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Friday, February 10, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with President Trump Friday. Their two countries have a long military alliance. But the presence of U.S. troops on the Japanese island of Okinawa is controversial.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
President Trump inherited 41 "law of war" captives in Guantanamo, well below the 242 there when Barack Obama took office. A visit to the prison camps finds them ready for more occupants.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The military commissions for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay have resumed. Former President Obama failed to close the prison. But President Trump has vowed to keep it open and send new detainees.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
American B-2 stealth bombers destroyed a nest of ISIS military camps in Libya late Wednesday, the Pentagon said. It's the latest in a long series of American airstrikes designed to set back the progress of the terror group's efforts to spread from its home base in Iraq and Syria. Libya has been in chaos since U.S. and European militaries helped depose its onetime ruler without replacing him with a viable new government.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
President Obama is the first president to serve eight years with the U.S. at war nonstop, from beginning to end. Donald Trump now inherits ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
President-elect Trump will inherit ongoing conflicts with no end in sight when he takes the oath of office — a brutal fight against the Islamic State and a never-ending stalemate in Afghanistan.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become President-elect Trump's director of the CIA. Pompeo is expected to face questioning about the role Russia played in meddling in the U.S. presidential election, the war against ISIS and other challenges. He is expected to be confirmed.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
In the debate over Russian hacking, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been praised by President-elect Donald Trump despite his controversial past.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
In the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS, the Qayyarah Airfield West is a key staging base run by Iraqi and U.S. forces. Ash Carter visited there Dec. 11 and awarded medals to eight Iraqi soldiers.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Baghdad on Sunday to discuss the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS. On Monday, he's in Israel, which becomes the first U.S. ally to receive the F-35 fighter.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is visiting Japan at a time when Tokyo is worried about its longstanding treaty with the U.S. and how President-elect Trump will deal with China.
Friday, December 02, 2016
Gen. James Mattis broke ranks with the Obama administration and left his post in charge of U.S. Central Command over his fixation on Iran as a threat to the U.S. Mattis is known as an independent thinker in the military. His past statements put him at odds with some of Donald Trump's views as well.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
New rules let a federal court approve government searches of devices outside the court's district. The Justice Department wanted the change to keep up with technology. Opponents consider it scary.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Only a few copies exist of the infamous CIA torture report, and the Senate committee that created them has called for the agencies that received them to return them. Activists and journalists are hoping to keep those copies at least extant, so they might one day be declassified and released. They fear that if all the copies are returned, they will be destroyed and the information lost forever.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a registered Democrat fired by President Obama as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been chosen by Donald Trump to be his national security adviser. Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo, who clashed with Hillary Clinton over the Benghazi attacks, is Trump's pick for CIA director. NPR looks at the men chosen for these key national security posts.
Monday, November 14, 2016
President Obama promised to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo. President-elect Trump has said he'll keep it open, though only 60 prisoners are there today.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Longstanding nonproliferation deals between the two countries are fraying. Bickering over nuclear issues has increased markedly in recent months, with each side accusing the other of cheating.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
The presidential campaign has gone nuclear. A hacked recording of a Hillary Clinton fundraiser reveals her questioning a program putting nuclear warheads on cruise missiles. A question about the nuclear triad seemed to stump Donald Trump. And a very expensive nuclear stockpile modernization plan awaits whoever wins in November.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The vote to override Obama's veto of a Sept. 11 lawsuit bill pits lawmakers from both parties against Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, the Senate has cleared the way for arms sales to the kingdom.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
NPR's David Welna was recently hacked by a pro-Kremlin website when he applied for press credentials in Ukraine. He's hardly alone. But it's an issue the U.S. government is reluctant to discuss.