Talk:Donald Trump achievements: Military, national security, and anti-terrorism

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Pentagon upgrades

The Pentagon will upgrade their email system. Good move, but not appropriate to me to add as an achievement.[1] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:40, 8 July 2017 (EDT)

The Army chose Austin as the site for its Futures Command, in the largest reorganization in about 45 years: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 This could very well be something we should add to the article -- the largest reorganization in 45 years is no small thing. However, this appears to just be an announcement, so I'm not sure. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 15 July 2018 (EDT)
I decided to add a mention of it. Here are some more sources, for future references: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 10:03, 16 July 2018 (EDT)
The Pentegon banned employees from using fitness apps or any other apps that use GPS-tracking software because of security concerns: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 19:12, 6 August 2018 (EDT)
More on the recruitment shortage: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:41, 8 October 2018 (EDT)
The Army is reportedly developing a new fitness test because of complaints of low troop readiness: [2] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:49, 7 February 2019 (EST)
Some F-35 upgrades: [3] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:54, 25 February 2019 (EST)
Special ops are changing their focus/mission toward countering powers such as Russia and China rather than terrorism: [4] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:05, 28 February 2019 (EST)
U.S. Abrams tanks are apparently going to get upgrades soon: [5] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:57, 11 March 2019 (EDT)
The Navy wants even more lethal aircraft carriers: [6] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:17, 22 March 2019 (EDT)
A relatively significant missile defense test by the U.S. military, though I don't know if it's significant enough to add to the article: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:19, 26 March 2019 (EDT)
Lockheed Martin is doing well during the Trump Administration: [7] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:53, 25 April 2019 (EDT)

Obviously not an upgrade, but the Army was unable to meet its recruiting goal for the first time in over a decade: [8] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:59, 21 September 2018 (EDT)

Another obvious non-upgrade, but the Heritage Foundation goes not think the U.S. military is sufficiently able to defend the country's interests: [9] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:17, 5 October 2018 (EDT)
A GAO audit found that almost all U.S. weapons systems are susepible to hacking: [10] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:02, 11 October 2018 (EDT)
A report commissioned by Congress has found that military superiority has seriously fallen: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 11:22, 15 November 2018 (EST)
The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service is considering allowing women to also be registered for a military draft: [11] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:20, 25 January 2019 (EST)
The Navy is changing the flag it flies on its ships back to what it was before 2002: [12] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:29, 27 February 2019 (EST)
Bad news -- the Navy is short by 6,200 sailors and was forced to cancel 2 deployments as a result: [13] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:05, 27 February 2019 (EST)
The Army announced a new badge that's intended to help increase lethality and effectiveness: [14] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:41, 15 June 2019 (EDT)

Congress is about to send Trump its first on-time Pentagon spending bill in 10 years: [15] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:39, 26 September 2018 (EDT)

Some good demands by the Senate in its proposed military budget: [16] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:53, 2 June 2019 (EDT)

Interesting article on 5 challenges that the military under Trump will face: [17] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:47, 25 November 2018 (EST)


Some more articles on its first-ever full audit, which is supposed to be completed by November 2018: 1,2,3 There appear to have been some smaller audits that the department performed, though (1,2,3,4,5). --1990'sguy (talk) 23:30, 7 June 2018 (EDT)

While probably unrelated to the audit, this is an interesting article on a whistleblower alleging the Pentagon is overspending on various things: [18] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:39, 29 August 2018 (EDT)
The audit is showing more problematic spending, as seen in this specific example: [19] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:36, 7 February 2019 (EST)
More Pentagon failures uncovered in the audit: [20] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:10, 12 April 2019 (EDT)


The Army is buying 473 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, in what appears to be an interesting purchase: [21] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:36, 27 June 2018 (EDT)

