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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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Trump to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq [Video]

Trump to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq

[NFA] President Donald Trump will sharply reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, stopping short of a full withdrawal from..

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Military Judge in U.S. Held Court by Video Link to Guantánamo Bay

The Pentagon staged its first “Zoom Court” linking the courtroom at Guantánamo Bay to a secret location in the United States for a classified hearing in a military commissions case.
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Pentagon to reduce troop levels to 2,500 in Afghanistan and Iraq

The Pentagon is reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 in each, which is a drawdown of about 2,000 in Afghanistan and 500 in Iraq. David Martin has details.
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Pentagon plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Iraq in Trump's waning days

The Pentagon announced plans to reduce troops levels to 2,500 in both Afghanistan and Iraq, leaving a residual force in both countries as President Donald Trump is scheduled to leave office.
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Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?

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Trump continues Pentagon shake-up, gives loyalists key roles

President Trump has installed more loyalists at the Pentagon after firings and resignations among top Defense officials. Ben Tracy reports.
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Turmoil at Pentagon as President Trump shakes up leadership team, 'something that should alarm all Americans'

Most of the Pentagon's top civilian leadership has been changed, raising concern that perceived instability could embolden adversaries.
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Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns

Despite the Pentagon’s talk of embracing quantum computing and artificial intelligence, the politics of killing off old weapons systems is so forbidding that the efforts often falter.
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Pentagon unlikely to swoop in if Biden wins and President Trump disputes election result

President Donald Trump can't expect military aid from the Pentagon if he disputes the election results, according to the military's top officer as well as the leading Democrat on the House Armed..
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Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency chief sexually harassed staffers for 7 years, IG finds

John James, the former head of the Missile Defense Agency, sexually harassed two women in his office, according to the Pentagon Inspector General.
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One team, one fight: Wearing masks after the 9/11 attacks and during COVID-19

As a retired Navy chaplain who experienced the 9/11 aftermath at the Pentagon, I know masks are uncomfortable. But they give us a chance to save lives.
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Pentagon plans to reduce US military troops in Germany

Pentagon announced plans on July 29, 2020 to withdraw about 11, 800 US troops from Germany following President Trump's demand to pull troops out.  
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No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public

For over a decade, the program, now tucked inside the Office of Naval Intelligence, has discussed mysterious events in classified briefings.
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Top Pentagon official Wheelbarger resigns as critics accuse Trump of seeking 'loyalists'

Kathryn Wheelbarger, one of the Pentagon's most prominent and respected policy officials, is resigning after three years in the job at a time when critics have accused President Donald Trump of..
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Top Pentagon official Wheelbarger resigns, urges colleagues to be guided by U.S. Constitution

Kathryn Wheelbarger, one of the Pentagon's most prominent and respected policy officials, is resigning after three years in the job after President Donald Trump dropped plans to nominate her for an..
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North Korea continues to present 'extraordinary' threat to region: Pentagon official

North Korea's activities in recent days have shown that Pyongyang continues to pose an "extraordinary" threat to the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Pentagon official said on Thursday.
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Pentagon Ordered National Guard Helicopters’ Aggressive Response in D.C.

The high-profile episode, after days of protests in Washington, was a turning point in the military’s response to unrest in the city.
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Pentagon orders remaining active-duty troops to leave Washington area

The Pentagon will be sending back the remaining 900 active-duty troops who were sent to the Washington, D.C., area to potentially respond to civil unrest, and they are expected to start heading back to..
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Trump Agrees to Send Home Troops From Washington, Easing Tensions With the Pentagon

But what appeared to be an uneasy truce between the White House and military leaders did not mean the conflict was over.
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Pentagon moves about 1,600 Army troops into the Washington region

The Pentagon has moved about 1,600 U.S. Army troops into the Washington, D.C., region, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, after several nights of violent protests in the city.
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Agreement reached on funding of South Korean workers at U.S. bases, Pentagon says

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it reached agreement with South Korea on a proposal for Seoul to fund thousands of Korean workers at U.S. bases who were put on unpaid leave earlier this year.
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U.S., South Korea agree of funding of Korean workers, Pentagon says

The Pentagon on Tuesday said that it had come to an agreement with South Korea on a proposal for Seoul to fund thousands of Korean workers who were put on unpaid leave earlier this year.
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George Floyd protests live updates: Anger floods cities across the US; Pentagon could order military police to Minneapolis, report says

Protests nationwide turned violent as demonstrators expressed anger over George Floyd's death by police. Saturday's news from Minneapolis and the US.
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Pentagon's deputy inspector general resigns; latest in watchdog role to depart

The Defense Department's deputy inspector general resigned on Tuesday, more than a month after President Donald Trump removed him as the Pentagon's acting inspector general, becoming the latest..
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Pentagon weighs in on surveillance treaty decision

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Pentagon report says 130 civilians killed in 2019, lower than watchdog estimates

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Pentagon denies any role in any Venezuelan incursion, echoing Trump

The Pentagon added its voice to President Donald Trump's denial on Tuesday of any involvement in what Venezuelan officials have called a failed armed incursion in the South American country.
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Sexual assault reports in the military rise 3%, defying Pentagon efforts to eliminate the crime

The Pentagon reported a 3% increase in reports of sexual assaults among troops, a troubling sign despite years of efforts to eliminate the crime.
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Democrats unveil bill requiring U.S. coronavirus supply czar

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'Unidentified aerial phenomena': Pentagon officially releases 3 leaked US Navy UFO videos

The Pentagon on Monday officially released three U.S. Navy videos showing 'unidentified aerial phenomena' in order to verify the videos are real.
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Pentagon releases unclassified footage of 'unidentified aerial phenomena'

The Department of Defense released Navy footage from 2004 and 2015 featuring 'unidentified aerial phenomena.'  
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Pentagon chief to 'thoroughly review' Navy inquiry into coronavirus-hit ship

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper will "thoroughly review" the Navy's preliminary inquiry into a coronavirus outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and then meet with Navy leadership..
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Pentagon confirms coronavirus outbreak on U.S. destroyer

The Pentagon on Friday confirmed an outbreak of coronavirus aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer, saying one of the sailors infected was medically evacuated from the vessel and it was halting operations and..
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Pentagon officials say Trump's comment on Iran a warning, will maintain self-defense

Senior Pentagon officials said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's comments on Iran were meant as a warning to Tehran, but suggested that the U.S. military would continue to abide by their..
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Pentagon to ask U.S. Congress for emergency coronavirus funds to support defense industry

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U.S. judge puts Amazon challenge to Pentagon JEDI contract on hold

A U.S. judge on Friday put on hold a suit by Amazon.com Inc challenging the Pentagon's decision to award a $10 billion contract to Microsoft Corp .
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U.S. Pentagon chief criticizes China as misleading, opaque on coronavirus

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U.S. probe unable to rule out White House influence on JEDI contract awarded to Microsoft, not Amazon

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Pentagon awarding contract to boost N95 mask production capacity by 39 million

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Senators call on Pentagon Inspector General to probe Navy carrier commander's firing

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked the Pentagon for 100,000 body bags, a chilling request as the COVID-19 pandemic spirals.
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