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What a Candid Pentagon Papers Memo Revealed About Washington

This article is part of a special report on the 50th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers. One night during the legal battle over the Pentagon…

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Pentagon Seeks Aircraft Carrier for Afghanistan Withdrawal

General McKenzie’s request, military officials said, asks for 24-hour support from a carrier, with its attendant fighter squadrons, and is being viewed as a specific…

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Why Is It So Tough to Leave Afghanistan?

As his two predecessors did, President Biden has pledged to end the war in Afghanistan. But also as his two predecessors did, he could end…

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Promotions for Female Generals Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump’s Reaction

WASHINGTON — Last fall, the Pentagon’s most senior leaders agreed that two top generals should be promoted to elite, four-star commands. For then-Defense Secretary Mark…

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Rare Pentagon Mission: Armed Troops in Capital

Foreign interference that may be masked as domestic unrest is another point of concern. If the protesters cannot get near the inaugural events, Department of…

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Military Chiefs Remind Troops of Their Oath After Fallout From Assault on Capitol

Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, asked the acting secretary of defense, Christopher C. Miller, this week for the military’s…

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Pelosi Pressed Pentagon on Safeguards to Prevent Trump From Ordering Military Action

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California on Friday took the unprecedented step of asking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about “available precautions” to…

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‘Is Austin on Your List?’: Biden’s Pentagon Pick Rose Despite Barriers to Diversity

WASHINGTON — Retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, who is on the brink of becoming the first Black man to be secretary of defense, rose…

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Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s abrupt installation of a group of hard-line loyalists into senior jobs at the Pentagon has elevated officials who have pushed for…

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Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments. Oct. 16, 2020 Kathleen Kingsbury, acting…

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