New Secretary of Defense

Patrick M. Shanahan has been named the acting Secretary of Defense, replacing outgoing SecDef James Mattis. Shanahan was named the 33rd Deputy Secretary of Defense on July 19, 2017. Before that, he served as a senior vice president at Boeing. “As acting secretary of defense, I now look forward to working with President Trump to…

Updated AUMF

U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in proposing legislation to replace the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) with an updated AUMF against al-Qaida, the Taliban, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  The legislation, cosponsored by Senators Jeff Flake…