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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: The horse race for the Pentagon; Flournoy out, Carter in?; Hagel’s ear for the military and taste for Runzas; Odierno on Iraq; And a bit more.

November 26, 2014 The horse race is now in full stride, but who’s running? Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation Monday naturally began speculation about just who would replace him. Two names floated to the top immediately: Michele Flournoy and Ash Carter. But Flournoy, the former policy chief for the Pentagon who would be...

The D Brief: An American rescued from Yemen?; All the reasons why Hagel wasn’t fired; WH Friendly Fire; Needing a journo on the Pentagon’s wall; Twitter problems for the AF; And a bit more.

November 25, 2014 Update from this morning: U.S. military officials tell The D Brief that despite wide reporting, no U.S. military personnel were rescued in the Yemen operation. More to follow. Overnight: A person identified as a U.S. service member or “military expert” was rescued along with other hostages from Yemen this morning....

Who Will Be the Next Secretary of Defense?

November 24, 2014 Following Monday’s surprise announcement from the White House, the Pentagon will soon be led by its fourth defense secretary since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. Here’s a brief review of some of the names being tossed around as possible replacements for the soon-to-be-departing Chuck Hagel, who will leave...

The D Brief: A nuke deal deadline extension?; The admiral used paint and stickers to make poker chips; A turnabout in U.S. policy in Afg; ISIS explained in three mins; And a bit more.

November 24, 2014 A deadline missed: Nuclear talks with Iran are expected to resume next month. Reuters this hour: “Iran and six world powers are expected to break off negotiations on Monday and meet again next month after missing a deadline to clinch a final deal to resolve their 12-year standoff over Tehran's...

The D Brief: Islamic State calls for attacks in France; Rogers on a U.S. attack by China; Nancy Lindborg to USIP; “Major Trouble” at the Pentagon’s Fort America; The Back story on Robin Raphel; And a bit more.

November 21, 2014 In a new propaganda video from the Islamic State, a call for terrorist acts against France. The NYT’s Dan Bilefsky and Maia de la Baume: “…The seven-minute film, released on Wednesday by Al Hayat Media Center, an affiliate of the Islamic State, also shows what appear to be French jihadist...

The D Brief: Dempsey says ME strategy will change; A PR war in Kobani; CIA to reorg; A former Marine PAO wins the National Book Award; Hagel doesn’t lose sleep; And a bit more.

November 20, 2014 Marty Dempsey, just back from Iraq, spoke at the Defense One Summit and said the U.S. has a sound strategy- but at the same time that strategy will change. Defense One’s Lubold: “…Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, who returned from the Middle East on Sunday, said he was ‘encouraged’...

Odierno: I Need More Money and Troops for Today's Threats

November 19, 2014 Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno is prepared to make his case to Congress that the constraints of sequestration reflect a completely different world than the one Pentagon planners see today and into the future. There were 510,000 active duty soldiers under the four-star general’s watch as recently as...

The D Brief: Dempsey, Vickers headline Defense One’s Summit; Hagel in D1: the new era at DoD; The fallout of the Uber exec; Mabus’ travel; Thornberry gets the nod; And a bit more.

November 19, 2014 Today is a big day for Defense One, as the second annual Defense One Summit gets underway this morning with a lineup of current national security leaders who will examine the purpose of today’s military, to borrow a word from Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, amid a slate of...

The D Brief: Todd Harrison takes the military to task; An Uber exec on a Pentagon board suggests oppo research on journos; Thornberry: no more defense cuts; Dental trouble at Langley; And a bit more.

November 18, 2014 Niiice: An Uber executive who serves on the Pentagon’s Defense Business Board is under fire for outlining a plan to go after journalists who are critical of his company. Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith: “A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to...

The D Brief: Are U.S. airstrikes making the Sunni-Shiite rift worse?; Dempsey: ISIS a “bunch of midgets”; An Army officer’s war on sugar; Hagel’s new initiative; And a bit more.

November 17, 2014 Qatar’s foreign minister warned that U.S.-led strikes in Syria are bringing the region’s Sunni-Shiite rift in sharper focus—and potentially upending an already delicate balance for the Arab coalition. The WSJ’s Jay Solomon: “[I]n an unusually explicit warning, Qatar’s chief diplomat stressed that the Mideast’s Sunni population increasingly view the U.S....