Author: RYAN BROWNE, CNN

Senate confirms Trump's pick for defense secretary

The Senate Tuesday voted overwhelmingly 90 to 8 to confirm President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of defense, Mark Esper, giving the Pentagon its first permanent chief since James Mattis stepped down in January.

DHS requests 1,000 more National Guard for Texas border

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon to authorize 1,000 additional Texas National Guard troops "to provide supplemental holding and port of entry enforcement support" to Customs and Border Protection within the state, the Defense Department said Monday.

Soldiers rescue woman, child on US-Mexico border

Two US soldiers tasked with helping safeguard the US-Mexico border rescued a woman and a her child Thursday, saving the migrant family from drowning as they attempted to cross into the country, the US military said Tuesday.

Shanahan approves punishments over Niger ambush after long delay

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has approved the decision to discipline at least eight military officers over their role in the October 2017 Niger ambush that left four American soldiers dead and sparked a debate about the role of US troops in Africa after a Green Beret-led team found itself under attack by some 100 ISIS-linked fighters, according to two US officials familiar.

Remains of 2 more US service members ID'd from North Korea

The US military says it has identified the remains of two additional American service members turned over by North Korea as part of the transfer of 55 cases last August after the first summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Lawmakers slam Trump's pick for defense secretary

The senior Democrat and Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee criticized acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan over a new policy which they say seeks to limit congressional oversight of the Pentagon.

US warns Syrian regime following allegations of chemical weapons use

The US State Department issued a warning to the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria on Tuesday, saying the US is closely watching the regime's military operations against a rebel enclave in northwest Syria and is looking into allegations that Assad's troops have used chemical weapons in recent days.

US Somalia mission could take seven years to complete

This week President Donald Trump signed an executive order extending a presidential declaration of a national emergency concerning Somalia for another year, calling the Islamist insurgency plaguing that country an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the US.