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Coast Guard, working without pay in a government shutdown, sees a surge in West Coast migrant intercepts

The U.S. Coast Guard saw a nearly fivefold increase in the number of migrants it intercepted off the coast of Southern California in 2018, underscoring the challenge that will remain in stopping illegal migration even if President Trump secures funding for his southern border wall.

Troops to remain on border through September for surveillance, detection mission

Active-duty U.S. troops, expected to conclude their support mission on the Mexican border this month, will remain through September on a mobile surveillance and detection mission, Defense Department officials announced late Monday.

US military planning its first-ever missile test around Okinawa, report says

The U.S. military has informed the Japan Self-Defense Forces of plans to conduct a missile test around Okinawa later this year as a deterrent against an increasingly assertive China, according to Japan's Sankei newspaper.

More than 500,000 servicemembers now enrolled in new Blended Retirement System

More than 500,000 servicemembers are now enrolled in the Defense Department's new Blended Retirement System, the largest change to the military's retirement benefit since World War II, according to the Pentagon.

Trump vows to 'devastate' Turkish economy if U.S.-backed Kurds are attacked

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo crisscrossed the Middle East this week to explain the U.S. military withdrawal from Syria, he repeated that he was "confident" and "optimistic" that he was nearing a deal with Turkey on a mutually agreeable exit plan.

Top U.S. Navy officer to meet Chinese counterpart amid military and trade tensions

The U.S. Navy's top officer will meet with his Chinese counterpart in China next week as the two powers seek to tamp down rising military and trade tensions.