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Bradley Peniston

Deputy Editor 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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Seoul seeks peace pact; US strikes on Taliban surpass those on ISIS; Pentagon has 592 AI-related projects; Guatemala colonel arrested as MS-13 leader; and just a bit more...

9:59 AM ET South Korea is seeking a Korean peace treaty. Seoul has been talking with officials in Washington and Pyongyang about an agreement to end the 68-year state of war on the peninsula. New York Times: “Chung Eui-yong, the national security adviser to President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, said he had...

Syria, after the strikes; Secret US-NK meeting; New USAF attitude toward space biz; Facial recognition, in the dark; and just a bit more...

April 18, 2018 Someone shot at chemical weapons inspectors Tuesday in Syria, Agence France-Presse’s Maya Gebeily reports from the war-torn country. No one was injured in the incident, and the investigatory team returned to their temporary base in the capital, Gebeily’s colleague, Carole Landry, reports this morning. An unnamed source tells Reuters this...

US says Arabs should take over Syria mission; Joint warning about Russian hackery; New AUMF debated; Italy’s answer to not-quite-wars; and just a bit more...

April 17, 2018 The U.S. wants an “Arab force to replace the U.S. military contingent in Syria and help stabilize the northeastern part of the country after the defeat of Islamic State,” U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal on Monday. Asked to do more: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and...

Syrian strikes and their aftermath; UK hunts elusive Russian sub; F-22 damaged in mishap; Big display of Chinese naval forces; and just a bit more...

April 16, 2018 Was it enough? Did Friday’s airstrikes on alleged Syrian chemical weapons positions really change anything? That’s one question among many likely to be considered this week after more than 100 missiles were fired at three different positions inside Syria at about 4 a.m. Saturday morning local time in response to...

Bolton, Mattis arguing about Syria; SOF troops get a bit more rest; Google quietly chases Pentagon cloud contract; A fake US island for the South China Sea? And just a bit more...

April 13, 2018 Bolton and Mattis clash on Syria strikes. Discussions between the Pentagon leadership and President Trump’s National Security Council continue today over a possible military response to the alleged chemical weapons attack late last week in the formerly rebel-held Douma suburb of Damascus. The quick take, according to Just Security’s Kate...

Trump keeps ’em guessing; Pompeo heads to Hill; Missiles duel over Riyadh; Cyber Marines go to sea; and just a bit more...

April 12, 2018 Keeping ’em guessing. President Trump now says an attack on Syria could happen “very soon or not so soon at all!” That was the first half of a tweet that continued, “In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of...

Moscow: we’ll down US missiles over Syria; Trump: ‘Get ready Russia’; Pics of China’s next bomber?; US carrier sails through South China Sea; and just a bit more...

April 11, 2018 “Get ready Russia, because [missiles] will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'” President Trump tweeted this morning while the world awaits what would seem to be an imminent U.S.-involved strike on Syria regime positions. Trump’s warning-by-tweet then turned to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “You shouldn’t be partners with a...

US ‘developing military options’ for Syria; Army launches R&D hub; Troop data disappears from DOD site; China mulls Pacific base; and just a bit more...

April 10, 2018 The U.S., France, and possibly the UK and Middle Eastern allies could partner up in a military operation aimed to discourage future chemical weapons use in Syria's brutal civil war,” Reuters reported Monday evening after President Trump held a meeting on Syria with military officers (photo here). Two options for...

How many troops to the border?; US digs in at Manbij; Rough month for military aviation; Roller-coaster defense stocks; and just a bit more...

April 6, 2018 “Anywhere from 2,000 and 4,000” National Guard troops could be deployed for President Trump’s new surge to the U.S.-Mexico border, he told reporters on Air Force One Thursday evening. The president said his staff is currently looking into the costs, but already Trump said he has “a pretty good idea”...

Trump sends Guard to border, changes mind on Syria; Russia hustles to catch up in AI; Japan shakes up defense forces; and just a bit more...

April 5, 2018 Since the military can’t pay for his wall, President Trump is sending the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. Or, as Just Security's Kate Brannen framed the sudden evolution of a tough campaign promise: “I will build a wall and Mexico will pay for it” has become “I’ll deploy a...