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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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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...

This Technology Could Help Solve IED Detection — And Airport Security Too

October 20, 2017 Detecting roadside bombs and other IEDs has been a major — and deadly — challenge for the U.S. military since it invaded Iraq and Afghanistan at the start of the century. And for the majority of that time, Raytheon has been working to develop a sensor that could identify those...

This Technology Could Help Solve IED Detection — And Airport Security Too

October 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Detecting roadside bombs and other IEDs has been a major — and deadly — challenge for the U.S. military since it invaded Iraq and Afghanistan at the start of the century. And for the majority of that time, Raytheon has been working to develop a sensor that could identify those...

This Technology Could Help Solve IED Detection — And Airport Security Too

October 19, 2017 Detecting roadside bombs and other IEDs has been a major — and deadly — challenge for the U.S. military since it invaded Iraq and Afghanistan at the start of the century. And for the majority of that time, Raytheon has been working to develop a sensor that could identify those...

If War with Russia Breaks Out, Borders and Bureaucracy Could Slow the West’s Response

October 13, 2017 A 2,200-kilometer road trip across Europe with a Stryker brigade combat team takes a while. It takes even longer if the convoy sits, sweltering under the summer sun, waiting for paperwork to be stamped at border crossings both international and municipal. That’s what happened when U.S. Army Col. Patrick Ellis...

If War with Russia Breaks Out, Borders and Bureaucracy Could Slow the West’s Response

October 12, 2017 A 2,200-kilometer road trip across Europe with a Stryker brigade combat team takes a while. It takes even longer if the convoy sits, sweltering under the summer sun, waiting for paperwork to be stamped at border crossings both international and municipal. That’s what happened when U.S. Army Col. Patrick Ellis...

The U.S. Air War in Afghanistan Is Nearing Surge-Era Intensity

October 11, 2017 Even before the Trump’s administration’s new strategy for the war in Afghanistan has been fully implemented, the air campaign there has already become more intense than it’s been at any point since the 2010 surge, new data shows. Last week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced two changes to the U.S....

The US Air War in Afghanistan Is Nearing Surge-Era Intensity

October 10, 2017 Even before the Trump’s administration’s new strategy for the war in Afghanistan has been fully implemented, the air campaign there has already become more intense than it’s been at any point since the 2010 surge, new data shows. Last week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced two changes to the U.S....

Get Lasers Into the Field Faster, Lawmakers Tell the Pentagon

October 6, 2017 There’s no shortage of U.S. military interest in battlefield lasers and other directed-energy weapons. From truck-mounted lasers to high-powered microwaves that take down small drones, the Army, Navy, and Air Force are all exploring the possibilities. But congressional leaders say for all that interest, the technology’s not getting into the...