The Navy is finalizing the purchase of at least four (total) Ford Class aircraft carriers by 2020: [22] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:09, 29 June 2018 (EDT)
Interesting article on the F-35 planes that the Air Force and several other countries have ordered: [23] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:33, 22 July 2018 (EDT)
The Air Force is making a plan for new ICBMs: [24] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:56, 26 September 2018 (EDT)
The Marine Corps' new F-35 varient appears to be performing better than expected: [25] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:27, 10 October 2018 (EDT)
The Army will purchase improved camouflage: [26] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:29, 10 November 2018 (EST)
The Army might aquire improved intelligence technology: [27] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:18, 12 November 2018 (EST)
The Army is testing improved footwear for soldiers: [28] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:37, 15 January 2019 (EST)
The Navy wants to add thirty destroyers to its fleet: [29] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:28, 2 April 2019 (EDT)
The Coast Guard is ordering its first heavy icebreaker in over 40 years: [30] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:00, 24 April 2019 (EDT)
New uniforms that reflect WWII styles -- I don't see why they're necessary, but (hopefully) it wouldn't hurt either: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:02, 6 May 2019 (EDT)
The Army is fast-tracking an anti-drone weapon: [31] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:22, 9 May 2019 (EDT)
The U.S. has developed a missile that can kill terrorists without an explosion, thus not harming nearby civilians: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:57, 9 May 2019 (EDT)
The Navy has begun developing a new type of submarine: [32] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:08, 13 May 2019 (EDT)
Somewhat interesting article on special ops and the future of warfare in the U.S.: [33] --1990'sguy (talk) 02:02, 28 May 2019 (EDT)

Interesting article on U.S. nuclear weapon upgrades going on: [34] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:19, 4 October 2018 (EDT)

Debate over the condition of the U.S. nucelar arsenal as other countries upgrade theirs: [35] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:01, 23 May 2019 (EDT)

This article isn't exclusively focused on the U.S., but it discusses several advances military technologies being developed by the U.S. and its adversaries: [36] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:26, 20 April 2019 (EDT)

UN anti-nuclear weapon treaty

The United States is boycotting a UN treaty to ban the possession and use of nuclear weapons. This is good, but I'm not sure if it should be added as an achievement. This seems like default U.S. policy, and eight other nuclear nations (the only nuclear nations in the world) also refused to take part.[37] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:42, 8 July 2017 (EDT)

Aircraft carriers

Although this new class of aircraft carriers was not a Trump Administration idea, they are beginning to be commissioned in his administration and are thus increasing the number of U.S. aircraft carriers and Navy ships.[38] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:21, 13 July 2017 (EDT)

The Trump Administration won't retire the USS Truman early, as it originally appeared: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:32, 30 April 2019 (EDT)

Voter fraud commission

The establishment of the voter fraud commission is an achievement regardless of what happens next (someone is making the effort to simply check for voter fraud), but it will be interesting to see what happens with the controversy around it: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:46, 13 July 2017 (EDT)

So the voter fraud commission was disbanded, but contrary to what the White House said earlier, the data it collected will be destroyed: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 10:12, 10 January 2018 (EST)
I added some of this to the article, but maybe it should be moved to the "failures" section, at least partially? --1990'sguy (talk) 22:57, 16 January 2018 (EST)

More on voter fraud

The DOJ found 19 migrants who voted in the 2016 election: 1,2,3 While good, this probably isn't significant enough to add to the article, but I am mentioning it here regardless. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:13, 29 August 2018 (EDT)

The Trump Administration subpoenaed documents related to voting in NC because of this: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:43, 6 September 2018 (EDT)
Trump is expected to sign an order to impose sanctions on any country/company that interferes in U.S. elections: [39] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:26, 11 September 2018 (EDT)

State Dept. reorganization

The State Department is thinking about eliminating their cyber office. Something to watch.[40][41] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:44, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

The State Department sent a re-organization plan to Congress that includes closing the office: [42] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:43, 29 August 2017 (EDT)

Transgender military ban

Despite Trump announcing the ban, it will not go into effect until an official action is made.[43][44] We will see what happens. Hopefully, this ban will actually happen. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:54, 27 July 2017 (EDT)

The Trump Administration has started coordinating with the Pentagon for the implementation of the ban.[45][46] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:40, 31 July 2017 (EDT)
The Coast Guard chief has stated his won't follow the transgender ban.[47] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:38, 4 August 2017 (EDT)
According to WaPo, Defense Secretary Mattis recently recommended against a transgender ban: [48] The ban is uncertain either way because of the court blocks. However, the Trump Administration did delay it and studied it to make sure the military would not be harmed by it, so it is still an achievement regardless of what happens (though it might have to be re-worded a bit). --1990'sguy (talk) 21:33, 21 March 2018 (EDT)
Since 2016, the military has spent $8 million on transgender troops: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:39, 2 March 2019 (EST)

