President Trump on Monday is ordering a overhaul of space traffic management and space debris tracking as part of his push to restore U.S. leadership in space.
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By Dan Boylan - The Washington Times
House Appropriations Committee members on Wednesday passed the Pentagon's annual funding bill -- a $675 billion package of requests for fiscal 2019 -- which increases purchases of F-35 joint strike fighters. Published June 13, 2018
A U.S. drone strike Thursday killed Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah, Afghan officials said, taking a major insurgent figure off the battlefield.
An Afghan Defense Ministry official says a U.S. drone strike in northeastern Kunar province has killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah.
After being blindsided by President Donald Trump's decision to shelve major U.S. military exercises in South Korea, Seoul appears to be going along with it.
The White House said Thursday that President Trump was showing "common courtesy" when he saluted a North Korean general during his summit earlier this week.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on a visit to China on Thursday that both nations are committed to keeping economic sanctions in place until North Korea fully denuclearizes, knocking down claims by the rogue nation's state media in the aftermath of Tuesday's summit in Singapore.
Turkey's military said Thursday that Turkish and U.S. officials, meeting in Germany, have reached an agreement on a plan for the strategic Syrian town of Manbij that was a source of tension between the NATO allies.
The United States and its Asian allies worked Thursday to paper over any semblance of disagreement over President Donald Trump's concession to Kim Jong-un that the U.S. will halt military exercises with South Korea, with Trump's top diplomat insisting the president hadn't backed down from his firm line on North Korea's nukes.
A Shiite Iraqi nationalist party and a party with close ties to Iran on Wednesday announced a political alliance that could complicate the Trump administration's efforts to limit Tehran's influence in the next Iraqi government.
The recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that our nation is in the throes of a massive suicide epidemic did not come as a surprise to those of us who work with troubled veterans. We deal with it every day. We spend countless hours listening to unspeakable pain among those returning from the battlefields, striving to counsel them through their darkness and consoling widows when our efforts are insufficient — all the time wondering if we had been more articulate, more sensitive, more wise, perhaps we could have altered the outcomes.
No one can identify the lost lives that Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknowns commemorates, but now we identify some of the soldiers who helped honor the fallen nearly a century ago.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered the first snapshot of a timeline for North Korean denuclearization Wednesday, telling reporters on a trip to Seoul that he is "hopeful" Pyongyang will show clear evidence of a "major disarmament" before President Trump's term in office ends in January 2021.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is praising President Trump's "realistic" approach to negotiations with Pyongyang, North Korea's leading state-run newspaper reported Wednesday after the landmark summit between the two leaders.
President Trump said Wednesday morning that North Korea's nuclear program no longer poses a threat.
Ronald Reagan was tough on totalitarians. On March 8, 1983, and to the chagrin of many of his advisers, he disparaged the Soviet Union as an "evil empire." On June 12, 1987, standing by the barrier designed to prevent East Germans from escaping into West Berlin, and again ignoring top deputies, he called on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall!"
President Trump declared Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea are ready for a new era of peace after securing a written pledge from dictator Kim Jong-un for "complete denuclearization" of the divided Korean Peninsula, saying the undisclosed fine print for dismantling Pyongyang's weapons programs will ease concerns that Mr. Kim came away from their historic summit with the better end of the deal.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has accepted President Trump's invitation to visit Washington, North Korea's Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday night.
Technology has finally caught up with the Army's desire to field manned and unmanned vehicles on the battlefield.
Still stinging from Washington's abrupt withdrawal from the Obama-era nuclear pact with Iran in May, Tehran lashed out Tuesday, warning Pyongyang it may just another pawn in the Trump administration's feckless foreign policy and national security objectives.
President Trump on Tuesday touted his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as the key to ensuring cooperation with the foreign nation before leaving Singapore.
Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday he wasn't concerned about President Trump agreeing to stop the "war games" in his conversation with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Pentagon officials said Tuesday they'll stay out of President Trump's landmark diplomacy with Kim Jong-un -- but they also emphasized that, so far, military leaders have gotten no formal instructions to follow through on the president's words and immediately cancel joint military exercises with close ally South Korea.
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Singapore summit of President Trump and Kim Jong-un projected potent images of peace and diplomacy between two leaders who traded nuclear war threats just a year ago, but the output generated a large wave of initial skepticism that the U.S. side got any tangible or permanent concession from the North Korean dictator on Tuesday.
Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit
The denuclearization summit with North Korea might not have happened without the death of American student Otto Warmbier, President Trump said Tuesday.
