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Carlo Muñoz

Carlo Muñoz is the military correspondent for The Washington Times focusing on U.S. defense and national security policy, programs and operations.

He was most recently a foreign correspondent with the Stars and Stripes Mideast bureau, based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mr. Muñoz also reported on U.S. and foreign military operations in South America, Cuba and the Asia-Pacific region. His work has appeared in The Guardian, United Press International, Atlantic Media, Air Force Magazine, USNI News and elsewhere.

He can be reached at [email protected]

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently called for a review of the 2017 attack in Niger that killed four U.S. Green Berets and sparked a political backlash among lawmakers.
appears before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2019, on the proposed Space Force. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

U.S. is boosting cyber defenses in face of Russian threat, Shanahan says

America's cadre of cyber warriors are working tirelessly to curb the threat posed by Russian attacks on U.S. military and civilian networks, including those highlighted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Moscow's interference in the 2016 election, acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said. Published April 18, 2019

In this Wednesday, July 26, 2017, photo, people with the Human Rights Campaign hold up "equality flags" during an event organized by Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., in support of transgender members of the military on Capitol Hill in Washington, after President Donald Trump said he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pentagon issues final rules on Trump's transgender ban

Current U.S. service members looking to transition sexes could face forced retirement or be discharged from the military for medical reasons, as part of the Pentagon's new transgender policy outlined Friday. Published April 12, 2019

Pentagon nears extension of 'Defeat ISIS' coalition as Trump weighs Syria withdrawal

The Islamic State's physical caliphate is now in ruins, but the Trump administration is talking about keeping the broad international coalition in place to counter the terrorist group's efforts to reorganize and reform in emerging hot spots around the globe, a top Pentagon official said in an interview. Published April 9, 2019

In this Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, file photo, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend talks with an Iraqi officer during a tour north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan, File)

Pentagon Africa pick worries over Russian 'little green men'

The Pentagon is keeping a wary eye on the recent influx of Russian "little green men" into Africa, as concerns rise over whether Moscow is looking to replicate its military successes in Ukraine and Syria in the competition for influence and allies on the continent. Published April 2, 2019

U.S. moves closer to killing F-35 jet sale to Turkey over Russia fears

The Pentagon is canceling all transfers of critical equipment related to the sale of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey, in what is seen as the first steps toward the outright cancellation of Ankara's purchase of the cutting-edge fighter jet. Published April 1, 2019

FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. In a Thursday, March 28, 2019 report the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, a U.S. watchdog, said that Afghanistan will remain dependent on international donors and foreign help even after a peace deal with the Taliban is reached. The report identified main high-risk areas including the reintegration of as many as 60,000 heavily armed Taliban fighters and their families back into Afghan society. (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan, File) **FILE**

Afghan peace hopes clouded by U.S.-backed government's weaknesses

As American negotiators inch closer to a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, the U.S.-backed government in Kabul remains heavily dependent on foreign money and military support to fight insurgent groups, finance its security forces, and prevent regional warlords from splintering the country, the top U.S. watchdog for the 18-year conflict warned Thursday. Published March 28, 2019