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Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan at the Pentagon on Monday. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Pentagon's No. 2 Watches The Money — And The Future

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks at the Pentagon Monday. The military received a big boost in funding last week, raising the overall budget to $700 billion this year. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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How The Pentagon Plans To Spend That Extra $61 Billion

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The Bastille Day festivities in Paris last summer gave President Trump the inspiration to call for a military parade in Washington. But the Pentagon says there will be no tanks in its parade in November. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Fitness data collected by the Strava exercise tracking company shows movements of personnel at U.S. and allied bases in Afghanistan and elsewhere, analysts say. Strava Heat Map; Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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"Beginning in 2018, our audits will occur annually, with reports issued Nov. 15," Defense Department Comptroller David L. Norquist said in announcing the Pentagon's first-ever audit. Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. Marine looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking hide caption

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, seen here in June, has been relatively quiet about President Trump's call for a ban on transgender service members in the U.S. military. New guidelines would give him leeway to determine who should serve. Matthias Schrader/AP hide caption

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Trump's Transgender Ban In Military Will Focus On New Enlistments

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An American helicopter hovers over a NATO convoy struck by a suicide bomb Wednesday. The Pentagon says the attack, which unfolded near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, killed two U.S. service members. STR/AP hide caption

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A Chinese J-10 fighter jet, the same model that intercepted U.S. aircraft earlier this week over the East China Sea, takes off from a runway in mainland China in 2014. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Medics and nurses load an injured American soldier onto a helicopter during the Iraq war. The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program is aimed at immigrants with special skills, such as in medicine. John Moore/AP hide caption

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Eugene Kaspersky, founder and chief executive officer of Kaspersky Lab, at his office in Moscow last December. Kaspersky and his firm have ties to the Russian government but say that should not be cause for concern in the West, where the company's cybersecurity software is widely used. Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Congress Casts A Suspicious Eye On Russia's Kaspersky Lab

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Iraqis inspect the damage in Mosul's al-Jadida area on March 26, one week after a U.S. airstrike in the same area killed more than 100 civilians. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pentagon Blames 105 Civilian Deaths From Mosul Strike On 'Secondary Explosion'

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A photo provided by Eglin Air Force Base shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target on Thursday, the first-ever combat use of the weapon. Eglin Air Force Base/AP hide caption

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Inside DARPA, The Pentagon Agency Whose Technology Has 'Changed the World'

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