President Trump’s national security team was “blindsided” by his failure to reaffirm commitment to Article 5 collective self-defense at the NATO summit in May (Politico).
At Take Care, Leah Litman and Helen Klein Murillo argue that President Trump’s statements on the London attacks providing disturbing insight into how he might react to similar events in the United States.
The recent arrest of an intelligence contractor for leaking NSA documents isn’t the beginning of a “war on leaks”, argues Nicholas Weaver (Lawfare).
Leaked photos of the Manchester bombing scene published by U.S. news outlets jeopardize national security, explains Laura Mallonee (Wired).
The Pentagon’s proposed measures to track weapons provided to Syrian rebels are insufficient for true accountability, according to arms-control experts (WaPo).
The Pentagon has confirmed an additional 100 civilian casualties in the U.S. air campaign against ISIS, bringing the acknowledged civilians death toll to 484 (WaPo).
Defense Secretary James Mattis sought to quell foreign allies’ concerns over the Trump administration agenda at an Asian defense summit over the weekend (WaPo).
Michael Flynn may have decided to delay a U.S. military action opposed by the Turkish government after his consulting firm received payment from the Turkish government, writes Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (The Hill).
President Trump’s announcement that his administration concluded a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia is fake news, writes Bruce Riedel at Lawfare.
U.S. officials believe that Russian hackers planted fake news stories which have contributed to rising tensions in the Gulf region (The Hill).