Legal challenges

Several courts have ruled against the transgender ban, and the Pentagon appears to have caved and will accept transgender recruits starting January 1 (1,2,3,4,5). I don't think this is over, as the DOJ is still fighting (1,2,3,4). --1990'sguy (talk) 23:30, 11 December 2017 (EST)

The DOJ will be forced to admit transgender people on January 1, but it says it is not abandoning the case: [49] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:34, 29 December 2017 (EST)
The DOJ and DOD have been criticized for not fighting hard enough for the Trump Administration's position on the transgender ban: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:47, 2 January 2018 (EST)
The first transgender reqruit just joined the military: 1,2,3,4,5,6 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:56, 26 February 2018 (EST)
Yet another ruling by a leftist judge: [50] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:51, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
The D.C. Circuit Court ruled in favor of the ban: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 10:47, 4 January 2019 (EST)
Another lower court ruled in favor of the ban while the SCOTUS, and another lower court, reviews it: [51] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:22, 16 June 2019 (EDT)

McMaster dumping conservatives from the NSC

McMaster has fired another conservative NSC member.[52][53][54] This is unfortunate and something to watch. This has happened several times already. McMaster belongs to the WH Democrats and must go. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:57, 2 August 2017 (EDT)

This Breitbart article shows the situation is not good at the NSC. Also, McMaster did not fire the Obama holdovers there -- only the conservatives and anti-globalists. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:52, 2 August 2017 (EDT)
If this is true, this is good: "Trump reportedly thinking about making Mike Pompeo national security adviser, shipping H.R. McMaster to Afghanistan" --1990'sguy (talk) 23:07, 2 August 2017 (EDT)
Turns out, McMaster worked for a liberal thinktank that supported the Iran nuclear deal: [55] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:14, 7 August 2017 (EDT)

Other appointments news

A Trump political appointee apparently resigned (pressured?) after he made controversial Facebook posts: [56] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:22, 4 April 2018 (EDT)

Mattis apparently (and unsurprisingly) is stalling at advancing Trump's agenda, and Trump has shut him out of important decisionmaking: [57][58][59] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:55, 25 June 2018 (EDT)

I removed the info below from the article because the last time the media reported about Ezra Cohen-Watnick, he had still not actually been hired to the DOJ -- the hiring process is taking a long time, and I don't want to add an appointment that is still being processed. Also, Watnick appears to be a great appointment, but he's not particularly significant other than that he was strongly opposed by the establishment (which might still be significant enough). Here are some more sources: [60][61] Here is the info I removed: *April 2018—Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a conservative former National Security Council official, was hired as Attorney General Jeff Sessions's national security adviser.Multiple references:

Trump is getting some big opportunities at reshaping the U.S. military's top commanders: [62][63] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:16, 19 August 2018 (EDT)

Interesting case of a Trump supporter at the Pentagon who got his security clearance revoked: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:48, 26 August 2018 (EDT)
More on this: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 13:41, 11 October 2018 (EDT)
Mattis's firing/resignation may allow pro-Trump people to be appointed to Pentagon positions, something Mattis tried to stop: [64] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:15, 26 December 2018 (EST)
A decent article discussing Patrick Shanahan, who will become the new acting DoD secretary in a few days: [65] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:21, 30 December 2018 (EST)
Jim Webb would be an excellent choice of Secretary of Defense: 1,2 I hope Trump chooses him. --1990'sguy (talk) 11:07, 4 January 2019 (EST)
Unfortunately, Trump strongly implied that Webb isn't under consideration: [66] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:32, 5 January 2019 (EST)
Shanahan seems publicaly supportive of Trump's immigration policies and stance against China: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:38, 5 January 2019 (EST)
Shanahan will not be Defense Secretary, with Army Secretary Mark Esper becoming Acting Defense Secretary -- he also appears to hold tough-on-China positions, which is good: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:38, 18 June 2019 (EDT)
More on Esper -- he appears to support Trump's DoD deployment on the border but doesn't particularly support the transgender ban: [67] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:33, 18 June 2019 (EDT)

Gitmo news

The State Department is still operating the office that oversees the efforts to close Guantanamo Bay.[68] Hopefully the Trump Administration will take action on this issue and stop this. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:24, 5 August 2017 (EDT)

The U.S. probably will repatriate a Gitmo detainee to Saudi Arabia, something which appears to have been part of a plea deal agreed upon in 2014: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:08, 20 March 2018 (EDT)
This transfer just happened: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:37, 2 May 2018 (EDT)

Military refuses to remove Confederate names from base

Good news, in that the U.S. Army refused to remove Confederate names from a military base in New York.[69][70] A nice change from what we've seen in various city governments. --1990'sguy (talk) 17:13, 7 August 2017 (EDT)

Also, the Virginia Military Institute refused to remove Confederate statues from its grounds: [71] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:18, 12 September 2017 (EDT)

Other "SJW" issues in the military

Good news: Air Force Lt. Col. Leland Bohannon, who was disciplined for refusing to sign a card expressing appreciation for a homosexual "wedding", just won his appeal: 1,2,3,4,5,6 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:50, 6 April 2018 (EDT)

While not a clear "SJW" issue, the Navy is relaxing its rules to allow ponytails and dreadlocks for women sailors: [72] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:08, 13 July 2018 (EDT)

Nuclear arsenal upgrades

President Trump stated that he modernized the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal (1,2,3). This is good news. I won't add this, at least yet, because his tweet (how we know about it) is very ambiguous, and this article seems to dispute this (I have respect for the Washington Examiner, which tends to be relatively conservative). --1990'sguy (talk) 22:49, 9 August 2017 (EDT)

According to this article, the Obama Administration was responsible for some modernization efforts: [73] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:02, 22 April 2018 (EDT)
The Pentagon is planning on making changes to the nuclear communications system: [74] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:37, 21 July 2018 (EDT)
Here's a concerning development: the defense bill going through Congress would (at least in the Senate-approved version) would make the National Nuclear Security Administration an independent agency not under any other authority (it's currently under the Energy Department): [75] "Senior members" of both parties oppose it, along with the Trump Administration, but for some reason, it's very hard for them to actually remove it. --1990'sguy (talk) 09:03, 23 July 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration is proposing a $500 billion (over 10 years) bill to upgrade the nuclear arsinal: [76] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:46, 25 January 2019 (EST)
Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Dunford opposes a "no first use" policy, as many Democrats are advocating for -- good for Dunford: [77] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:04, 15 March 2019 (EDT)

Antifa --> terrorist organization

There is a White House petition to label the Antifa a terrorist organization, and it has received well over the minimum required signatures (including my own, actually) to get an official WH response: 1,2,3,4 Hopefully, the Trump Administration will act on this. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:28, 23 August 2017 (EDT)

Unrelated to the above, Trump may end an Obama-era program supposed to fight domestic terrorism: [78] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:20, 1 November 2018 (EDT)

Drug cartels

Trump stated in an interview that he's considering designating drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations: [79] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:33, 12 March 2019 (EDT)

Muslim Brotherhood

Trump is reportedly planning on designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization -- a good decision, if it happens: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 --1990'sguy (talk) 08:55, 30 April 2019 (EDT)

Afghanistan -- war authority

The Trump Administration is still operating the war in Afghanistan under an authority enacted by the Obama Administration in June 2016 -- this authority actually seems like a good one, but it replaced one also by Obama that severely restricted the operations of the U.S. military in fighting terrorists.[80] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:00, 25 August 2017 (EDT)

Unrelated to the above, the U.S. Air Force killed over 220 Taliban in the last four days: [81] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:07, 15 August 2018 (EDT)
The U.S. killed the most high-ranking Taliban member since 2016: 1,2,3,4 I considered adding it to the article, but since the U.S. is at war in Afghanistan, rather than simply doing anti-terrorist operations, it might be better to keep it out. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:58, 13 December 2018 (EST)
Another, somewhat related, source: [82] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:58, 13 December 2018 (EST)

More "war powers" news

Trump renewed the proclamation giving the presidency extra power, which was originally enacted just after 9/11 and annually renewed ever since: [83] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:55, 10 September 2018 (EDT)

Trump signed an order reversing an Obama-era order requiring the government to report civilian casualities from military drones: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:59, 6 March 2019 (EST)
Dispute between Pompeo and Senator Rand Paul on this topic: [84] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:45, 14 April 2019 (EDT)

Potential pictures

The U.S. Pacific Command Twitter account has some good pictures (I'm sure all the divisions of the military and broader government do as well), and these have caught my eye. But I will post these here for now:

--1990'sguy (talk) 09:09, 11 September 2017 (EDT)

Defeating ISIS

Interesting article on whether the Obama or Trump Administration played a bigger role in defeating ISIS: [85] The content may or may not be true, but it is still interesting. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 7 October 2017 (EDT)

This is a potentially interesting article on anti-terrorism actions in general, though it's an older article: [86] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:01, 25 July 2018 (EDT)
The Treasury Department enacted sanctions on three ISIS recruiters in Southeast Asia: [87][88] This is obviously great, but is may not be significant enough to add to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:17, 24 August 2018 (EDT)
Pat Shanahan's prediction on this: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:08, 29 January 2019 (EST)
The U.S. is considering keeping the anti-ISIS coalition operating: [89] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:23, 9 April 2019 (EDT)

This commentator believes that Trump's counterterrorism strategy is a continuation of the Obama Administration's policies: [90] I haven't added it since it's more of a commentary article, written by a liberal commentator who opposes Trump's policies in the first place. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:08, 5 October 2018 (EDT)

Military budget

Trump signed a large military budget bill,[91][92][93] which also legislatively enacts a ban on Kaspersky Lab software.[94][95][96][97] However, this bill does not actually become law until the 2011 sequester law is repealed, so there is no use putting this in the article yet. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:26, 13 December 2017 (EST)

Obama holdovers and national security

Apparently, Obama holdovers at the National Nuclear Security Administration, in the DoE, are undermining U.S. nuclear security through a lack of cooperation with Russia: [98] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:32, 19 December 2017 (EST)

Opposing the Trump agenda

The Pentagon may be inflating proposed costs to kill the Trump Administration's military parade and Space Force plans: [99] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:31, 2 October 2018 (EDT)

Intelligence community

According to this article, Trump has greater trust in the CIA, with a few exceptions: [100] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:34, 17 December 2018 (EST)

Trump criticized the intelligence community for its Iran assessment: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 11:29, 30 January 2019 (EST)
More comments: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:14, 31 January 2019 (EST)

Interesting articles

Here's an interesting article on President Trump's progress with his agenda related to the military: [101] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:27, 26 December 2017 (EST)

This article, listing twelve times Trump's decisions/statements surprised the Pentagon, is interesting: [102] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:36, 29 July 2018 (EDT)
The U.S. under Trump is pushing to create a biometric system (which could violate the 4th Amendment), based on a March 2017 executive order and a law signed by Obama: [103] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:41, 13 March 2019 (EDT)
The Pentagon says it plans on making sexual harassment a criminal offense: [104] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:15, 2 May 2019 (EDT)
Some good statements by Trump during the Air Force Academy's commencement: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 16:15, 30 May 2019 (EDT)
Other good statements: [105] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:36, 5 June 2019 (EDT)

Middle East cargo restrictions

The Trump Administration is tightening screenings of imports from the Middle East: 1,2,3,4,5,6 This is a good move, but I'm not sure if it should be included, due to it appearing to be in response to a specific threat(s), rather than simply implementing a conservative agenda. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 28 January 2018 (EST)

It's another thing Obama and Hillary wouldn't do, but adding it probably would water-down the list. Still, it's good to know! --David B (TALK) 18:43, 22 March 2018 (EDT)

National security threats

The intelligence community discussed its Worldwide Threat Assessment, which seems interesting although I don't think it should be added as an achievement: [106] Also, U.S. Pacific commander Andy Harris (who was just nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Australia) believes that the U.S. is not doing enough to confront China: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:32, 14 February 2018 (EST)

I agree with Harris - a few tariffs aren't going to do it. They hold a huge amount of our debt, and so it's like we are just letting them do what they want. They are openly aggressive towards us, which means that more than ever, we need to counter their sabre-rattling and make sure that we posses enough military force that they dare not escalate. --David B (TALK) 18:41, 22 March 2018 (EDT)

The Commerce Department has stated that building a 5G network is a Trump Administration priority, partly for national security reasons: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:02, 1 May 2018 (EDT)

The FCC will soon take action on creating a 5G network: [107] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:56, 4 September 2018 (EDT)
Another article on the 5G issue, framing it as competition between the U.S. and China: [108] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:39, 5 December 2018 (EST)
Other (older) articles on the 5G issue: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 20:56, 27 December 2018 (EST)
Trump is reportedly preparing a plan to help 5G and AI technology: [109] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:01, 6 February 2019 (EST)
Trump publicly put his support behind advancing to 5G: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 11:05, 21 February 2019 (EST)
However, he's taking a weaker stance on blocking foreign technology, which might be concerning: [110] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:40, 21 February 2019 (EST)
A somewhat interesting op-ed related to Trump's AI order: [111] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:52, 25 February 2019 (EST)
The FCC approved a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, reportedly to advance 5G in the U.S.: [112] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:04, 20 May 2019 (EDT)
The Trump Administration is considering requiring 5G equipment used in the U.S. to be made outside China: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 00:20, 24 June 2019 (EDT)

Interesting article on the EMP threat to the U.S.: [113] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:48, 16 October 2018 (EDT)

The U.S. Navy is taking steps to increase its dominence in the Arctic Ocean: [114] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:36, 27 December 2018 (EST)

The Energy Department is warning staff not to join foreign recruitment programs, to avoid sensitive information falling into foreign hands: [115] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:44, 2 February 2019 (EST)
The administration is apparently drafting an Artic defense strategy that's expected to have a focus on China: [116] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:15, 16 March 2019 (EDT)

More articles on the alleged U.S. cyber attacks on Russia: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 10:09, 18 June 2019 (EDT)

National security against China

Here's something to watch: in April, the FCC will vote on at least one measure to protect U.S. national security: [117] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:21, 27 March 2018 (EDT)

Related to the Broadcom info I recently added, the company recently moved its headquarters to the U.S. despite Trump blocking its proposed acquisition for national security reasons: [118] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:52, 4 April 2018 (EDT)
China apparently is increasing hacking of American computers/entities: [119] Hopefully, Trump will retaliate. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:41, 10 April 2018 (EDT)
The FCC just began making official that measure I mentioned above, protecting U.S. national security against China: 1,2,3,4,4 If/When it becomes official, we should add it to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 14:23, 17 April 2018 (EDT)
In other news, the Trump Administration is considering the hiring of Chinese technology graduates in order to protect American research: [120] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 2 May 2018 (EDT)
Also, the Trump Administration is considering other actions against China: 1,2,3 The Pentagon already banned the selling of phones made by certain Chinese companies on its military bases because the phones might be used to spy on American servicemen.[121] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 2 May 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration was going to release a plan to restrict Chinese investment in the U.S., but it has apparently delayed this action due to the trade talks: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 19:08, 21 May 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration is reportedly moving forward with its plan to reduce the time certain Chinese people can stay in the U.S.: [122] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:12, 29 May 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration may institute investment restrictions against China, though Mnuchin disputed this, possibly because the restrictions will apply to every country (which would probably be even better): 12,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:09, 25 June 2018 (EDT)
However, Peter Navarro said that the restrictions won't be worldwide, so I guess we'll see whose position will win out: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:14, 25 June 2018 (EDT)
Now, Trump has denied these reports and stated he will use the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to fight against it instead (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11) -- the problem with this is that the Treasury Department recommended this to Trump, and CFIUS is chaired by the Treasury Secretary. --1990'sguy (talk) 10:38, 27 June 2018 (EDT)
Here are some more (older) articles on the FCC/federal government's actions against China's telecom companies: 1,2,3,4 Additionally, Trump might sign an executive order in January taking even more action against them, and hopefully, he will: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:16, 29 December 2018 (EST)
A U.S. ban has reportedly forced the large startup Fujian Jinhua to go out of business: [123] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:43, 31 January 2019 (EST)
China is working to prevent the U.S. from securing its electric grid: [124] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:21, 5 June 2019 (EDT)

