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Recent articles by Dan:

In Trump’s ‘Salute to America,’ the promoter in chief makes a recruiting pitch for the military

The president avoided partisan attacks, and the Pentagon showed off its aircraft. → Read More

Trump’s July 4 celebration will cost millions — and it will take a while to know how much

Pentagon plans to use creative accounting to handle the military portion of the event. → Read More

Pentagon grapples with how to move tanks from a Washington rail yard to the National Mall

Flatbed trucks rolled up to the tanks on Tuesday afternoon, seemingly preparing to move the armored vehicles. → Read More

‘I had to react’: The Army’s David Bellavia becomes first living Medal of Honor recipient from the Iraq War

Bellavia is credited with saving the lives of several fellow soldiers in intense urban fighting. → Read More

The U.S. outguns Iran, but it faces painful realities in the event of a war

Despite inferior weapons, Iranian forces can still inflict harm. → Read More

Navy SEAL convicted in death of Green Beret soldier investigated for contact with victim’s widow at party

Navy SEAL Adam Matthews received a one-year prison sentence in the death of Special Forces soldier Logan Melgar. → Read More

Trump says he will ‘most likely’ nominate his Army secretary to run the Pentagon

Mark Esper has been tapped to serve as acting Pentagon chief after Patrick Shanahan's surprise resignation. → Read More

Book review of Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon by Ash Carter

Ash Carter airs his thoughts on women in combat, the media, Susan Rice and Hamid Karzai. → Read More

Pentagon chief declines to discipline additional officers in deadly Niger attack

Families of soldiers killed in the battle question why the military hasn't handled the case differently. → Read More

Troops charged in Green Beret’s death in Mali planned to record him being sexually assaulted, Marine says

The U.S. service members who were charged were joined in the room by a Malian security guard and a British man who had befriended the Americans, said a Marine who is expected to plead guilty. → Read More

Leaked Navy emails show top officers struggling with how to handle a former governor ensnared in scandal

The case of Eric Greitens “excited a persistent frustration of mine,” Adm. John Richardson said. → Read More

McCain warship incident raises questions about a changing military culture under Trump

The president reiterated his dislike of the late senator but denied ordering steps to keep his namesake ship out of sight in Japan. → Read More

White House wanted USS John S. McCain obscured during Trump’s Japan visit

The destroyer was covered with a tarp on request from White House officials who did not want the president to be upset during the Memorial Day stop. → Read More

Navy SEAL pleads guilty in hazing death of Special Forces soldier in Mali

Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar died in 2017 after being attacked by fellow U.S. service members. → Read More

Marine Corps punishes drill instructors and officers after hazing incidents

The cases were disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information Act request → Read More

Pentagon will pull money from ballistic missile and surveillance plane programs to fund border wall

The Defense Department, under Trump, intends to reprogram $2.5 billion that was originally designated by Congress for other projects. → Read More

Pentagon suspends effort to recover war remains amid silence from North Korea

There was hope of recovery operations in North Korea after President Trump's first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. → Read More

Pentagon cites China’s ’tremendous progress’ in building missiles as it details Chinese military in report

China seeks to supplant the United States as the preeminent power in the Pacific, a senior Pentagon official said Friday as the Defense Department released its annual report detailing Chinese military power. Randall Schriver, an assistant secretary of defense for Pacific affairs, said that while Beijing does not anticipate having a “world-class” military in 2049, it is rapidly advancing in… → Read More

New Coast Guard strategy for the Arctic highlights ‘projecting sovereignty’ as China and Russia look north

The document, obtained by The Washington Post, highlights how rapidly conditions are changing. → Read More

To help counter China, U.S. turns to the Coast Guard

The deployment of the USCGC Bertholf highlights a shifting U.S. strategy going forward. → Read More