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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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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...

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...