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Pentagon Order to Plan for Escalation in Iraq Meets Warning From Top Commander

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has ordered military commanders to plan for an escalation of American combat in Iraq, issuing a directive last week to prepare...
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Pentagon Takes Restrained Role in Coronavirus Response, Despite Calls for Help

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WASHINGTON — For more than 18 years, the United States military has been defined by Washington’s wars overseas, with hundreds of thousands of troops rotating...
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Trump Aides Clash Over Response to Iranian-Backed Attacks in Iraq

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WASHINGTON — President Trump was getting ready to declare the coronavirus a “national emergency,” but inside the White House last Thursday, a tense debate erupted...
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Trump Finally Enlists Much of Government in Coronavirus Attack

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WASHINGTON — The mayor of Seattle wanted “mass tents” from the federal government to rapidly build shelters to house people in quarantine. The state of...
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Pentagon Asks to Reconsider Awarding Huge Cloud Contract to Amazon

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Defense Department said on Thursday that it would re-evaluate the awarding of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft after...
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A War Without Winners Winds Down

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The deal the Trump administration signed with the Taliban on Saturday is a ticket out of Afghanistan for American troops who’ve been there far too...
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After 18 Years, Is This Afghan Peace, or Just a Way Out?

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President Trump has left no doubt that his first priority in Afghanistan is a peace treaty that would enable him to claim that he is...