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‘Really quite shocking’: Inside the ugly transition at the Pentagon

‘Really quite shocking’: Inside the ugly transition at the Pentagon

The effort to obstruct the Biden team is unprecedented in modern presidential transitions and will hobble the new administration on key national security matters.Tensions between the Pentagon and the Biden agency landing team emerged almost the moment the General Services Administration authorized the transition to begin. | Stephanie Keith/Getty ImagesThe Pentagon blocked members of President Joe Biden’s incoming administration from gaining access to critical information about current operations, including the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, upcoming special operations missions in Africa and...

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Jan 20
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Trump vetoes defense bill, setting up showdown with Congress

Trump vetoes defense bill, setting up showdown with Congress

Two-thirds of the House and Senate must vote in favor of the bill to override the president.President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Trump vetoed major defense policy legislation Wednesday. | AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyPresident Donald Trump vetoed major defense policy legislation Wednesday, sending the measure back to Congress for what could be the first successful override of his presidency if enough Republicans are willing to defy the commander in chief.In a statement rejecting the National Defense Authorization Act, Trump...

Dec 23
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How U.S. agencies' trust in untested software opened the door to hackers

How U.S. agencies' trust in untested software opened the door to hackers

The government doesn’t do much to verify the security of software from private contractors. And that’s how suspected Russian hackers got in.Network cables plugged into a server. | Michael Bocchieri/Getty ImagesThe massive monthslong hack of agencies across the U.S. government succeeded, in part, because no one was looking in the right place.The federal government conducts only cursory security inspections of the software it buys from private companies for a wide range of activities, from managing databases to operating internal chat applications. That created the blind spot that suspected...

Dec 19
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Congress set to vote on defense policy bill as Trump goes after top senator

Congress set to vote on defense policy bill as Trump goes after top senator

The president has pledged to nix the NDAA if it doesn't include a repeal of protections for social media companies.The move comes as the president lashed out against one of his top allies on the Hill, calling Senate Armed Services Chair Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) out by name and faulting him for not repealing protections for social media companies as part of the legislation. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP PhotoThe House will vote Tuesday on compromise defense policy legislation, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Friday, as lawmakers in both the House and Senate prepare to buck President Donald...

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Trump skirts Senate to install nominee under fire for Islamaphobic tweets in Pentagon post

Trump skirts Senate to install nominee under fire for Islamaphobic tweets in Pentagon post

Anthony Tata has been designated as the official 'performing the duties of' the deputy undersecretary of defense policy.The White House press secretary said that President Donald Trump was standing by the nominee. | AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyPresident Donald Trump has installed a nominee for a top Pentagon job in a senior Department of Defense post on a temporary basis after lawmakers abruptly canceled his confirmation hearing last week amid lingering questions about his fitness for the role.Retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, a novelist, former state government official and Fox News...

August 2, 2020
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