National Security National Security

National Security

A visitor peruses H&K rifles at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Such weapons were once restricted under a 1994 ban that expired with changing politics in the United States. John Locher/AP hide caption

toggle caption
John Locher/AP

Greg Craig, who was White House counsel under President Barack Obama, departs from the U.S. District Courthouse after a hearing on April 15. His trial begins Monday. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Zach Gibson/Getty Images

A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying a U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center mission launched Thursday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Walter Scriptunas II/Courtesy United Launch Alliance hide caption

toggle caption
Walter Scriptunas II/Courtesy United Launch Alliance

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is suing the Trump administration over what he claims was his wrongful termination and the defamation he endured at the time of his firing. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Cesar Sayoc was sentenced to 20 years in prison for mailing 16 inoperative pipe bombs to public figures seen as critical of President Trump in 2018. Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

toggle caption
Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP

An archived screenshot of 8chan, an online message board that shooters have used to post messages before their attacks, describes itself as "the darkest reaches of the Internet." Wayback Machine/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Wayback Machine/Screenshot by NPR

'Uniquely Lawless': Security Firm Drops 8chan Website Following El Paso Shooting

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/748179892/748181032" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Bangkok on Friday, said the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is now in effect. "Russia is solely responsible for the treaty's demise," he said. Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is re-examining a cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion, the Pentagon said Thursday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Pentagon Pauses $10 Billion Contract That Embroiled Amazon In Controversy

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/747374991/747504780" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.S. Federal Election Commission chief Ellen Weintraub has proposed new restrictions on foreign involvement in U.S. campaigns. A public comment period runs until the autumn. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Carolyn Kaster/AP

President Donald Trump urged Republicans to back the budget and debt deal ahead of Thursday's vote, but some still resisted increased federal spending without more cuts. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Carolyn Kaster/AP

Rep. John Ratcliffe, President Trump's nominee for the next director of national intelligence, listens as former special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill last week. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in January. Coats often operated behind the scenes, but when he spoke publicly, his assessments were often at odds with President Trump Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jose Luis Magana/AP

Dan Coats, Who Challenged President Trump, Is Ousted From Top Intelligence Job

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/696376152/746158311" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Border Patrol officer guards the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Nogales, Ariz., in February. The Supreme Court on Friday said the Trump administration could continue with its plan to use military funds to build a wall along sections of the southern border. Ariana Drehsler/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Ariana Drehsler/AFP/Getty Images

A human smuggling investigation by the military led to the arrest of 16 Marines on Thursday while carrying out a battalion formation at California's Camp Pendleton, a base about an hour's drive from the U.S.-Mexico border. Lenny Ignelzi/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Lenny Ignelzi/AP

Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., praised the work of state and local election officials in the past few years, but said, "There is still much work that remains to be done." J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

toggle caption
J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Senate Intel Committee Unveils Election Security Report In Wake Of Mueller Hearings

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/745205135/745392628" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Former special counsel Robert Mueller arrives for testimony before the House intelligence committee on Wednesday, his second hearing of the day. It's unclear what impact his long-sought testimony will have. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Alex Wong/Getty Images

In A Bitterly Divided Nation, Will Robert Mueller's Testimony Change Any Minds?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/745081195/745104508" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has been one of the most vocal 2020 contenders on election security and cybersecurity. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Charlie Neibergall/AP