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Past articles by Travis:

Transgender rights groups launch Christmas Eve bid to block Trump policy for military

Opponents of President Trump’s transgender military service policy said they are set to make a Christmas Eve filing with the Supreme Court in an effort to head off the administration. → Read More

House Armed Services chairman says Trump troop drawdowns make ‘America less safe’

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said he was “deeply disturbed” by reports Friday that President Trump is preparing to pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan. → Read More

Senate leaders blindsided by Trump's Syria withdrawal

The U.S. Senate was kept in the dark about President Trump's plans to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria. → Read More

Lindsey Graham calls Syria withdrawal an ‘Obama-like mistake’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., warned President Trump on Wednesday that a U.S. withdrawal from the war in Syria would be an “Obama-like mistake.” → Read More

Trump poised to unveil Space Force plan, says Mike Pence

The Trump administration is set to release its final plan for a new Space Force military service branch within days, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday. → Read More

Trump establishes new military space command

President Trump on Tuesday signed off on the military’s first space combatant command, putting it on par with others such as U.S. Cyber Command, and taking a key step toward his proposed Space Force. → Read More

Trump tweet may sink case against Green Beret who killed Taliban captive

President Trump's tweet announcement that he will review the ongoing case of an Army Green Beret charged with the premeditated murder of a Taliban bombmaker in Afghanistan is an unprecedented move for a commander in chief. → Read More

DOJ worried transgender enlistments could continue into 2020

The Justice Department is worried that without Supreme Court intervention, an ongoing court battle could allow transgender people to continue joining the military well into 2020. → Read More

Pentagon to recoup $331 million for Saudi refueling, Jack Reed says

The Pentagon is seeking to recoup $331 million from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the aerial refueling of warplanes, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said. → Read More

Duckworth, Manchin, Jones get seats on Senate Armed Services

Senate Democrats said Thursday they have decided who will fill the three seats on the Armed Services Committee of senators defeated in the midterm elections. → Read More

Jim Inhofe ditches defense stocks amid questions over trades

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said he will not buy any more defense stocks amid criticism over his financial adviser attempting tens of thousands of dollars in trades a day after the senator brokered a potentially massive defense budget hike. → Read More

Adam Smith lays out his defense budget strategy: ‘We can do it for less money’

One of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ go-to arguments for defense spending is that the U.S. can afford survival. But that argument is about to be tested as Democrats take over the House majority next month. → Read More

Adam Smith: Bipartisan support to block Trump using military to build wall

Rep. Adam Smith said Wednesday that he sees bipartisan support for legislation that could block President Trump from going through with a threat to tap the Pentagon to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. → Read More

Key Senate Republicans open-minded about the military building Trump’s wall

The Republican chairmen of the Senate’s armed services and appropriations committees both said Tuesday they would consider President Trump’s newest suggestion that the Pentagon build his southern border wall. → Read More

How America could lose the next big war

The military brass is often accused of fighting the last war, but a group of retired officials says the U.S. is already flirting with losing the next one. → Read More

Judge presses opponents of Trump transgender ban on ‘who is combat ready’

The legal saga surrounding President Trump’s order to restrict transgender military service took another turn Monday as federal judges lobbed tough questions at opponents in a D.C. courtroom. → Read More

Trump pick for Joint Chiefs chairman warned that a weak Army would mean US paid ‘the butcher's bill in blood’

In the heat of the debate over rebuilding the military two years ago, Army Gen. Mark Milley issued a warning about a dangerous decline to John McCain’s Senate Armed Services Committee and uttered a favorite phrase that summed up his outlook and has reverberated since. → Read More

Rep. Adam Smith says Pentagon border mission ‘must come to an end’

The Trump administration’s decision to keep thousands of troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border through the holidays is irresponsible and one more reason why the mission should be ended, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., said in a statement Friday. → Read More

Air Force wants to put F-35s at hurricane-ravaged Florida base

The Air Force said Friday it is asking Congress for new funding to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida and put advanced F-35 joint strike fighters there. → Read More

Trump to tap Army chief Milley as new Joint Chiefs chairman: report

President Trump is set to nominate Army Gen. Mark Milley to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to The New York Times. → Read More