Beloved readers: Your trusted Pentagon correspondent apologizes for not sending out a Run-Down last week.There was a lot going on. In just four days, the Defense Department failed its first audit; a woman was selected for the Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course for the first time since 1981; and two Navy SEALs and two Marine Corps Special Operations Command Raiders were charged with murdering a Green Beret.

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Photo illustration by Brad Howard.

President Trump wants a new branch of the military to seek out new and new civilizations and boldly kill what no U.S. troops have killed before.

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Film Magic / Gabe Ginsberg; Marine Corps / Cpl. Samantha Braun.

Best known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Sir Patrick Stewart has found a kindred spirit in Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.

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Film Magic / Gabe Ginsberg; Marine Corps / Cpl. Samantha Braun.

Von Clausewitz. Sun Tzu. Gene Roddenberry?

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Air Force / Staff Sgt. C. Todd Lopez.

Space may be the final frontier, but it also provides the Pentagon a new opportunity to create a really crappy uniform.

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