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President Donald Trump's nominee to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned during his Senate confirmation hearing that China would be the US's chief military rival for the next century.

"I think China is the main challenger to US national security over the next 50, 100 years," Milley told lawmakers. "I think some historian in 2119 will look back at this century, write a book, central theme of the story will be the relationship between the United States and China."

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You know what they say: If at first you don't succeed, keep plodding on for two decades with no hope for victory.

That's the story about the Afghanistan war in a nutshell.

Despite the fact that recruits will soon enter boot camp to train to fight in a war that began before they were born, Army Gen. Mark Milley said it is too soon to pull out of Afghanistan.

"I think pulling out prematurely would be a strategic mistake," Milley said during his July 11 confirmation hearing to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.'

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Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill/U.S. Army National Guard

Army Gen. Mark Milley defended the Pentagon's ban on certain transgender people joining the military during his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday.

The Pentagon's transgender policy became effective on April 12. It prevents potential recruits with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria from joining the military unless they have been medically stable for 36 months and if they have not yet had medical treatment to transition to a new gender.

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The day of the Army is upon us.

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper will be taking over as Acting Secretary of Defense, President Trump announced on Tuesday, as Patrick Shanahan withdrew his nomination.

The comes just a couple of months after Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley was officially nominated to take over as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

An defense official familiar with the matter confirmed to Task & Purpose that Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy will "more than likely" become Acting Army Secretary — his second time in that position.

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Army Vice Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. James McConville. Photo: Dana Clarke/U.S. Army

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville has been nominated by President Trump to take over as Chief, replacing Gen. Mark Miley.

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U.S. Army/Pierre Courtejoie

To paraphrase the legendary military theorist Carl von Clausewitz: Everything in small arms is simple, but the simplest thing is difficult.

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