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The Pentagon: The United States Department of Defense's office building in Virginia
The Pentagon is the headquarters building of the United States Department of Defense. As a symbol of the U.S. military, the phrase The Pentagon is also often used as a metonym for the Department of Defense and its leadership.

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Pentagon denies U.S. is considering pulling troops from South Korea

The Pentagon on Thursday denied a South Korean news report saying that the United States was considering a significant cut to its troop numbers in South Korea if Seoul does not contribute more to the..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief says unaware of any threat to pull U.S. troops from South Korea

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday he was unaware of any plans to withdraw 4,000 U.S. troops from South Korea if talks on cost-sharing fail.
Reuters - Published

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Amazon challenges Pentagon's cloud award to Microsoft [Video]Amazon challenges Pentagon's cloud award to Microsoft

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday rejected any suggestion of bias in a Pentagon decision to award Microsoft an up to $10 billion cloud computing contract, after Amazon announced plans to..

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Pentagon releases new details on al-Baghdadi raid [Video]Pentagon releases new details on al-Baghdadi raid

The Pentagon has released new details on the raid in which IS leader al-Baghdadi was killed. General Frank McKenzie said: "You can see the way it looked before. And you can see the way it looks, the..

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U.S. releases new images of Baghdadi raid [Video]U.S. releases new images of Baghdadi raid

The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend's commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Roger Fortuna reports.

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Syria situation still complex despite Baghdadi's death -U.S. officials [Video]Syria situation still complex despite Baghdadi's death -U.S. officials

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley briefed reporters at the Pentagon after President Trump announced that a U.S. military..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:55Published

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 bln cloud computing contract [Video]Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 bln cloud computing contract

Microsoft has won the Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract, the Defense Department said on Friday, beating out favorite Amazon. Mia Womersley reports

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Pentagon chief visits Iraq as troops withdraw from Syria [Video]Pentagon chief visits Iraq as troops withdraw from Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday, where he is likely to face questions about how long U.S. troops withdrawing from northeast Syria will stay in Iraq. Rough Cut (no..

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Pentagon chief mulls keeping some troops in Syria [Video]Pentagon chief mulls keeping some troops in Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some U.S. troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields with Syrian Democratic Forces to ensure that the oil did not fall into the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:00Published

Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks [Video]Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to..

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Trump tells Pentagon to start pulling troops from northern Syria [Video]Trump tells Pentagon to start pulling troops from northern Syria

The United States is poised to move about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish incursion into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:19Published

Pentagon chief: "Despite our opposition," Turkey advanced into Syria [Video]Pentagon chief: "Despite our opposition," Turkey advanced into Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS News that Turkey decided to send ground troops into northern Syria despite Washington urging Ankara to reconsider, and that the fighting put U.S. forces in an..

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Reported executions by Turkish forces in Syria may be 'war crimes': U.S. Defense Secretary [Video]Reported executions by Turkish forces in Syria may be 'war crimes': U.S. Defense Secretary

Gruesome images showing what may be Turkish-backed fighters executing captured Syrian Kurds would be war crimes if the accounts are true, said U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday. Rough cut (no..

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US troops are pulling out of Northern Syria [Video]US troops are pulling out of Northern Syria

The Pentagon has announced up to one-thousand US troops withdraw from the Northern Syria as the Turkish offensive in Kurdish-controlled areas escalates.

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Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds [Video]Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday said Ankara's military incursion into northeastern Syria was damaging U.S.-Turkey relations, adding that the United States was not abandoning its Kurdish..

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Pentagon chief says Turkey's incursion threaten relations [Video]Pentagon chief says Turkey's incursion threaten relations

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday said Ankara's military incursion into northeastern Syria was damaging U.S.-Turkey relations, adding that the United States was not abandoning its Kurdish..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:51Published

Democrats Subpoena Pentagon In Impeachment Probe [Video]Democrats Subpoena Pentagon In Impeachment Probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats issued subpoenas to the Pentagon and the White House budget office on Monday as part of their impeachment inquiry, seeking documents related to U.S...