As part of the agreement reached with North Korea's leader Tuesday, President Trump agreed to halt annual joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises that provoke Pyongyang.
After a historic summit that scored North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's signed pledge committing to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," President Trump said Tuesday it was a great moment for the world.
President Trump needs a "Plan B" to force Kim Jong-un to give up his nuclear program. Much like negotiating with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, any direct talks with North Korea are not likely to succeed if American negotiators continue to ignore human rights and focus exclusively on arms control.
The rapid proliferation of military drone technology is reaching the point that other nations -- and even non-state actors such as Mexican drug cartels -- could engage in the kinds of deadly strikes that the U.S. pioneered more than a decade ago and has increased under presidents of both political parties.
The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy, sits in Boston, revered by sailors and history buffs. The second-oldest ship, the USS Pueblo, floats at a river dock in Pyongyang, still a hostage more than 50 years after North Korea seized it in a January 1968 raid in the frigid waters of the East Sea off the Hermit Kingdom's northeastern coast.
A string of coordinated suicide bombings and attacks Monday against government forces in eastern and northern Afghanistan, as well as a devastating strike in the country's capital, shattered a tenuous cease-fire between Kabul and the Taliban.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway leveled expectations Monday morning before the U.S.-North Korean summit, saying it won't be a "one-and-done type of meeting."
Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, urged caution Monday morning when dealing with North Korea.
Discussions at the United States-North Korean summit have "moved more quickly than expected," White House officials said Monday.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the U.S. is prepared to offer new security assurances that will help convince North Korea to begin giving up its nuclear weapons.
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will begin their historic summit with a one-on-one meeting, focusing on their personal rapport as they seek a deal for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons, an administration official said Monday.
All signs may point to a successful and historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, but the stakes are so high that the U.S. national security community is braced for the possibility of a rapid spiral toward nuclear brinkmanship if the talks between the two men turn sour.
Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's rise to power has not yet reached its zenith. The May 18 Iraqi parliamentary election, in which his Sairun political block won a plurality, has elevated him to the position of de facto leader of the Iraqi nation. Mr. al-Sadr won't become prime minister because he didn't run for a parliamentary seat, but he will control the formation of the next Iraqi government.
Acquiescing to efforts to end government funding of the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025 would be a historic and costly mistake to the tune of billions, destroying an engineering, science and geopolitical marvel and elevating America's enemies to supremacy in space.
No politician owns the exclusive rights to "hope and change." As a campaign slogan, it worked well for a moment for Barack Obama, but in hindsight it was little more than an attractive but empty phrase. He wowed the world by signing the Iran Nuclear Deal, but left the terror-friendly regime in Tehran on course to complete a doomsday arsenal. President Trump, girding himself for a nuclear summit with North Korea, promises to deal only in the hard currency of reality.
After weeks of doubts that they would come together for a summit, all the players had taken their places by Sunday on this island and prepared for an unprecedented dialogue about North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons and ending nearly 70 years of confrontation with the U.S.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of a historic summit with President Trump, bringing with him a extensive security force and a private food supply.
Amid deep tension between the two countries, top military leaders from the U.S. and Russia will meet Friday for a key face-to-face meeting in Helsinki, Pentagon officials said, stressing that the lines of communication between Washington and Moscow must remain open.
China's adeptness at doing business with Iran through state-owned companies not exposed to the American financial systems could make Beijing the big beneficiary of President Trump's move to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on foreign companies doing business with Tehran.
In the weeks since President Trump made global headlines with his announcement that the U.S. would no longer participate in the Iran nuclear deal, international attention has shifted to new priorities. It is easy to miss the fact that the U.S. has started taking key steps to ramp up economic pressure on the Iranian regime, including imposing new sanctions just last week.
As the world deals with rampant totalitarianism after the foreign policy failures of the disastrous Obama administration and the undermining of American leadership, it is becoming all too common to see dictatorships use religion or rabid nationalism to hide their real agenda.
A top Navy commander on Thursday pushed back against reports that junior officers' seamanship skills are lacking, arguing that his three-month internal review was specifically designed to test the most inexperienced officers and yielded exactly the results he expected.
Russian hackers and organizations like WikiLeaks are targeted in an annual defense spending bill unveiled by the Senate Armed Service Committee on Wednesday, as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle aim to use next year's military budget to address the election meddling that marred the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
Putin lashes out at U.S., tells TV audience Russian military will stay in Syria to protect interests
The Russian military will stay in Syria as long as it is in Moscow's interests, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during his annual question-and-answer phone-in TV program.
