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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

Bolton sidelined from Afghanistan policy as his standing with Trump falters

As the president’s top aides prepared for a high-stakes meeting on the future of Afghanistan earlier this month, one senior official was not on the original invite list: national security …


UPDATED: Sat., July 6, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Mystery of NSA leak lingers as stolen document case wraps up

A high-profile raid at the home of a National Security Agency contractor seemed to be linked to the devastating leak of U.S. government hacking tools, but three years later, with …


Lawmakers say doctored videos pose national security threat

Lawmakers and experts said Thursday that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

US officials warn of climate risk as Trump dismisses it

Senior U.S. officials warned Congress on Wednesday about the threat to national security from melting ice in the Arctic as Russia and other adversaries take advantage of the increasing possibilities …


Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for wall

Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan identified all of the projects that could possibly be affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to use emergency authorities to take up to $3.6 billion …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Pompeo vows to confront Russia, dodges Mueller questions

Aiming to quell concerns before what is likely to be a narrow confirmation vote, Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo vowed on Thursday to ramp up efforts against Russia in “each …


Central tenets of Trump’s new national security strategy

President Donald Trump’s new national security strategy seeks to refocus the United States’ relationship with the rest of the world, transforming his “America First” mantra into a set of policies …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Under Trump, climate change not a national security threat

President Donald Trump removed climate change from the list of worldwide threats menacing the United States on Monday, a shift that underscores the long-term ramifications of the “America first” world …


Trump to release national security strategy next week

President Donald Trump is set to unveil his first National Security Strategy next Monday.


Top intelligence official on National Security Council is out

Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the 31-year-old hired by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to serve as the senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, was fired on Wednesday afternoon, …


Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit, White House officials say

President Donald Trump will hold a high stakes meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he attends the G-20 summit in Germany next week, the White House said Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

DHS officials announce enhanced security measures for all flights to the U.S.

U.S. officials on Wednesday announced enhanced security and screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States, but backed away from a proposal to expand a ban on laptops …


Officials finalizing details of Trump’s revived travel ban

Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security labored Wednesday to finalize rules for visitors from six mostly Muslim nations who hope to avoid the Trump administration’s …


Experts encourage more public awareness of Russian meddling

The United States will get hit again by Russian cyberattacks if the country doesn’t pay closer attention and work more closely with European allies who are also victims, international elections …


Democrats worry GOP trying to bury torture report

Democratic lawmakers and rights groups criticized the Republican head of the Senate intelligence committee on Friday for seeking the return of copies of a report on CIA treatment of detainees …


Flynn sought personal control over CIA reporting, former director says

Days after Donald Trump’s stunning election victory, Michael Flynn phoned former CIA Director James Woolsey about taking another stint as head of the spy agency in the new administration, but …


Trump says he didn’t mention Israel in meeting with Russians

President Donald Trump on Monday defended himself against allegations he divulged classified information in a recent meeting with Russian diplomats, saying alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he never …


Hacking group that leaked NSA’s secrets says it has data on foreign nuclear programs

The hacking group that helped enable last week’s global ransomware attack is threatening to make public even more computer vulnerabilities in the coming weeks – including “compromised network data” pertaining …


Lawmakers to Trump: Turn over transcript of meeting with Russians

A growing number of Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to hand over the transcript of the White House meeting last week in which he revealed …


UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 4:32 p.m.

Trump talk with Russians ‘wholly appropriate,’ adviser says

The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as “wholly appropriate,” as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans …


Analysis: Trump’s sharing of intelligence could damage U.S. alliances

For months, U.S. allies have anxiously wondered if President Donald Trump could be trusted with some of the world’s most sensitive national security secrets.


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 3:06 p.m.

Former Trump aide Michael Flynn may have broken law, lawmakers say

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to break U.S. law when he failed to seek permission or inform the government about accepting tens of thousands of …


Sibanye gets U.S. security nod to buy Stillwater mines

The U.S. cleared the sale of the country’s sole provider of platinum and palladium to a miner whose biggest investor is Chinese, providing the first indication that the Trump administration’s …


Democrats ask FBI to suspend Kushner’s security clearance

A group of House Democrats is asking the FBI to suspend White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance.


Special tax for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits being considered by Florida county

Commissioners in a Florida county are so tired of spending money on President Donald Trump’s frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort that some are suggesting a special tax be levied …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:39 p.m.

Analysis: The biggest question about attacking Assad is: What comes next?

For President Donald Trump, choosing targets and launching cruise missiles to punish the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons this week may have been a relatively clear-cut decision. The big …


Trump administration inviting more than 60 countries for strategy session on countering ISIS

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has invited more than 60 nations and international organizations to Washington later this month for a strategy session on how to counter the Islamic State …


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

WikiLeaks reveals CIA trove alleging wide-scale hacking

WikiLeaks published thousands of documents Tuesday described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the government employs to break into users’ computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

Dan Coats, nominee to be top intelligence official, says Russia tried to meddle in election

Dan Coats expressed concerns Tuesday about Russia’s “assertiveness in global affairs” at his confirmation hearing to be the nation’s top intelligence official, saying that the U.S. must address Moscow’s aggressiveness …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Trump taps Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser.