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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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US dead come home; Russia targets US senator; China continues economic spying; Bidding opens for giant war cloud contract; and just a bit more...

July 27, 2018 The repatriation of deceased U.S. soldiers from North Korea has begun, the White House announced Thursday evening. The process — part of what was agreed upon when President Trump met Kim Jong-un at the Singapore summit — moved forward hours ago as some 55 initial cases of alleged remains passed...

Russian charged with spying in DC; 164 die in Pakistan attack; New rules for hacker-proofing weapons; and just a bit more...

July 17, 2018 What do you do now, U.S. national security leaders? When a U.S. president stands next to a Russian strongman, takes his word about an attack on America over that of the U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement communities — all on the heels of a two-hour meeting in which no one but...

Trump meets Putin; Why US spies are worried; Nuclear-reactor diplomacy; What CEOs, military brass are talking about this week; and just a bit more.

July 16, 2018 Trump, Putin met one-on-one (with interpreters) in Helsinki for two hours and 10 minutes, according to the Russian side, after the Russian leader showed up an hour late. As we go to press, the two were to hold a post-meeting press conference. ‘U.S. foolishness and stupidity’: The American president began...

Trumpian turmoil in the UK; What’s at stake in Putin meeting; Army picks Austin for Futures Command; ‘Continuous monitoring’ of cleared feds; and just a bit more...

July 13, 2018 Trump "turmoil" continues in the UK. Thursday morning: “Trump reaffirmed support for NATO, but only after stirring more discord with a vague threat that the United States could go its own way if the allies resisted his demands for additional military spending, capping a summit meeting punctuated by his escalating...

Trump likes NATO; Ukraine sees 1,200 ceasefire violations a week; DPRK skips repatriation talks; How China, Russia, US AI centers differ; and just a bit more...

July 12, 2018 Sound and fury: After slamming NATO, Germany, and America’s other European allies, Donald Trump signed on to a rather standard joint statement reaffirming the alliance’s value against Russia and other threats. “I believe in NATO, I think NATO is very important, probably the greatest ever done,” he said at a...

Mattis wants ‘civilian surge’ in Afghanistan; POTUS at NATO; New space-plane tests go well; For sale: stolen Reaper manual; and just a bit more...

July 11, 2018 Correction: Today’s D Brief initially misstated the type of additional personnel that may be “surged” to Afghanistan. They are Defense Department civilian employees, not outside contractors. As expected, Trump hammers allies. CNN: “President Donald Trump came out brawling in his first public comments here ahead of NATO's annual summit, accusing...

NATO, nervous; Russia builds up in Kaliningrad; Mattis sends thank-you to Saudi; Your suggestions for the Army’s next slogan; and just a bit more...

July 10, 2018 As NATO’s leaders gather, whither the alliance? “NATO summit meetings were once ritualistic events, with the member nations assembling to proclaim that the alliance had never been stronger and pledging to work together on the security issues of the day,” writes the New York Times. “In the Trump era, however,...

US soldier killed in Afghanistan; A worse fitness-app data leak; How Russia could test NATO; US warships sail the Taiwan Strait; and just a bit more….

July 9, 2018 An apparent insider attack in Afghanistan has killed the first American soldier from the volunteer advisory units known as Security Force Assistance Brigades, NATO’s Resolute Support officials announced on Friday. The soldier’s name: Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, Calif. He died on July 7 in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan...

Army quietly booting immigrant recruits; 3 out, 1 in at Bolton’s NSC; Pompeo’s soundtrack; Air Force’s $1,200 coffee cups; And a bit more.

July 6, 2018 The U.S. Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits, the Associated Press reported Thursday from San Antonio. The short read: “Some of the service members say they were not told why they were being discharged. Others who pressed for answers said the Army informed them they’d been labeled as security risks...

Poison attack in UK, again; NATO members yawn at Trump; 60,000 flee Syria for Jordan; Pompeo to Pyongyang; And a bit more.

July 5, 2018 NATO members pushed back against Trump’s gripe they spend too little on their militaries, the Associated Press reported Wednesday ahead of next week’s NATO Summit in Brussels. German reax: “We don’t want to impress anyone... we stand by the 2 percent goal we’ve set.” (Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen)...