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Recent articles by Dan:

With more focus on the southern border, U.S. officials see a rise in migrants at sea

"Once the rhetoric started with the wall, it definitely picked up in the maritime," said a senior U.S. law enforcement official. → Read More

Coast Guard is ‘approaching a tipping point’: Commandant sounds alarm about aging fleet

Adm. Karl Schultz delivered a ‘State of the Coast Guard’ address in Los Angeles. → Read More

Trump administration’s new Arctic defense strategy expected to zero in on concerns about China

Beijing’s recent behavior in the Arctic has triggered some alarms in the Pentagon. → Read More

Pentagon faces internal questions about program to screen recruits with foreign ties, emails show

Officials have touted the program as a way to speed up vetting of recruits who have what the Pentagon considers “foreign nexus” risks. → Read More

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says she will resign

The top political official overseeing the Air Force was one of the longest-serving members of the Trump administration in the Pentagon. → Read More

U.S. and South Korea end military exercises that riled North Korea in favor of something smaller

The announcement comes after President Trump returned from a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. → Read More

In first, transgender troops testify before House as Trump administration seeks to limit their service

The military personnel appeared in civilian clothing in their own capacity, describing their experiences. → Read More

Heather Wilson’s commitment to Trump’s Space Force was questioned. Now she leads the effort to build it.

The Air Force secretary opposed the creation of a space service before she supported it. → Read More

Trump to create Space Force but will place it under Air Force control as Pentagon officials wanted

Trump initially pressed for a new military department, complete with its own service secretary. → Read More

Pentagon to begin flying humanitarian aid to Colombia with aim of helping Venezuelans

Some 200 tons of supplies could begin arriving as soon as Saturday. → Read More

Special agent involved in Army officer’s murder case charged with lying about earning a Purple Heart

Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Delacruz, an agent with Army Criminal Investigation Command, faces four criminal charges. → Read More

Admiral defends Navy after disasters at sea: ‘Other ships weren’t having collisions’

Adm. Phil Davidson defended the Navy in a hearing that also focused on threats posed by China and North Korea. → Read More

‘They do not obey their own rules’: Soldier facing murder case says he must defend himself against the Army

Former Green Beret Mathew L. Golsteyn planned to join the CIA. Now he faces a court-martial. → Read More

Trump taps admiral who served as his doctor for promotion again, despite open investigation

Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson was nominated to be Veterans Affairs secretary until allegations against him emerged. → Read More

Trump’s explanation for why Mattis left as defense secretary changes again

Mattis submitted a letter of resignation to the president, and now Trump claims he asked for it. → Read More

Armed Services Committee chairman rips Pentagon over lack of transparency about border mission

An additional 3,500 U.S. troops will go to the border, Rep. Adam Smith said. → Read More

Pentagon to send thousands more troops to southern border, mostly for surveillance

The National Guard cannot sustain the number of volunteers needed for border missions, defense officials said. → Read More

Rubio disputes that the United States would participate in a coup in Venezuela

The senator is one of the most vocal U.S. officials on Venezuelan politics. → Read More

A group representing Nathan Phillips wrongly said he served in Vietnam. Then came the accusations.

Questions about his military history arose as he shared his story following the viral video of his encounter with Catholic school boys on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. → Read More

‘Unacceptable’: Coast Guard’s top officer criticizes lack of payment in government shutdown

The commandant of the Coast Guard criticized the situation in a video posted on Twitter. → Read More