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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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Russia-Ukraine 'crisis' in the Sea of Azov; Fracas at the border; Climate change already hurting US; DOD’s drone strategy passes key test; And a bit more.

November 26, 2018 Crisis in the Sea of Azov. More than four years after it illegally seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, Russia seems to be trying to enforce naval territorial claims extending from that 2014 seizure and into the Ukraine-hugging Sea of Azov. For your eyes only: view a map of the...

Special Report: Is the US Ready to Escalate in Cyberspace?

November 21, 2018 For three years running, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced an increasing number of cyber-related charges, indictments, arrests, and pleas by its Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section: 2016: 86 2017: 138 2018: 167 (through Nov. 2) And 2018 is ending with a steady drumbeat of responses to cyber...

Counting Chinese nuclear subs; Trump and the Saudis; New Interpol prez isn't from Russia; A cure for motion sickness? And a bit more.

November 21, 2018 China has one more nuclear submarine than previously thought. That’s the word from Catherine Dill and Jeffrey Lewis of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The two of them studied a set of satellite photos provided by Planet Labs and...

Afghan exodus follows Taliban assaults; New Space Force cost guess; Turkeys surge to Mexican border; Expect more overlapping climate disasters; And a bit more.

November 20, 2018 An explosion has rocked a wedding in Kabul, killing at least 40 people and wounding over 80 others, Afghanistan's Tolo News reports this morning in a developing story. Elsewhere, residents in multiple provinces are fleeing Taliban assaults to the more central-northern Bamiyan province — where the Taliban blew up those...

Letup in Yemen fight?; US to Taliban: end war in 2019; Dunford’s border politics; China’s Great Wall of SAMs; And a bit more.

November 19, 2018 The Yemen war may officially de-escalate just a bit now that the Houthi rebels have offered to stop launching drones and firing rockets into Saudi Arabia “for the sake of peace efforts,” the Associated Press reports from the Houthi-held capital of Sana’a. Reuters calls it “by far the biggest concession...

North Korea’s ‘new weapon’; US to pull some troops from Africa; Russia cuts internet in restive region; Videos from D1 Summit; And a bit more.

November 16, 2018 North Korea is crowing about a test of a “new tactical weapon.” What weapon? State media didn’t say. But it did report that leader Kim Jong Un watched the test, making his first announced visit to a weapons facility since declaring in April that he was shifting the government’s focus...

Defense One Summit day!; Bleak assessment of war with China and Russia; The uncertain future of C-wire at the border; GOP dodges debate on Yemen war; And a bit more.

November 15, 2018 The U.S. military would very likely lose a war against Russia or China, according to a 116-page report (PDF) from the National Defense Strategy Commission. The blunt assessment: “If the United States had to fight Russia in a Baltic contingency or China in a war over Taiwan, Americans could face...

Mattis visits border; Israeli DM quits over Gaza; More laser money, please; The coming nuclear debates; And a bit more.

November 14, 2018 SecDef Mattis goes to the border. The U.S. Defense Secretary on Tuesday gave reporters about 18 hours' notice he would be heading to America’s southern border today. There, some 7,000 U.S. active duty troops are spread across Texas, Arizona and California helping “harden” river crossings and entry points along the...

Afghan commando unit routed; Another warplane crashes; Threads of global disorder on display in Paris; India joins boomer club; And a bit more.

November 13, 2018 The U.S. might have a kinda big favor to ask of Afghanistan: can you guys hold off on deciding your next president? An electoral delay is “one of several” options that the Trump White House is weighing as a way to continue inching toward a peace settlement with the Afghan...

Yemen war changes; N. Korea continues ICBM production; ICE holding 44,000 people; Rust, DoD’s $21-billion problem; And a bit more.

November 12, 2018 Yemen war change of plans, sort of. The U.S. military will stop refueling Saudi-led coalition aircraft for the war in Yemen, the Pentagon announced Friday evening — shortly after the Saudis said they can do all that on their own now thanks to a newfound “military professionalism and self-sufficiency.” What...