Austin, a retired four-star Army general, served in the military for 40 years including as the first Black general to lead U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East.
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In a speech blending humor with a serious message, the former secretary of defense also quoted a warning by Lincoln against a leader "unfettered by conscience, precedent or decency."
The military gave no details on the departure timeline for the more than 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria "out of concern for operational security."
The Department of Homeland Security requested the troops. President Trump says he is intent on stopping any people in a migrant caravan from crossing the U.S. border.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis prevailed on a number of policy decisions in the first year of the Trump administration, but his positions have been rejected many times in the second year.
The president spoke briefly to reporters before he took a helicopter to Annapolis, Md., where he touted the U.S. military buildup in a commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy.
It's little known that the CIA uses Amazon Web Services to store its data, and, now, it's the favorite for a big-money Pentagon contract to do the same. Amazon's tentacles go to other agencies, too.
Lt. Col. Bryan (Bree) Fram says the Trump administration's latest move to limit military service by transgender troops will make them second-class citizens and put their lives at risk.