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Patrick Shanahan withdraws from consideration as defense secretaryPatrick Shanahan is withdrawing from consideration to be the defense secretary amid reports of domestic incidents. In 2010, Shanahan and his ex-wife each claimed to have been punched by the other...
Lawmakers question why they weren't told of Shanahan's family turmoilPresident Trump is looking again for a permanent secretary of defense. Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan abruptly withdrew his nomination Tuesday after domestic violence incidents from several years..
The US Military Is Hell-Bent On Trying To Overpower China – OpEdOn April 1, Admiral Philip Davidson—the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command—told the U.S. Congress that he would like $20 billion to create a robust military cordon that runs from California to..
Quiet Giant: The TITAN Cloud And The Future Of DOD Artificial Intelligence – AnalysisBy Maj William Giannetti, USAFR* The DOD’s new artificial intelligence (AI) strategy is a treasure trove of ideas.1 Unveiled during a February 2019 press conference, it is (to put it mildly) an..
The 2019-2020 Iran Crisis And US Military Deployments – AnalysisBy Kathleen J. McInnis* The January 2, 2020, U.S. drone strike against Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, the subsequent Iranian counter-strike on bases hosting U.S. personnel in Iraq, and..
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The Air Force Is Reviewing International Layover Guidelines For CrewsWatch VideoThe U.S. Air Force is reviewing how it books accommodations for crews during international layovers. The order from the military branch's leadership came after reports said an Air..
Pentagon Approves 20 More Miles Of Barrier Along Southern BorderWatch VideoThe Pentagon has approved an additional 20 miles of barrier along the southern border, to be paid for by reprogrammed funds. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper signed off on the..
Stress In Indo-US Engagement? – AnalysisWith ever-expanding engagement, India and the United States develop their foreign policies, distinguishing priorities from irritants. By Harsh V Pant and Paras Ratna As the Modi-led National..
Preeminence Or Partnership? The United States In The Indo-Pacific – AnalysisThe release of the Indo-Pacific Strategy Report by the U.S. Department of Defense last month has given further shape to the United States’ vision for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. The document..
Mark Esper sworn in as defense secretaryThe Senate voted to confirm President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Defense, Mark Esper. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 90-8 to confirm him. Esper, who had been serving as Army secretary, is..
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The Idea Of Indo-Pacific: ASEAN Steps In – AnalysisThe ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) is an initial step towards formally incorporating ASEAN Centrality in the evolving Indo-Pacific concept. The AOIP has been much anticipated as different..
Defense Secretary nominee Esper grilled over contractor ties in heated confirmation hearingMark Esper, who took over the role of Acting Secretary of Defense after former Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down in June, faced tense moments in front of the Senate Armed Services..
Making ASEAN’s Case In The Indo-Pacific – AnalysisAlmost two years after President Donald Trump outlined the United States’ vision for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific in the APEC CEO Summit in Danang, and three weeks after the U.S. Defense Department..
Trump officially nominates Mark Esper as next defense secretaryMark Esper has been acting secretary since Patrick Shanahan resigned in June after USA TODAY and others revealed his turbulent divorce and family life.
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Pentagon to get unprecedented 3rd acting chief this year.WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of delay, President Donald Trump is expected today to nominate a successor to Jim Mattis as secretary of defense. It will be Mark Esper, who has been serving as acting..
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Maritime Order And America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy – AnalysisBy Dr. Patrick M. Cronin* **America as a Seapower** The United States is a “seapower” in all senses of the word. Its history, prosperity, and security are inseparable from the oceans. Even..
US, Chinese defence chiefs discuss sanctions enforcement on N KoreaPatrick Shanahan, the acting US Defence Secretary, and Wei Fenghe, the Chinese Defence Minister, discussed ways to better enforce UN sanctions on North Korea during a "constructive and productive"
'Approved US carrier strike group, bomber strike force to Middle East due to Iran's credible threat': Patrick Shanahan[USA], May 7 (ANI): The United States approved a carrier strike group and a bomber strike force to the Middle East due to "indications of a credible threat" by Iran, said acting Defence Secretary
Nowhere Near Shangri-La: Southeast Asia In The US-China Rivalry – OpEdAt the last 18th Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong gave a prescient analysis of where his country and, in large part, the rest of Southeast Asia stand in the..
Shanahan did not disclose domestic fight before his 2017 confirmation as deputy Defense secretaryActing Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan told lawmakers he was "aware of no incidents reflecting adversely" on his ability to take a top military job.
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WH: Trump Plans to Nominate Mark Esper Pentagon ChiefPresident Donald Trump said on Friday he intends to nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper to be secretary of defense, the White House said in a statement.Esper takes over as acting defense secretary on..
Trump nominates Patrick Shanahan for Defence Secretary[USA], May 10 (ANI): US President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan to the post of Defence Secretary, which fell vacant after James Mattis had resigned
Pentagon is without a chief as US faces many global threatsAmid all that, and more, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down this week and the man tapped to replace him on an interim basis appears to face legal hurdles that could initially..
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Patrick Shanahan deserved to lose the job he wanted, but his children deserved much betterThe aspiring Defense secretary cost his children their privacy and forced them to relive their trauma. He chose his ambitions over protecting them.
Southeast Asian Countries Are Already Being Forced to Choose Between China And The US – AnalysisAs the US-China contest for regional dominance intensifies, officials and analysts alike have warned that Southeast Asian countries might eventually have to choose between the two. For some, that day..
US Confirms Iran Shot Down An American Military DroneWatch VideoIranian and U.S. officials both confirmed Thursday that Iranian forces shot down an unmanned U.S. military drone. In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Lieutenant Gen. Joseph..
Senate Votes To Block Trump's Sale Of Arms To Saudi ArabiaThe United States Senate voted to block the Trump administration from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, according to Axios. The resolution passed 53-45, creating a new challenge to President..
Turkey says US ultimatum over Russian S-400 'not in spirit of alliance'Ankara (AFP) June 18, 2019 Turkey accused the United States on Tuesday of not acting as an ally, in its official response to Washington's ultimatum to Ankara to abandon a deal to buy a Russian..
Why Trump's White House Seems To Be Having So Much Trouble With The Vetting ProcessNPR's Ari speaks with David Gergen, a former adviser to four presidents, who is currently with CNN and Harvard Kennedy School, about the vetting process for acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
Patrick Shanahan’s turbulent six monthsActing Defense Secretary presided over the final defeat of ISIS, a crises with Iran aand Turkey and creation of a new ‘Space force’.
Mark Esper Named New Acting Defense Secretary As Shanahan QuitsUS President Donald Trump named Mark Esper to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense after incumbent Patrick M. Shanahan informed him of his intention to resign from the top defense post. Esper, 56,..