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No White House ‘Chaos’; Trump’s Korea Remarks Calculated: H.R. McMaster

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: There’s no “feuding” or “chaos” in the Trump White House, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster insisted yesterday. Anyone who pushed their personal agenda at the expense of the president’s is now either gone or neutralized by Chief of Staff John Kelly, McMaster added. Both men are military officers, as is Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. McMaster… Keep reading →

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Trump’s Generals: A Breaking Defense eBook

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Mike Flynn: You’re fired! H.R. McMaster, Jim Mattis, John Kelly: You’re hired!

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Trump, Kelly, & The Coast Guard: Exclusive Interview With Adm. Zukunft

Posted by Robbin Laird on


With the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States and with Trump’s nomination of Gen. John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security, life is going to change for the US Coast Guard. Trump’s campaign focused intently on border security, asking a fundamental question: Why do we send thousands of troops… Keep reading →

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Trump’s Generals, Part 4: John Kelly vs. The Narco-Terrorists

Posted by James Kitfield on


Who are Trump’s generals? This week, James Kitfield has already told us about James Mattis and Michael Flynn, both men shaped by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now we come to John Kelly, whose time in Latin America, ironically, led him to similar conclusions about America’s enemies. As chief of US Southern Command, General… Keep reading →

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Trump’s Generals: How Wartime Service Shaped Mattis, Kelly, & Flynn

Posted by James Kitfield on


Among the many anxieties inspired by the rise of Trump, one of the most profound is his fondness for generals. Does naming so many retired military men to top positions undermine the principal of civilian control? How might their shared experiences in our post-9/11 conflicts shape the way they govern? This week, award-winning defense reporter… Keep reading →

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Keep Innovation Alive, SecArmy Fanning Implores Trump

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: What’s the most important initiative in the Obama Pentagon that the Trump team should pick up and run with? It’s innovation, outgoing Army Secretary Eric Fanning said last night: “Some of the most important work we’ve done in the last eight years is trying to set up places in our procurement system where we… Keep reading →

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