A Time for New Ideas

In July, Government Executive Media Group and Atlantic Media launched Defense One (www.defenseone.com), a digital publication with an entirely new concept for national security coverage. Defense One is a news site that goes deeper, featuring reporting, analysis and bold ideas about the trends that are driving the future of defense and U.S. national security.

The transformation from the post-9/11 decade of war into a new 21st century global security era has begun. With an open-door policy to new and innovative voices, Defense One has become a news and conversation destination for the national security leaders, influential professionals, stakeholders and citizens who are navigating that change.

Defense One delivers a daily mix of stories by award-winning journalists and useful, insightful commentary across the entire national security spectrum—from politics and procurement to global affairs and ground troops. Breaking analysis on the top news events of the day runs alongside deeper dives that shine a critical light on lesser-known facets of a national security world that most never see. The publication features a range of voices from senior leaders in Washington to commanders abroad and next-generation thinkers far from the political scrum.

We focus on the global threats commanding the U.S. military’s attention, the domestic and international politics of security, management of the government’s largest institutions and agencies through this transitional period and the influence of rapidly advancing technology on defense strategy. Finally, an entire channel of Defense One is devoted to one thing: Ideas. There, nothing is sacred. The stakes are too high for holding back.

This supplement marks Defense One’s first foray into print, featuring a look at some of the critical challenges facing the military establishment in the coming years. In the Defense One spirit, the pieces included here represent fresh takes on issues that demand attention at the highest levels.

We have included three features:

“America’s Longest War,” by Defense One Associate Editor and Senior Reporter Stephanie Gaskell, examines the impending final stage of the 12-year war in Afghanistan, which is destined to be the most important in the history of the conflict.

“The Real Budget Problem,” by Maren Leed and Ariel Robinson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, looks at an inconvenient truth that is finally getting some attention in national security circles: The costs of military pay and benefits are threatening to swamp the defense budget.

“Beyond the Carrier,” by Bilal Y. Saab and Joseph Singh of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis North America, makes the case that the Navy ought to restructure its presence in the Persian Gulf to be both stronger and cheaper. 

You’ll find more of this kind of probing analysis of vital issues affecting the future of national security every day in Defense One

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