Turnover in the top ranks of the Defense Department is so bad that members of Congress are demanding an explanation. The disarray began when Jim Mattis resigned as defense secretary last December, after President Donald Trump announced his plan to withdraw troops from Syria as the U.S. battled the Islamic State group. In June, Mattis’ fill-in, former Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, whose nomination was never formally submitted to the Senate, abruptly quit after allegations of ...

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