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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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How Pakistan Is Responding to Trump

December 27, 2017 Pakistan once was the focal point of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s attention, when Adm. Mike Mullen personally made it his mission for years to keep U.S. relations open and active with Islamabad’s top general and intelligence chief. But in the years since those players left office,...

How Pakistan Is Responding to Trump

December 26, 2017 Pakistan once was the focal point of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s attention, when Adm. Mike Mullen personally made it his mission for years to keep U.S. relations open and active with Islamabad’s top general and intelligence chief. But in the years since those players left office,...

Three Things the U.S. Military Needs to Fight in Europe

December 15, 2017 For the first time since the Cold War, the U.S. military is relearning what it would take to fight alongside its NATO allies on the European continent, and the soldiers and Marines who took part in the first year of rotational deployments have a few requests. As part of U.S....

Three Things the US Military Needs to Fight in Europe

December 15, 2017 For the first time since the Cold War, the U.S. military is relearning what it would take to fight alongside its NATO allies on the European continent, and the soldiers and Marines who took part in the first year of rotational deployments have a few requests. As part of U.S....

Allies Are Key, Says Trump’s National Security Strategy

December 13, 2017 Eleven months after starting his presidency by swearing off global leadership in favor of “only America first” policies, Donald Trump is set to release a National Security Strategy that leans heavily on allies and international partners to address global threats such as Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and extremist organizations....

Allies Are Key, Says Trump’s National Security Strategy

December 13, 2017 Eleven months after starting his presidency by swearing off global leadership in favor of “only America first” policies, Donald Trump is set to release a National Security Strategy that leans heavily on allies and international partners to address global threats such as Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and extremist organizations....

Pentagon’s Ambitious Goal: Launch a Weapons Program in Just 12 Months

December 8, 2017 It’s time to make defense acquisition faster, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer told lawmakers today. How fast? Request proposals, evaluate the options, and award a contract in 12 months or less, said Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. “Now that’s a first step, I would like to...

US Averts Government Shutdown, For Now. But the Potential Harm and Waste Is Growing.

December 8, 2017 Congress passed a temporary spending measure on Thursday night that will keep the U.S. government running for the next two weeks while lawmakers attempt to pass a yearlong budget. But until that budget is signed by President Trump, the military cannot change how it spends its money. It must spend...

Pentagon’s Ambitious Goal: Launch a Weapons Program in Just 12 Months

December 7, 2017 It’s time to make defense acquisition faster, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer told lawmakers today. How fast? Request proposals, evaluate the options, and award a contract in 12 months or less, said Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. “Now that’s a first step, I would like to...

OK, Say Someone Hacks into the US Power Grid. Then What?

December 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “On a scale of 1 to 10,” the threat of a cyberattack on U.S.critical infrastructure is “a 7 or an 8,” the Department of Homeland Security warned lawmakers last week. And indeed, someone has been probing the defenses of utilities, key manufacturers, and others. So what happens if hackers launch...