A Chinese company, COSCO, may take over the company that runs America's largest container port -- something the Treasury Department is investigating because of national security concerns: [125] This is something to watch. --1990'sguy (talk) 15:27, 29 May 2018 (EDT)

The Trump Administration and ZTE apparently signed a tentative deal to allow the latter resume operations in the U.S.: 1,2,3 Since this deal appears to have been tentative, rather than one that went into effect (though the articles were not clear), I won't add a mention of this. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:26, 6 June 2018 (EDT)
The WSJ article is a bit clearer in noting that nothing's official/effective yet: [126] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:37, 7 June 2018 (EDT)
This may not be directly related to national security, but Chinese investment in the U.S. has dropped dramatically since it peaked in 2016: [127] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:05, 17 June 2018 (EDT)
The NTIA is recommending that the FCC block China Mobile from entering the U.S. telecommunications market: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:08, 2 July 2018 (EDT)
Some U.S. Senators are concerned about DoD research grants going to colleges with "Confucius Institutes", which the Chinese government runs: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 16:59, 20 August 2018 (EDT)
The Chinese military reportedly is secretly putting scientists into U.S. universities: [128] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:31, 30 October 2018 (EDT)
The U.S. might restrict its rules for Chinese students coming into the country out of fear of espionage: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 08:58, 29 November 2018 (EST)
Interesting article on China's likely influence attempts: [129] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:03, 30 November 2018 (EST)
Interesting article on the Chinese Communist Party's international influence attempts: [130] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:11, 30 November 2018 (EST)
The DOJ states that 90% of economic espionage that involve any nation-state are from China: [131] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:45, 12 December 2018 (EST)
More on this topic: [132] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:11, 13 December 2018 (EST)
China is reportedly sending thousands of spies to American colleges: [133] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:38, 6 April 2019 (EDT)
China's spying is a threat to the U.S.: [134] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:23, 28 April 2019 (EDT)
Some good statements by Pompeo on China and Huawei: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:18, 29 May 2019 (EDT)
Acting OMB administrator Vought is asking for a delay in the Trump Administration's Huawei restrictions: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:34, 9 June 2019 (EDT)

Here's an interesting article on how China's investment in the U.S. threatens the latter's sovereignty: [135] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:56, 22 June 2018 (EDT)

In 2018, China launched over twice as many rockets into space than the U.S., which is worrisome: [136] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:49, 21 March 2019 (EDT)

The U.S. may enact export controls on AI and robots because of China: [137] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:20, 28 November 2018 (EST)

John Bolton called for legislation banning imports from China that rely on intellectual property theft: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:10, 4 December 2018 (EST)
This lawsuit is causing Trump allies to warn the administration, as it may be benefiting China: [138] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:57, 11 January 2019 (EST)
A few months ago, the Trump Administration called on U.S. allies to stop using the Chinese company Huawei: [139] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:32, 12 January 2019 (EST)
Trump might sign a major order banning Chinese telecom equipment by the end of the month: [140] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:11, 7 February 2019 (EST)
This order appears to be stalled, and Trump doesn't seem favorable toward it: [141] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:40, 21 February 2019 (EST)
More on this (1,2,3,4,5,6) -- a ban on Huawei and ZTE seems like a good thing, but I can sort of see why no action might also be helpful. Either way, hopefully, Trump will find a way to both protect U.S. national security and promote advances in 5G development. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:41, 21 February 2019 (EST)
John Carney of Breitbart does not think that Trump's tweet on this matter signals a weakening of his position on Huawei and other Chinese companies/technology: [142] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:06, 21 February 2019 (EST)
The U.S. is trying to get its allies to stop using Huawei: [143] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:15, 15 March 2019 (EDT)
The Pengaton is considering using technology from Nokia and Ericsson to develop 5G: [144] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:22, 26 March 2019 (EDT)
Fortunately, Trump is concerned about Huawei hiring a former Obama Administration official as a lobbyist: [145] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:30, 15 April 2019 (EDT)
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is recommending blocking China Mobile from entering the U.S. market because of national security concerns: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:58, 17 April 2019 (EDT)
The Trump Administration wants the courts to go easy on Qualcomm in an antitrust case so it can compete against Chinese companies in developing 5G: [146] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:08, 6 May 2019 (EDT)
Trump will reportedly sign that executive order this week (that he had been reported to have been planning to sign for many months already) to ban Huawei, though this article states the signing may be delayed yet again: [147] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:36, 14 May 2019 (EDT)
The Commerce Department may possibly reduce some of the restrictions it enacted against Huawei, this coming from the agency's own spokeswoman: [148] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:57, 17 May 2019 (EDT)
Google and Android have suspended some activities they did with Huawei: 1,2,3,4,5,6 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:56, 20 May 2019 (EDT)
The U.S. may blacklist the Chinese security company Hikvision: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 01:41, 22 May 2019 (EDT)
FedEx is trying to enforce the Trump Administration ban, though it appears to be bending to Chinese pressure: [149] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:12, 24 June 2019 (EDT)

