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Carlo Muñoz

Carlo Muñoz is a former military correspondent for The Washington Times.


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"What we're looking at is: Are there things that we can do to enhance force protection in the Middle East?" said acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan on Thursday. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Trump: No plan now for more troops to confront Iran

President Trump and the Pentagon pushed back Thursday at reports of an imminent surge of U.S. forces in the Middle East to confront Iran, while acknowledging that Tehran's recent aggressive behavior remains a focus of prime concern. Published May 23, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks to reporters after a classified briefing for members of Congress on Iran, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Pentagon's Shanahan plays down 'speculation' of more U.S. troops to Middle East

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan dismissed reports that up to 10,000 U.S. troops would soon be heading to the Middle East to counter Iranian aggression in the region, but did admit administration officials were weighing an uptick in the American military presence in the region. Published May 23, 2019

President Donald Trump has nominated former U.S. Ambassador to Finland Barbara Barrett to be the next secretary of the Air Force. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Trump nominates Barbara Barrett to be Air Force secretary

Barbara Barrett, a former U.S. ambassador to Finland and a fixture in the American defense policy and industry circles, has been tapped by the Trump administration to be the next Air Force secretary. Published May 21, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan listens, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, during a House Appropriations subcommittee on budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

U.S. actions have prevented Iranian attacks on Americans, Shanahan says

The Trump administration's aggressive actions to curb reported threats against U.S. forces in the Middle East have worked to deter Iran, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Tuesday, indicating the White House and Pentagon may pare back its forceful measures against Tehran. Published May 21, 2019

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors fly in formation during a training mission, Dec. 6, 2009.  The F-22 fighters and crews are deployed from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., and in the Air Forces Central area of responsibility for the first time as part of a multinational exercise where aircrews from France, Jordan, Pakistan, the U.A.E., the U.K., and the U.S. trained together in fighting a large-scale air war.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller) **FILE**

U.S. warplanes intercept Russian bombers off Alaskan coast

U.S warplanes intercepted several Russian fighters and bombers crossing into American airspace off Alaska's western coastline late Monday, in the latest show of force by Moscow near the Arctic region. Published May 21, 2019

U.S. Army helicopter crew members look out of their Chinook helicopter as they fly from the U.S. Embassy to Baghdad International airport, following the helicopter of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, over Baghdad, Iraqi, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.   (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)

Rocket attack targets U.S. Embassy in Iraq

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was the target of a rocket attack late Sunday, days after the Trump White House ordered American diplomatic personnel to pull out of the country. Published May 19, 2019

China outpaced the U.S. in naval shipbuilding by a factor of four to one from 2015 to 2018, noted a retired Navy captain during a briefing at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Former intel officer sounds alarm over rising Chinese naval might

The Chinese navy is on track to seize the capability to strong-arm control of all international shipping lanes in the Pacific in the next decade and overtake the U.S. as the globe's dominant naval power by the middle of the century, a former top U.S. military intelligence officer warned this week. Published May 15, 2019