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Ben Watson

News Editor Ben Watson is news editor for Defense One. He previously worked for NPR's “All Things Considered” and “Here and Now” in Washington, D.C. Watson served for five years in the U.S. Army, where he was an award-winning combat cameraman and media advisor for southern Afghanistan's special operations command during the 2010-11 surge.
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The D Brief: Did an Army contractor misrepresent himself?; Hagel to decide quarantine issue soon; Pentagon lives for today; Jeh Johnson ups security; and a bit more.

October 29, 2014 A former Army contractor central to the controversial DCGS system appears to have misrepresented his academic credentials. The AP broke a story last night about Russ Richardson, who reportedly earned millions of dollars as an Army intel contractor before taking a six-figure job inside the Army’s intelligence and security command...

The D Brief: Odierno, Ebola and quarantines; A device, approved; Panetta: stop lying; A gentleman’s agreement on F-35; and a bit more.

October 28, 2014 A dozen U.S. Army troops returning from Africa are now quarantined in Italy. Lolita Baldor for AP: “Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the commander who led the U.S. response in Liberia, and the members of his headquarters staff were some of the first troops to go to Liberia and were...

The D Brief: IS missiles pose a problem; Has Army intel system been a bust?; Mark Lippert is a 'First Friend' and a bit more.

October 27, 2014 Ouch: Two soldiers take the top spots in the Marine Corps marathon Sunday. The WaPo: “…Competing in just his third 26.2-mile race, Army Spec. Samuel Kosgei took first place in the men’s race in 2 hours 22 minutes 12 seconds, and fellow Army Spec. Laban Sialo wasn’t far behind with...

The D Brief: A chem attack in Iraq? Will Hagel serve Turkey? Flournoy on what Congress should do; No more ISIS candy; and a bit more.

October 24, 2014 ISIS may have just attacked Iraqi police with chlorine gas. Eleven Iraqi officers were sickened and this could be one of the first effective attacks and heighten fears of the dangers U.S. troops face, even if they are not technically in combat. Loveday Morris for the WaPo: from Balad, Iraq:...

The US Military Is Intensifying the Fight Against Ebola

October 23, 2014 The Pentagon is beginning a new chapter in its broadening efforts to fight Ebola. A 30-person team of medical specialists training at Fort Sam Houston in Texas are expected to wrap up on Saturday, DOD spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson said. The group—the Pentagon’s equivalent of a medical SWAT team—consists...

The D Brief: A big disconnect in Syria? McCain calls Kirby an idiot; China hits back on anti-missile radar; Mike Flynn, back on the grid; and a bit more.

October 23, 2014 Canada’s Harper: we won’t be intimidated. BBC, this hour, here. More on the attack in Canada below, including a tick-tock of the episode in Ottawa. Meantime, “A big disconnect:” The U.S. only to train Syrians in a defensive role. The Obama Administration’s policy in Syria seems to be premised more...

The D Brief: Panetta in hot water?; Robots could fight Ebola; How do you recruit civilians to work on the frontlines?; Are airdrops of weapons effective? Mortar rounds in Baghdad; and a bit more.

October 22, 2014 Will Panetta face consequences for allegedly violating the CIA’s secrecy agreement with the release of his book? Panetta's publisher has to be loving the amount of press Panetta is getting for "Worthy Fights," even if not all of it is positive. Weeks after it first came out, it's still making...

The D Brief: Turkey loosens up; Navy civilians deny a secret "silencer" op; Sam Power to the Defense One Summit; Debating a "principled resignation" and a bit more.

October 21, 2014 Turkey is loosening up a little, agreeing to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross its border with Syria to help fight militants in Kobani. The NYT's Kareen Fahim and Karam Shoumali: "…The decision represents an important shift by the Turkish government, which has angered Kurdish leaders and frustrated Washington for...

The D Brief: U.S. mil helps the Kurds fight in Kobani; Swedish sub search; Nat-sec could help the GOP win the Senate; What's the Ebola Bus?; "Tamer" Bugs out; and a bit more.

October 20, 2014 For the first time, U.S. drops weapons and ammo to Kurdish fighters in Kobani. Eric Schmitt for The New York Times: “In a sign of the growing symbolic and operational significance of the town to both sides, three United States C-130 transport planes for the first time dropped 27 bundles...

The D Brief: Biden's son ejected from Navy; Why wasn't a toaster-sized Ebola device used?; Lloyd Austin speaks; Why Maj. Gen. Piatt was delayed; Would Ernie Pyle smile? and a bit more.

October 17, 2014 A toaster-sized-life saver? A rapid Ebola-detecting device the U.S. military is using in Africa sat unused at the Dallas hospital when America’s “patient zero” walked through the door. Defense One’s Patrick Tucker with the scoop, here. He reports: “It’s a toaster-sized box called Film Array, produced by a company called...