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Mattis: Iran missile tests do not require increased U.S. forces

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis called Iran “the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world” as the Iranian leaders vowed to continue ballistic missile tests. Speaking in Tokyo on Saturday, Mattis defended the decision to call out Iran’s “misconduct and misbehavior,” according to CNN. But despite the tension surrounding the Iranian missile test

Trump: Mattis Will Get the Last Word on Torture

Cortney O’Brien, Republicans and Democrats alike are worried what President Trump plans to do with our interrogation measures. He has indicated in the past that he would be fine with reintroducing waterboarding – and “a hell of a lot worse,” as commander-in-chief. However, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who suffered for five years as a prisoner of war in

Trump has no immediate plan to end Obama’s DACA for young illegals

President Trump has no immediate plans to use his executive powers to undo the Obama administration’s order that protects some young illegal immigrants known as “dreamers,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus made clear Sunday, in previewing the new administration’s first full week. “I think we’re going to work with the House and Senate

Pentagon recommended against Manning commutation

Outgoing Defense Secretary Ash Carter, as well as top U.S. Army leaders, recommended against President Obama commuting the bulk of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents, a senior defense official told Fox News. The revelation comes as Obama has found himself on the defensive over the decision, with numerous security-minded lawmakers condemning

President Obama Awards Himself Distinguished Public Service Medal

Warner Todd Huston, On Wednesday, President Obama added another prestigious medal to his Nobel Prize collection when he had Defense Secretary Ash Carter award him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Secretary Carter awarded his boss with the medal on January 4 during the Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for the

Five freshmen Congressmen Why we support Mattis for Defense Secretary

Rep. Jack Bergman, Representatives Brian Mast, Mike Gallagher, Jim Banks, Don Bacon. Over the past eight years we have seen America’s standing in the world deteriorate. The Obama administration has refused to name our enemies and backed away from our allies all while threats across the globe multiply. There is no one better equipped to

Trump chooses ‘Band of Brothers’ over ‘Team of Rivals’

Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson By choosing retired Marine General John Kelly to serve as Homeland Security Secretary, President-elect Donald Trump appears to be assembling a ‘Band of Brothers’ rather than a ‘Team of Rivals,’ the model used by President Obama to form his first cabinet. Reached by phone in Canberra, Australia, Kelly told Fox News,

Pentagon reportedly buried study exposing $125 billion in waste #DrainTheSwamp

Senior defense officials suppressed a study documenting $125 billion worth of administrative waste at the Pentagon out of fears that Congress would use its findings to cut the defense budget, the Washington Post reported late Monday. The report, which was issued in January 2015 by the advisory Defense Business Board (DBB), called for a series

What our nation would get with Gen. Mattis as Defense Secretary

Ralph Peters, I’m lucky enough to know General James Mattis slightly. Just well enough to trust him unreservedly with our military and our nation’s security. The president-elect could not choose a better man to be our next Secretary of Defense. Not just because Mattis is a battle-hardened Marine with a remarkable combat record. And not

Trump Considers Two Former Generals for Defense Secretary

Two former generals are in contention for defense secretary in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration: James Mattis and Jack Keane, who served as an informal adviser to Hillary Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani remains the leading contender for secretary of state but Trump is considering others,

Lawmaker Urges Pentagon to Take Action on Child Rape, Insider Attacks in Afghanistan

Morgan Chalfant | Free Beacon Rep. Hunter writes defense secretary after reports Taliban using child sex slaves to mount attacks. A Republican lawmaker is seeking information about the Pentagon’s efforts to discourage Afghan forces from sexually abusing children following a report that the Taliban is using child sex slaves to mount insider attacks against police

Benghazi Committee has made “considerable progress” will issue a final report before summer

The U.S. military acted properly on the night of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, according to leaked testimony from a retired, three-star Army general who served as chief lawyer for Republicans on the House committee investigating the attacks. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman “repeatedly commended the military’s actions on the night of