Trump softens Syria pullout schedule but claims 'hero' status
President Donald Trump appeared Monday to water down shock plans for an immediate pullout of US troops from Syria, even as he defiantly claimed...
Trump declares end to US 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit
President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq -- his first with US troops in a conflict zone since being elected -- to defend withdrawal from Syria...
Some countries buying Russian gear deserve sanctions waivers - US Defense Secretary
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday spoke in support of waivers for sanctions being imposed against nations buying military gear from Russia.
Mattis disputes report he wanted Congress to approve Syria strike
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday pushed back against a report saying he had unsuccessfully urged President Donald Trump to seek congressional approval ahead of last week's air strikes in Syria. Citing anonymous military and administration officials, the New York Times said Mattis had recommended Trump get a green light from lawmakers before launching…
Mattis wins big with budget victory
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a battle-seasoned Marine with the diplomatic skills needed to join forces with a mercurial president, won an important victory Friday with his sought-for military budget.
New Pentagon strategy looks to counter China, Russia
The US military must regain its strategic advantages over Russia and China and prioritize being ready for war, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday as he unveiled the Pentagon's vision for the future.
Nuclear accord with Iran in US interest - Mattis
Mattis's expression of support for the 2015 agreement curbing Iran's nuclear program was in sharp contrast with Trump's blunt assessment that the deal is an "embarrassment."
US warns North Korea of 'massive military response' after nuke test
Mattis told reporters: "Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming.