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Staff Correspondent Caroline Houck is a staff correspondent at Defense One. She previously was an Atlantic Media fellow.
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Army Chief: The US Needs More Troops in Europe

November 16, 2017 In order for the U.S. military to do its primary job in Europe — deter Russian aggression — America will need to send more troops there in the coming years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said today. Big moves would depend upon decisions made in the forthcoming National...

Inside the Weirdest Relationship a NATO Ally Has with Russia

November 16, 2017 KIRKENES, NORWAY — One tree-lined kilometer back from NATO’s northernmost border with Russia, a Norwegian sergeant sorts through his gear in a wood-trimmed guardhouse: multiple layers of cold-weather gear, his rifle, a combat helmet — and a pocket-sized flag of the Russian Border Service, a tongue-in-cheek testament to an unusual...

Army Chief: The US Needs More Troops in Europe

November 15, 2017 In order for the U.S. military to do its primary job in Europe — deter Russian aggression — America will need to send more troops there in the coming years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said today. Big moves would depend upon decisions made in the forthcoming National...

Congress Is Concerned About Who Gets to Launch Nuclear Bombs

November 14, 2017 Congress hasn’t held a hearing on nuclear launch authority in 41 years, according to the Congressional Research Service. That changed Tuesday when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hears testimony from a retired StratCom commander, a former acting deputy defense secretary for policy, and a noted Duke University professor. Beyond any...

Congress Is Concerned About Who Gets to Launch Nuclear Bombs

November 13, 2017 Congress hasn’t held a hearing on nuclear launch authority in 41 years, according to the Congressional Research Service. That will change tomorrow — Tues., Nov. 14 — when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hears testimony from a retired StratCom commander, a former acting deputy defense secretary for policy, and a...

Paying Off Post-9/11 War Debt Could Cost $8 Trillion: Report

November 9, 2017 The post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere have been fought with borrowed money, enough to require up to $8 trillion in interest payments in coming decades, a new report says. Unlike America’s previous wars, its 21st-century conflicts have been paired not with a tax hike or massive sale of...

Dunford: Time to Cut the Connections that Link ISIS’ Global Network

October 28, 2017 The future of the war against the Islamic State is global, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford said this week. And the fight will require more than local partners; it’ll take an international effort to sever the connections between disparate extremist groups across the globe. Not that the...

The Pentagon’s IED-Hunters Have a New Target: Drones

October 27, 2017 A short list of U.S. military outfits that develop tools and techniques to fight enemy drones includes DARPA, the services’ research labs — and now, the group created more than a decade ago to solve the IED problem. Founded in the early 2000s as a taskforce with a budget of...

Dunford: Time to Cut the Connections that Link ISIS’ Global Network

October 26, 2017 The future of the war against the Islamic State is global, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford said this week. And the fight will require more than local partners; it’ll take an international effort to sever the connections between disparate extremist groups across the globe. Not that the...

The Pentagon’s IED-Hunters Have a New Target: Drones

October 26, 2017 A short list of U.S. military outfits that develop tools and techniques to fight enemy drones includes DARPA, the services’ research labs — and now, the group created more than a decade ago to solve the IED problem. Founded in the early 2000s as a taskforce with a budget of...