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Pentagon discovers $81 million of U.S. Navy gear during audit

The Pentagon found $81 million of military equipment at a U.S. Navy facility that had not been inventoried, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday as he described the Department of Defense second..
Reuters - Published

IS exploited Turkey's Syria invasion, drawdown of U.S. troops: Pentagon report

Islamic State has exploited Turkey's incursion into northeastern Syria and the drawdown of U.S. troops from the region, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Pentagon's Inspector General,..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon gets failing grade in its second audit

The Pentagon has failed a comprehensive audit for a second year, though an official said it has made progress toward fixing accounting discrepancies that could still take years to resolve.
Reuters - Published

U.S. Congress panel leader reports slow progress negotiating 2020 Pentagon budget

U.S. legislators are making slow progress negotiating the bill that will set spending policy for the Department of Defense in 2020, the head of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief open to military adjustments to support North Korea diplomacy

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he was open to new alterations in U.S. military activity on the Korean peninsula if it helped enable diplomats, who are trying to jump-start stalled..
Reuters - Published

U.S. sending additional troops to northeast Syria

The Pentagon confirms the U.S. is sending additional troops into northeast Syria to protect oil fields from ISIS. This comes as Russia, the newly self-appointed sheriff in northern Syria, ordered all..
CBS News - Published

Pentagon releases images from al-Baghdadi raid

Top U.S. military officials released new images from the raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He took his own life as U.S. special forces units closed in on him in..
CBS News - Published Also reported by •USATODAY.com

New book details the Pentagon during the Trump administration

Guy Snodgrass, the former chief speechwriter and communications director for former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, joined "Red & Blue" to discuss his new book "Holding the Line: Inside Trump's Pentagon..
CBS News - Published

Troops, armored vehicles enter Syria to protect oil fields from ISIS

The Pentagon moved troops and armored vehicles into Syria Thursday to protect oil fields from exploitation by ISIS.
USATODAY.com - Published

Pentagon releases footage and details of secret raid that killed ISIS leader al-Baghdadi

Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, who oversaw the raid, said six ISIS fighters were killed, including Bagdhadi and his remains have been buried at sea.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. releases Baghdadi raid video, warns of likely retribution attack

The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend's commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned the militant group may..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon orders 3,700 more active duty troops to U.S.- Mexico border

Three local reporters from Texas, California and Arizona join CBSN's "Red & Blue" to discuss the Pentagon's decision to send 3,700 more troops to the southern border and the impact border security has..
CBS News - Published

Microsoft wins $10 billion Pentagon contract

Microsoft beat out Amazon and others with its bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Project with the U.S. military. CNET editor-at-large Ian Sherr joined CBSN to discuss the implications..
CBS News - Published

Pentagon announces F-35 jet prices for next three years

The Pentagon announced pricing details on Tuesday for its agreement with Lockheed Martin Co that lowers the cost of the F-35 jets it plans to purchase through 2022 by 12.7%, which may encourage other..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon to declassify videos of raid that killed ISIS leader

The Pentagon is declassifying video and photos of the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which could be released by Wednesday. Intelligence collected in Saturday night's raid will now..
CBS News - Published

Why I sued the Pentagon and wrote my book on Donald Trump and James Mattis

Mattis has taken a vow of silence. But America deserves insight on key decisions, threats to alliances, and how dysfunction compromises our security.
USATODAY.com - Published

Top Pentagon officials on al-Baghdadi raid, Syria security

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley briefed reporters Monday after the Special Forces operation resulting in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr..
CBS News - Published

Microsoft Wins Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract, Thwarting Amazon

Amazon was considered a front-runner for the cloud computing project, known as JEDI, before President Trump began criticizing the company’s founder, Jeff Bezos.
NYTimes.com - Published

AP Top Stories Oct. 25 P

Here are the top stories for Friday, Oct. 25th: Rep. Elijah Cummings eulogized at Baltimore funeral; Trump's Washington hotel could soon be for sale; Pentagon chief says U.S. troops will protect Syrian..
USATODAY.com - Published

US may send troops, vehicles to Syrian oil fields

Pentagon chief Mark Esper says the United States is considering sending American troops and armored vehicles to help protect oil fields in northeastern Syria controlled by U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds...
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. to strengthen troop presence near Syria oil fields: Pentagon chief

The United States will strengthen its military presence in Syria to prevent Islamic State fighters from accessing oil fields and revenue, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Friday, the latest..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon planning to send tanks, armored vehicles to Syrian oil fields

Two weeks ago, President Trump ordered virtually all U.S. troops out of Syria. Now the Pentagon plans to send armored forces to protect oil fields.
USATODAY.com - Published

