DoD

The Pentagon has a leadership vacuum at the top as tensions with Iran rise
CQ on Congress podcast, Episode 158

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who is stepping aside, will be replaced Monday by Mark Esper, current secretary of the Army. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The departure of acting Defense Department Secretary Patrick Shanahan raises questions about who is advising President Donald Trump, who pulled back a planned military strike on Iran this week, says CQ defense reporter Andrew Clevenger in this episode of the CQ on Congress podcast. And Chris Lu, who served as Barack Obama's liaison to his Cabinet, says Trump's apparent preference for churn among his agency heads gives him more power to direct policy on his own.

Bracing for impact: Is the military climate-ready?

Just one of the buildings that line the roads throughout the Florida Panhandle, exhibiting the widespread damage that still remains from Hurricane Michael. Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call

When Hurricane Michael struck the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, it rolled right over the top of Tyndall Air Force Base, damaging nearly every single structure on the base and decimating much of the surrounding area.