The Pentagon is a building located outside of Washington, DC that houses the US Department of Defense. It is one of the largest office buildings in the world.
The Pentagon was built in 1943 in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington. It occupies some 6.5 million square feet and houses roughly 23,000 civilian and military employees. During the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the side of the building, killing 189 people. The term "the Pentagon" is often used to refer to the US Defense Department as a whole. Here is a collection of all of DW's content on the Pentagon.
In a surprising escalation of tensions over an ongoing political crisis, Trump has raised the prospect of military action in Venezuela. The Pentagon has said the White House has not issued any orders to the military.
President Trump's ban on transgender people from serving in the military, announced via a series of tweets, features sketchy math and may not have been coordinated with the Pentagon. But it could affect thousands.
Missile tests, bellicose rhetoric, a US detainee's mysterious death: Could diplomacy work with Pyongyang's rogue regime? Former US defense chief and North Korean envoy William Perry offers insights in a DW interview.
Civilian casualties from US-led coalition strikes have increased sharply, according to data from the Pentagon. Rights groups have warned of increased casualties ahead of an operation to recapture Raqqa in Syria.
The Pentagon has started an investigation into whether President Trump's former adviser Michael Flynn received payments from firms connected to the Russian government. It's not the only inquiry into his ties to Russia.