Photo of Army Secretary Mark Esper

Pentagon Nominee Regrets Turkey’s ‘Drift’ From West

WASHINGTON — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It i...
Photo of Secretary of the Army Mark Esper

Pentagon Without a Chief as US Faces Numerous Global Threats

WASHINGTON — It's a difficult time for the Pentagon to be without a permanent U.S. defense secretary. "With everything going on in Iran and all the provocations and counteractions, and to have no Secretary of Defense at this time is appalling. It shows the ...
Photo of President Donald Trump

US Beefing up Forces in Middle East to Counter Iran

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks ...
Photo of Mike Pompeo and Patrick Shanahan

Pentagon Proposing Troop Buildup in Mideast, Sources Say

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has b...
Photo of U.S. Marines standing guard

Officials: Pentagon Planning Troop Pullout From Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — 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...