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Bradley Peniston

Brad Peniston Manag, ... ] Bradley Peniston is deputy editor of Defense One. A national-security journalist for two decades, he helped launch Military.com, served as managing editor of Defense News, and was editor of Armed Forces Journal. His books include No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf, now part of the Chief of Naval Operations' Professional Reading Program.
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B-52 base preps for round-the-clock alert; US-backed Syrians win race to Deir ez-Zor; Extremist attacks killed almost 200 this weekend; Details emerge about Niger incident; and just a bit more...

9:55 AM ET Exclusive: U.S. Air Force tells its bomber force to get ready for 24-hour ready-to-fly status. At Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, they’re rehabbing runwayside ready rooms unused since 1991, reports Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air...

US sends investigators to Niger; Raqqa, liberated; CIA corrects director’s election statement; Watch drone video of border-wall prototypes; and just a bit more...

October 20, 2017 The Pentagon and the FBI are sending investigators to Niger after this week’s ugly uproar that played out initially over what Americans were doing there — and which became another debate altogether over Gold Star families. NBC News: “Africa Command (AFRICOM) has sent a team to the African nation to...

Turkish troops are fighting Kurds in Iraq; ISIS media ops wither; Here’s how GMD-vs.-ICBM might go; China is quietly reshaping the world; and just a bit more...

October 19, 2017 Turkish “commando units” are officially operating inside Iraq for the first time in almost a decade, Turkey’s Hürriyet Daily News reports this morning. The troops “entered the Zap region of Iraq after crossing from the Çukurca district of the southeastern province of Hakkari.” The target: PKK militants, 21 of whom...

Military mishaps are declining, despite rough summer; How 4 Green Berets took out Kony’s army; Doing donuts in Raqqa; China’s Xi crows about ‘new era’; and just a bit more….

October 18, 2017 Despite the U.S. military’s rough summer, major mishaps are declining. Roll Call’s John Donnelly adds it up: “Deaths from major noncombat accidents for forces on duty did not increase but have in fact plummeted since 9/11, a Roll Call analysis shows. Eleven of the past 15 years were deadlier than...

Raqqa falls; Baghdad takes Kirkuk from Kurds; US attacks ISIS in Yemen; Puerto Rican baby born on Navy ship; and just a bit more...

October 17, 2017 ISIS has been defeated in Raqqa, Syria, Reuters reports from the city once called the terrorist group’s de facto HQs. Though a formal announcement hasn’t been made, it will be soon, “once the city has been cleared of mines and any possible Islamic State sleeper cells,” said Brig. Gen. Talal...

300 die in Somali terror attack; US allies exchange fire in northern Iraq; Europe denounces Trump’s Iran moves; Pyongyang’s cyber corps; and just a bit more…

October 16, 2017 One of the world’s worst attacks in years happened Saturday in Mogadishu, Somalia. Reuters describes it as “the deadliest since Islamist militant group al Shabaab began an insurgency in 2007,” and USA Today calls it “the deadliest attack in Somalia's history and one of the worst in the world” since...

US troops join Afghan battalions; Trump rolling out new Iran strategy; NATO’s 2% benchmark is about 98% misleading; Only 1 in 10 Puerto Ricans has electricity; and just a bit more...

October 13, 2017 CENTCOM’s Gen. Joseph Votel says American troops are newly working at the battalion level in the Afghan military — one of the changes to the Trump administration’s own approach toward the longest war in U.S. history, which includes adding a 3,800 service members to the 11,000 or so still in...

US woman, family freed from Taliban; L3 CEO blasts budget gridlock; Army recruiting braces for tough year; Very deadly IED reappears in Iraq; and just a bit more...

October 12, 2017 Pakistani soldiers have rescued “a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children from ‘terrorist custody’ following a tip from U.S. intelligence agencies,” Reuters reports off a statement from Islamabad’s army this morning in what would appear to be a story with lots of details yet to emerge. Rescued:...

N. Korea takes aim at U.S. power grid; New China-Sea FONOP; Ukraine preps armed ground robots for battle; Afghanistan air war returns to 2010 intensity; and just a bit more...

October 11, 2017 North Korean hackers targeted U.S. electric utilities, according to the cybersecurity firm FireEye, NBC News reported Tuesday. They used emails with “fake invitations to a fundraiser to target victims.” So far, it appears the attacks were unsuccessful. Read on, here. BTW: The South Korean military “has not yet identified nearly...

US Army prepares for the wars of 2025-40; Turkish forces get Russian air support in Syria; ISIS fighters surrendering en masse — to Kurds; Marvel-Northrop comic bombs; and just a bit more...

October 9, 2017 The Army goes rolling along into DC. The annual conference for the Association of the U.S. Army, or AUSA, begins today in Washington and runs through Wednesday. Defense Secretary James Mattis tops the list of VIPs, keynoting the opening ceremony about a half hour ago. Speaking later today: the Army’s...