President Trump is outpacing his predecessor in the number of U.S. drone strikes abroad and has made it easier for the CIA to use the craft to eliminate targets, according to a new study released Thursday -- but specialists warn the use of the unmanned killing machines remains shrouded in secrecy with rules of engagement that haven't been publicly explained.
The Pentagon is determined to keep tensions over trade and other issues between the U.S. and its allies from jeopardizing President Trump's long-term campaign to get America's NATO allies to contribute their fair share to the alliance's defense coffers, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Wednesday as he arrived here for a summit of NATO defense ministers.
The potential for on-the-fly negotiations is fueling a White House debate about what -- if any -- concessions President Trump should offer in exchange for North Korea's concrete steps toward dismantling nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons facilities.
The Navy has identified deep deficiencies in seamanship among its junior officers, with just 27 of 164 first-tour officers passing competency checks with "no concerns," according to an internal review obtained Wednesday by The Washington Times.
President Trump signed a sweeping new law Wednesday to expand veterans' access to private health care, calling it "one more crucial step in fulfilling our duty" to veterans.
President Trump will sign the VA Mission Act of 2018 into law on Wednesday, which is aimed at expanding access to healthcare for veterans.
The Obama administration -- despite repeatedly assuring Congress that Iran would remain barred from the U.S. financial system -- secretly mobilized to give Tehran access to American banks to convert the windfall of cash it received from sanctions relief under the 2015 nuclear deal into dollars, an investigative report by the Senate has revealed.
Ex-Marine James N. Mattis' experience operating in hostile territory could come in handy this week as the U.S. defense secretary travels to Europe at a time of unusual strain between the U.S. and its allies, over trade, Iran, energy policy, sanctions — and U.S. demands for more defense spending and more help in such crisis spots as Iraq and Afghanistan.
D-Day, 2018. Ah, but who knows what D-Day is? Or when?
A chat with a well-intentioned millennial convinced Michael Reagan that he should get personally involved in keeping the memory of D-Day alive.
The Afghan government declared this week that Taliban operations span the entire country, contradicting a recent briefing by Gen. John Nicholson, the outgoing commander of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.
From The Vault
An excerpt of Sen. John McCain's new book released Thursday addresses his battle with cancer and message he'd like to leave behind.
The 2.5-by-2.5-foot granite block engraved with an image of an Army Huey commemorating Vietnam's air warriors proved an unexpectedly difficult fight.
We've got a new space race on our hands, and instead of competing as we should, we're spacing out.
President Trump moved late Friday to exclude most transgender people from signing up for the U.S. military, after his defense and homeland security chiefs said they were worried about the armed forces' ability to handle the different challenges the troops would bring.
Ji Seong-ho, a North Korea defector who suffered starvation, torture and lost a leg to the brutal regime, stood to thunderous applause as he defiantly held up his old wooden crutches in the House chamber Tuesday night.
Iran's rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday.
The Navy's disastrous 2017, punctuated by the deaths of nearly 20 American sailors, was the culmination of deep-seated issues within the sea service's budget, operations and culture stretching back decades, issues that Navy leaders are only now attempting to address.
Amid renewal of direct communications between North and South Korea, President Trump agreed with South Korea's leader Thursday to keep up "the campaign of maximum pressure" against Pyongyang and its nuclear program.
This is the second round of violent protests by Iranians against their government for suppressing their rights and attempts to enjoy those rights. Barack Obama didn't have much sympathy for the protests against the government suppression of voters in a national election in 2009.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941 "a day that will live in infamy," and with good reason. The date that Tojo's Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor heralded America's entrance into the bloody fighting of World War II. But there are other dates that live in infamy, and many of them aren't nearly as well known. But they deserve to be. Take Nov. 7, 1917.
Falah Mustafa Bakir heads the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government. He spoke with Washington Times special correspondent Seth J. Frantzman the day after Sunday's vote on why the region's nonbinding independence referendum deserves international support.
You know you've run afoul of President Trump when he gives you a nickname.
Concern of an armed clash over North Korea's nuclear weapons program reached new heights Tuesday as an angry President Trump warned that Pyongyang could soon face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" amid reports that the North has managed to build a nuclear bomb small enough to fit inside an intercontinental ballistic missile.
President Trump said Friday that the U.S. was taking a new hard-line approach to resolving the nuclear threat from North Korean, declaring that "patience is over."
The Pentagon released footage on Friday of its decision to drop the "mother of all bombs" for the first time in combat.