Pentagon chief to focus on Turkey, Syria at NATO, but short on options

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is expected to focus on Turkey's offensive into Syria and the fight against Islamic State when he meets NATO partners in Brussels this week, but he has limited options..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief says U.S. forces enter, leave Iraq with government permission: Iraqi PM

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday the United States respects Iraq's sovereignty and that U.S. forces enter and leave Iraq with Baghdad's..
Reuters - Published

Defense Department official Laura Cooper to testify in impeachment inquiry about military aid to Ukraine

Congressional investigators want to ask Laura Cooper, who oversees Ukraine policy at the Pentagon, about the withholding of military aid to Ukraine.
USATODAY.com - Published

Pentagon chief visits Iraq as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday, where he is likely to face questions about how long U.S. troops withdrawing from northeast Syria will stay in Iraq.
Reuters - Published

U.S aim is for troops pulling out of Syria to leave Iraq eventually: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that Washington aimed to bring U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria back to the United States, and not for them to stay in Iraq "interminably".
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief visits Saudi Arabia as tensions simmer with Iran

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, with tensions simmering between the United States and Iran, and Russia seeking to increase its regional influence.
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief arrives in Riyadh as Iran tensions simmer and Russia makes moves

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, his first trip to the key Middle East ally since taking the job this summer, as tensions simmer between Washington and Tehran, and..
Reuters - Published

Some U.S. troops may stay in Syria: Pentagon chief

The United States is considering keeping some troops in northeastern Syria to stop oil falling into the hands of Islamic State or others but no decision has yet been made, Defense Secretary Mark Esper..
Reuters - Published

U.S. mulls leaving some troops in Syria to guard oil: Pentagon

The Pentagon is considering keeping some U.S. troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to help deny oil to Islamic State militants, Defense..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief says keeping some troops in northeastern Syria under discussion

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some U.S. troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to ensure the oil did not fall into the..
Reuters - Published

Trump accidentally refers to defense secretary Esper as 'Mark Esperanto' in tweet defending Syria withdrawal

President Trump quoted "Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense" on Sunday. But the man he put in charge of the Pentagon is named Mark Esper, not Esperanto.
USATODAY.com - Published

Pentagon Chief Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper arrived as the U.S. considers reviving peace talks with the Taliban.
NYTimes.com - Published

Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday, as the United States seeks to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations..
Reuters - Published

All U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria expected to go to western Iraq: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon says unable to share documents with House impeachment request 'at this time'

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it was unable to share documents with the House of Representative committee pursuing an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, citing "legal and practical..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon to withdraw 1,000 troops from Syria within weeks from fight against ISIS

The Pentagon will pull virtually all its troops from Syria as Turkey presses its invasion. About 1,000 troops will be flown or driven.
USATODAY.com - Published

Pentagon chief Esper says will press NATO allies to take measures against Turkey

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday he will meet with NATO allies next week to press them to take "diplomatic and economic measures" in response to Turkey's incursion into Syria.
Reuters - Published

Trump tells Pentagon to begin withdrawing remaining troops from northern Syria

The United States is poised to move about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish incursion into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation..
Reuters - Published

Defense secretary says Pentagon will comply with Ukraine subpoena

"We will do everything we can to cooperate with the Congress," Mark Esper told "Face the Nation" Sunday
CBS News - Published

U.S. troops in Syria came under fire from Turkish positions: Pentagon

U.S. troops in northern Syria came under artillery fire from Turkish positions on Friday but none were wounded, the Pentagon said, an incident that highlights the risks to U.S. troops as Turkey wages..
Reuters - Published

Secretary of Defense Esper blames Turkey for attacks on Kurds, says U.S. has not abandoned them

Top Pentagon officials blamed Turkey for fighting Kurds in Syria and said they had not abandoned the Kurds, a key ally in the fight against ISIS.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. military says not abandoning Kurds, condemns Turkish offensive

The Pentagon strongly denied on Friday accusations that it had abandoned its Syrian Kurdish allies to a Turkish military onslaught, which he said was destabilizing the region and doing "dramatic harm"..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon urges Turkey to halt Syria incursion

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said it was an "impulsive" decision by Turkish President Erdogan to invade northern Syria and it will further destabilize the region and put America's Syrian Kurdish..
USATODAY.com - Published

Pentagon says U.S. is "not abandoning" Kurdish forces

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at a press conference Friday that Washington is "greatly disappointed" by Turkey's Syria offensive, which came after President Trump pulled U.S. troops from positions..
CBS News - Published

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