Boiling point: McCain frustrations with Mattis, McMaster go public

Simmering tension between Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain and the Trump administration’s national security team over information sharing, the defense budget and Pentagon appointments boiled into public view last week.

Navy likely to be passed over for top Pacific Command spot

Four sources with knowledge of the discussions said U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the current commander of Pacific Air Forces, is the leading candidate for the spot. His confirmation would mark the first time in history the PACOM spot has not been filled by the Navy.

US Senate passes 2018 budget to tee up tax reform

Republicans, heading into midterm elections, crave a legislative win after the collapse of their healthcare reform efforts.

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