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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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Terrorist Attacks Have Increased By 43 Percent in the Last Year

April 30, 2014 The number of terrorist attacks, kidnappings, deaths and injuries across the globe rose by 43 percent last year, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2013 . The annual report, released Wednesday, outlines the trends and events in global terrorism every year, tallying country-by-country efforts in counterterrorism and...

To Fight Russia, Ukraine Must Also Fight Corruption, Biden Says

April 30, 2014 Less than a month before Ukrainians go to the polls to elect a new president, Vice President Joe Biden said the country’s interim leaders must work to shed the nation’s legacy of corruption that allows Russian aggression and influence to destabilize the region. Biden also said that President Barack Obama...

Kerry: NATO Members Must Increase Military Spending

April 29, 2014 In a stern warning from Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry urged NATO members in Europe to increase their defense spending over the next five years in the face of escalated Russian efforts to destabilize Ukraine and “change the security landscape of Eastern and Central Europe.” “We cannot continue to...

Obama Boosts Asia Pivot, Expands U.S. Troop Access to Philippines

April 28, 2014 President Barack Obama delivered new tangible proof of his much-touted pivot to Asia on Monday by finalizing an agreement with Manila that allows for additional U.S. troops and equipment to rotate through the Philippines’ military bases. The deal permits greater numbers of Americans to train and modernize the Filipino military...

Reserve, Guard Soldiers Committing Suicide at Higher Rates

April 25, 2014 The Pentagon has some mixed news on military suicides: there was an overall decline of roughly 15 percent in 2013. But, in a likely reflection of the increased strain on America’s reserve component over the past 12 years, more Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers took their life last year...

Pentagon Sending 600 U.S. Troops to Eastern Europe

April 22, 2014 The Pentagon is sending about 600 U.S. troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia in a show of support for Eastern European countries uneasy with Russian forces still lingering near Ukraine. “Nothing we've seen out of Russia or their armed forces, is de-escalating...

Poland Fears Putin’s ‘New Russia’ Doctrine

April 17, 2014 Just weeks ahead of taking over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission in Eastern Europe, Poland’s defense minister is worried about a possible “Putin doctrine” that aims to recreate the Soviet Union with a “New Russia.” “That doctrine could give rise and has already gave [sic] rise to concern, especially in...

NATO Ramps Up Its Military Presence in Eastern Europe

April 16, 2014 NATO is increasing security in the region as pro-Russian gunmen continue to stir up tensions in eastern Ukraine. The additional measures involve “more planes in the air, more ships on the water, and more readiness on the land,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after a meeting of the...

Where Genocide Is Most Likely To Happen Next

April 15, 2014 Twenty years after the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, researchers at The University of Sydney have created a model predicting which countries will experience targeted mass violence across the globe. Known as the Atrocity Forecasting Project , the model plugs in more than a dozen “instability variables,” which include statistics...

Here’s a Map of the World’s Fastest Growing Militaries

April 14, 2014 The United States may be cutting its military spending, but 23 nations have doubled their defense spending over the past decade, according to a report released by a leading arms observation group on Monday. Afghanistan tops the list of nations with the sharpest increase in defense spending over the past...