Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

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Biden Joins Public Outcry After Guard Soldiers Seen Resting in a Parking Garage

Photographs of Guard soldiers resting on the concrete floor of a parking garage prompted swift condemnation and apologies from members of Congress. → Read More

12 National Guard Members Removed From Inauguration Duties Amid Extremist Threats

Two of them made threatening comments toward lawmakers, and one expressed support for President Trump. The others were removed for a wide variety of reasons. → Read More

Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks

The nation’s military has a history of downplaying white nationalism and right-wing activism, but the siege of the Capitol has created a new urgency for dealing with them. → Read More

New Warnings of Violence as Security Tightens for Inauguration

Commercial airlines have tracked an increase in checked weapons, and federal law enforcement raised fresh alarms about extremist plots. → Read More

Rare Pentagon Mission: Armed Troops in Capital

The troops will be the National Guard and not active-duty. But officials know such events are fraught with risk and cite Kent State in 1970, Tiananmen Square in 1989 and Tehran in 2009. → Read More

As the D.C. police clear the Capitol grounds, the mayor extends a public emergency.

The mayor of Washington extended a public emergency on Wednesday night as the local police worked to secure the area around the Capitol. “Everyone needs to clear the Capitol ground and remove themselves back to their homes states, or wherever they’re staying, and let the police do their jobs,” Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters late Wednesday evening. Ms. Bowser also issued an order extending… → Read More

In Abrupt Reversal of Iran Strategy, Pentagon Orders Aircraft Carrier Home

After weeks of escalation and threatening language, the Defense Department is sending mixed messages as the anniversary of the death of an Iranian general nears. → Read More

Pompeo Weighs Plan to Place Cuba on U.S. Terrorism Sponsor List

The move would complicate any effort by the incoming Biden administration to resume President Barack Obama’s thaw in relations with Havana. → Read More

Trump Administration Is Criticized Over Proposal to Split Cyberoperations Leadership

As the government grapples with a vast hack, the Pentagon is weighing whether to separate management of the National Security Agency from the United States Cyber Command. → Read More

Russian Hack, Undetected Since Spring, Upends Government Agencies

The Pentagon, intelligence agencies, nuclear labs and Fortune 500 companies use software that was found to have been compromised by Russian hackers. The sweep of stolen data is still being assessed. → Read More

Biden’s Pentagon Pick Reignites Debate Over Civilian Control of Military

Congress would need to approve a waiver for Lloyd J. Austin III, a recently retired general, to serve in the civilian post, four years after President Trump’s first defense secretary received one. → Read More

Biden Plans to Tap Lloyd Austin, Former Iraq Commander, as Defense Secretary

The retired four-star Army general would make history as the first African-American to lead the Pentagon. → Read More

Another Official Is Ousted From the Pentagon

The Defense Department said Christopher Maier resigned, but his supporters say he was forced out of a job leading military efforts to combat ISIS. → Read More

Pentagon Chief Visits Somalia Ahead of Expected Troop Cuts

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller met with troops and commanders in the region as turmoil bedevils the nation with approaching elections and an enduring threat from the Shabab. → Read More

C.I.A. Officer Is Killed in Somalia

The officer’s combat death came as President Trump considers pulling back on American operations in the region. → Read More

Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?

So far, there is no evidence the appointees harbor a secret agenda or arrived with an action plan. But their sudden appearance amounts to a purge of the Pentagon’s top civilian hierarchy without recent precedent. → Read More

Trump Said to Be Warned That Giuliani Was Conveying Russian Disinformation

President Trump shrugged off the warning from the intelligence agencies, officials said. → Read More

U.S. Seeks to Draw Down Its Troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 by Early 2021

President Trump suggested a timeline as early as Christmas, prompting confusion among administration officials. → Read More

U.S. Commandos Use Secretive Missiles to Kill Qaeda Leaders in Syria

The specially designed missiles use sharp blades and blunt force, rather than explosive warheads, to kill terrorist leaders. → Read More

U.S. Military Seeks Authority to Expand Counterterrorism Drone War to Kenya

Draft rules for potential airstrikes, drawn up after a Shabab attack at a base in January, are said to be limited and would require Kenyan assent. → Read More