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Mattis: Military already moving equipment to southern border

The U.S. military has already begun delivering jersey barriers to the southern border in conjunction with plans to deploy active duty troops there, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said as …


U.S. Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul

Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in …


Pentagon redoing space defenses, but will Trump demand more?

President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the …


Mattis warns China over ‘militarization’ of South China Sea

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday raised the prospect of additional American steps against China if its “militarization” of the South China Sea keeps apace. He said Beijing was …


Mattis says U.S. competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. …


Mattis: ‘Storm clouds gathering’ over Korean Peninsula

“Storm clouds are gathering” over the Korean Peninsula, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declared Friday. And as diplomats try to resolve the nuclear standoff, he told soldiers that the U.S. military …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 9:22 p.m.

Pentagon chief accuses North Korea of threatening ‘catastrophe’

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused North Korea on Friday of building a nuclear arsenal to “threaten others with catastrophe” and said the Trump administration remains committed to compelling the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

Defense chief says U.S. should stay in nuclear deal with Iran

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the United States should remain in the nuclear deal negotiated during the Obama administration that constrains Iran’s ability to build a nuclear arsenal.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

Trump tells Mattis to indefinitely ban transgender recruits

The Pentagon expects to renew a ban on transgender individuals joining the military and to consider circumstances in which some currently serving transgender troops could remain in uniform, officials said …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 2:51 p.m.

Trump studying options for new approach to Afghan war

President Donald Trump huddled with his top national security aides in the seclusion of Camp David on Friday, trying to formulate a winning Afghanistan strategy after 16 frustrating years of …


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 1:42 p.m.

Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order

Unmoved by President Donald Trump’s proclamation-by-Twitter, top Pentagon leaders declared on Thursday they’ll allow transgender troops to remain in uniform until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives an authoritative directive to …


Trump hands to Pentagon decisions on troop levels in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump’s decision to allow his Pentagon chief to set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan won’t mean an immediate infusion of troops but should improve management of the war …


Pentagon under fire for delays in new Afghanistan war plan

Senators sharply criticized Pentagon leaders Tuesday for not completing a new strategy for the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis acknowledged that “the enemy is surging right …


Froma Harrop: President prompts others to apologize for him

But President Trump has launched his own brand of apology tour. The big difference is that Obama was apologizing for our country. Now the country is apologizing for Trump.


Pentagon chief says North Korea’s nuclear pursuits a ‘danger’

North Korea is accelerating its push to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States and other nations, and the U.S. regards this as a “clear and present …


U.S. defense secretary calls North Korea a ‘clear and present danger’ to world

North Korea is accelerating its push to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States and other nations, and the U.S. regards this as a “clear and present …


Alarm grows in Washington as Saudi coalition attack on Yemen port appears imminent

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers urged Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday to reconsider his support for a seemingly imminent assault by a Saudi-led coalition on the crucial Yemeni …


UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Pentagon chief visits African nation home to key U.S. base

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, …


Pentagon chief Jim Mattis arrives in Middle East to talk Islamic State, Syria

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrived here Tuesday on the first stop of a week-long tour through the Middle East and Northern Africa. The visit marks the first time he …


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

U.S. Defense Chief Mattis says North Korea has ‘got to be stopped’

North Korea must be stopped on its path toward being able to threaten the United States with nuclear attack, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday in a stark expression …


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 11:39 a.m.

U.S. military likely to send as many as 1,000 more ground troops into Syria, officials say

The U.S. military has drawn up early plans that would deploy up to 1,000 more troops into northern Syria in the coming weeks, expanding the American presence in the country …


US Defense chief Mattis reassures Japan, South Korea

TOKYO – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday reassured two key U.S. treaty allies, South Korea and Japan, that President Donald Trump, who has raised doubts about the value …