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Recent articles by Dan:

‘I see people panicking’: In a Coast Guard town, hardship and resolve amid the shutdown

Working without pay, service members are worried about feeding their families. → Read More

Pentagon developing plan to scrutinize recruits with green cards and other foreign ties, memos show

The Defense Department wants to scrutinize those with a 'foreign nexus.' → Read More

Coast Guard, working without pay in a government shutdown, sees a surge in West Coast migrant intercepts

The service is part of the U.S. military, but not paid because they are part of the Department of Homeland Security. → Read More

Coast Guard families told they can have garage sales to cope with government shutdown

Coast Guardsmen are working without pay during the shutdown, and thousands of civilians working for the service are furloughed. → Read More

New plans for Afghanistan would have Trump withdrawing fewer troops

“Trust me, he’s heard every single argument on Afghanistan he could hear,” one official said. → Read More

After Trump’s broadside on inspectors general scrutinizing Afghanistan, silence from those under fire

President Trump called it "insane" that reports by the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction are released to the public. → Read More

Experts split on whether Trump must name a new permanent defense secretary

The president has said he may leave Patrick Shanahan in an acting capacity “for a long time.” → Read More

‘Not too good’: Trump rips Mattis’s performance as the Pentagon seeks stability

The barbs highlight challenges for new acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. → Read More

‘Hold fast’: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis departs with a new message, but no fanfare

'Secretary Mattis prefers that today, like every day, the focus remain on the mission and those who carry it out,' a spokeswoman said. → Read More

Mattis departs as defense secretary as the Pentagon faces period of uncertainty

The outgoing Pentagon chief resigned Dec. 20 after a series of disagreements with President Trump. → Read More

Trial date set for retired Army general charged in Virginia rape case

James J. Grazioplene was prosecuted by the Army until a court ruling prompted charges to be dismissed in a military court. → Read More

‘This is a crisis’: Pay for Coast Guardsmen uncertain amid government shutdown

The political impasse in Washington is creating fears of financial ruin in the military service. → Read More

Military walks a fine line in discussing Afghanistan after Trump orders withdrawal plans

More than 14,000 U.S. troops are deployed there. → Read More

Patrick Shanahan, Trump’s pick for acting defense secretary, steps into spotlight after Mattis’s ouster

The former Boeing executive has no military experience, no previous government experience and little experience with foreign policy. → Read More

Trump’s focus on an Army murder case highlights a divided nation still at war

A tweet about former Special Forces soldier Matt Golsteyn reopened a debate about what it means to be a war hero. → Read More

Smaller military presence in Afghanistan will likely focus on Trump’s favored Pentagon mission: Counterterrorism

Troop reduction is expected to drastically reduce Pentagon efforts to assist and support Afghan forces. → Read More

Trump orders major military withdrawal from Afghanistan as Mattis departs

The timeline is unclear, and some of Trump’s advisers are trying to talk him out of it. → Read More

Trump says he’ll review case of Matt Golsteyn, a Special Forces veteran who faces murder charge

Army veteran killed a suspected Taliban bombmaker in 2010 and was charged by the Army last week. → Read More

A soldier rose to become a general. His daughter says he abused her for years.

After a years-long Army investigation, James J. Grazioplene faces rape charges in Virginia. → Read More

Former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus selected to join Navy with backing from Mattis

Priebus wrote that he was inspired after meeting the family of a Navy SEAL who died in action. → Read More