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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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US strategy focus turns from terror to great powers; Turks shell Kurdish canton in Syria; Chinese ships aid N. Korea; Why no cyber arms agreements? And just a bit more...

January 19, 2018 The Pentagon goes big with its long-awaited National Defense Strategy, targeting China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran, Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron writes this morning as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis unveils the document at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Top line read: The Trump...

Tillerson: US will keep troops in Syria indefinitely; Russia subs sniff around undersea cables; Budget talks heat up; Innovation board’s advice to Mattis; and just a bit more...

January 18, 2018 SecState Tillerson “committed the United States to an indefinite military presence in Syria” on the same day he walked back the U.S. military’s messaging on that coalition-trained Border Force in Syria, the Washington Post reports. The purpose for the enduring commitment: “to ensure that neither Iran nor President Bashar al-Assad...

Tillerson to Pyongyang: negotiate or US may attack; Former CIA officer arrested in China connection; Destroyer COs to face murder charges; Get serious about hardware security; and just a bit more...

January 17, 2018 Rex Tillerson threatens a U.S. military response if North Korea refuses negotiations, Reuters reports from Vancouver where reps from more than 20 nations “agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.” About that military response, Reuters writes “Tillerson brushed off a...

Aloha, false alarm; Syria showing US troops the door; Russia links Iran deal to N. Korea; Army axes made-in-China cameras; and just a bit more...

January 16, 2018 False alert in Hawaii. In a truly epic failure of interface design, an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency picked the wrong item from a drop-down menu on Saturday morning. That sent a message (“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”) to...

Pakistan stops sharing intel with US; Insider attack in Afghanistan; Draft nuke-posture review leaks; Trump’s back-and-forth on FISA; and just a bit more...

January 12, 2018 Pakistan has stopped sharing intelligence with the U.S. after the White House suspended its roughly $2 billion annual military aid package until Islamabad does more to fight terrorism, the Financial Times reported Thursday. The exclusion involves “information collected from sources on the ground in the border region with Afghanistan,” according...

Lawmakers slam DoD secrecy; FBI cyber-crime actions plummet; Syrian rebels mount a counterattack; Taiwan’s military shopping list; and just a bit more...

January 11, 2018 Lawmaker: Increased Pentagon secrecy has been “catastrophic” for the bigger-budget push. In a remarkable address at a naval-themed conference on Wednesday, Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., upbraided Navy and defense leaders for telling their people to say less in public over the past year. “I don’t mean to single out the...

Nuke posture preview; Drone swarm hits Russians in Syria; The NSA’s (likely) next chief wants to enlist AI; Navy’s plans and problems, on display; and just a bit more...

January 10, 2018 Nuclear Posture Review preview: The Trump administration “plans to loosen constraints on the use of nuclear weapons and develop a new low-yield nuclear warhead for US Trident missiles,” the Guardian reported Tuesday citing “a former official who has seen the most recent draft of a policy review.” The review, a...

North-South talks open in Korea; China starts work on 3rd carrier; Power shift in Libya?; Secret satellite lost in SpaceX launch; and just a bit more...

January 9, 2018 Direct talks begin between North and South Korea. The first fruit of Tuesday’s talks: Pyongyang will send athletes to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, which, given the North’s deadly attempts to scuttle the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, counts as a significant symbolic step. And the larger questions of war and...

US to boost arms-sales efforts; Border wall cost rises to $18B; Video of F-15 intercepting Russian jets; Many lessons, the Battle of Endor offers; and just a bit more...

January 8, 2018 Correction: An earlier version of today’s D Brief misstated the U.S. share of global arms exports, which was about one-third in 2016. Trump will order Pentagon, diplomats to boost efforts to sell U.S. arms abroad, Reuters reports. “President Donald Trump as early as February is expected to announce a ‘whole...

US to suspend aid to Pakistan; Navy missile on Air Force planes; Mattis on Korean wargames; DoD seeks laser-powered bat drones; and just a bit more...

January 5, 2018 “We do not have any alliance” with the U.S. That’s Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Friday, responding to the White House’s Thursday announcement that it would suspend almost all its aid to Islamabad. Talking with the Wall Street Journal, Asif continued, “This is not how allies behave.” The...