The Commerce Department will reportedly move to further restrict tech exports to China -- hopefully, this will happen soon: [150] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:19, 23 May 2019 (EDT)

Trump and Islam

This is a detailed and interesting article on the Iftar dinner Trump hosted, so I'm putting it here for future reference, though it's heavily biased against him, so it shouldn't be added to the article: [151] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:05, 10 June 2018 (EDT)

Interesting article (which might possibly be good to add) on how the Trump Administration is taking steps to reform Islam: [152] I would add it, if it weren't (at least my takeaway) so speculative. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:48, 7 August 2018 (EDT)
On second thought, I added it. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:50, 7 August 2018 (EDT)

Space force

Trump reportedly directed the Pentagon to begin the process of creating a space force: 1,2,3,4,5,6 This might be something to add, but I don't see any signs, besides a statement from a WH press secretary, that this was an official action, and it might be too early to add. --1990'sguy (talk) 17:29, 18 June 2018 (EDT)

I've been hearing the news too. It might be okay to add it now, though I don't know what this branch will look like or do. We are restricted by the U.N. and international treaties as to what we can do militarily in space. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. --David B (TALK) 19:21, 18 June 2018 (EDT)
If this was an actual action that Trump made, then I would definitely support adding it -- and I am now leaning toward adding it. Hopefully, the Trump Administration (or any other administration) will choose to put U.S. law/interests above the UN and "international law." --1990'sguy (talk) 22:09, 18 June 2018 (EDT)
Mattis made some interesting statements on why he changed his position on creating a space force: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:59, 12 August 2018 (EDT)
Another article on this, with a different perspective: [153] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:33, 13 August 2018 (EDT)
Interesting (apparently unofficial) update on the Space Force: [154] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:57, 25 October 2018 (EDT)
More on this: [155] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:17, 29 November 2018 (EST)
Trump will reportedly sign an executive order to create a Space Command soon: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:30, 17 December 2018 (EST)
China's unmanned moon landing could help the chances of a Space Force creation: [156] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:03, 10 January 2019 (EST)
Shanahan is apparently supporting a "watered-down" version of the Space Force: [157] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:58, 29 January 2019 (EST)
More on this plan: [158] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:50, 3 February 2019 (EST)
Trump nominated a general to lead the U.S. Space Command: [159] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:30, 26 March 2019 (EDT)
The Air Force hasn't chosen any potential bases yet for Space Command: [160] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:43, 8 April 2019 (EDT)

Military parade

The proposed military parade will be postponed until next year: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:24, 16 August 2018 (EDT)

Trump stated that he cancelled it (possibly next year, but not certain, apparently) because of the high cost, the fault of D.C. politicians, but he'll attend two other parades later this year: 1,2,3,4,5,6 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:18, 17 August 2018 (EDT)

NSA phone surveillance

The NSA is considering ending its phone surveillance program, and the Trump Administration might not ask Congress to renew that authority, both of which seem like very good things: 1,2--1990'sguy (talk) 23:00, 5 March 2019 (EST)