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Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan listens as President Trump speaks during a signing event for "Space Policy Directive 4" in the Oval Office of the White House in February. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Trump To Nominate Patrick Shanahan As Defense Secretary

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Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan was cleared by the Pentagon's Inspector General of allegations of ethics violations. Shanahan is seen here testifying at a House Armed Services Committee hearing last month. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the U.S. military install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas, in November. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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A Border Patrol officer inside his vehicle guards the fence near San Diego across the border from Tijuana, Mexico. Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP hide caption

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Troops To Be Deployed To Border To Build And Upgrade 160 Miles Of Fencing

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced his resignation on Thursday, following a decision by President Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria. He'll be replaced by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan starting in January. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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A border protection officer stands next to a recently upgraded section of fencing at the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, Calif., on Friday. The Pentagon says it will send 5,000 U.S. troops to the border. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Pentagon only recently made cybersecurity a priority, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report, which found vulnerabilities in weapons that are under development. Yuri Gripas/Reuters hide caption

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaking to reporters aboard an armored version of a 747 which functions as an airborne command post. David Welna/NPR hide caption

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In A Tumultuous Administration, Defense Secretary Endures

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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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