia Is No Friend

In 1987, an Iraqi warplane attacked an American Navy frigate, the Stark, on patrol in the Persian Gulf. Accepting Saddam Hussein’s explanation that the attack, which killed 37 sailors, had been an accident, American officials promptly used the incident, which came at the height of the Iran-Iraq war, to ratchet up pressure on Tehran. The […]

Read More

The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Holding the Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess as the lone prisoner in Germany’s Spandau Prison in 1985 cost an estimated $1.5 million in today’s dollars. The per-prisoner bill in 2012 at the “supermax” facility in Colorado, home to […]

Read More

Democrats’ Afghan Strategy Sounds Familiar. It’s a Lot Like Trump’s.

For 18 years and four presidential elections, Democrats running for president have felt compelled to lay out comprehensive plans for the future of Afghanistan, vowing to never again let the country become a breeding ground for terrorists who could strike the United States as they did on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, the candidates are racing […]

Read More

The Only Way to End ‘Endless War’

“We have got to put an end to endless war,” declared Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., during the Democratic presidential primary debate on Thursday. It was a surefire applause line: Many people consider “endless war” to be the central problem for American foreign policy. Even President Trump, the target of Mr. Buttigieg’s attack, […]

Read More

When Your Commander in Chief Is Also Providing Your Hotel Room

TURNBERRY, Scotland — The middle-aged golfers had finished their last single-malt whiskeys late one night this July, and the bartenders were closing up. Then a bus pulled up to the Trump Turnberry hotel on Scotland’s west coast with a load of new guests, several staff members said. The doormen, dressed in kilts with long feathers […]

Read More

Stargazing in a War Zone: Veterans on Natural Beauty in Dangerous Places

When my ship pulled into port in Sydney, Australia, on my second deployment, I found a bookstore and bought a star-chart and a guidebook to the Southern Hemisphere. I thought of my high school teacher Mike Pakenham, who told us in an elective astronomy course that we should all witness the beauty of the Southern […]

Read More

My Best Friend Died by Suicide. I Wish I Had Seen the Warning Signs.

Suicide is the No. 1 killer of active-duty airmen in the United States Air Force. In February, the crisis prompted the Air Force to release a memo calling for a culture change within the service. For me and many others, that shift is a personal charge. Six years ago, my best friend, Neil Landsberg, died […]

Read More

Trump Fires John Bolton as National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON — President Trump fired John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, on Tuesday amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Mr. Trump announced the decision on Twitter. “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White […]

Read More