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Bradley Peniston

Deputy Editor Brad Peniston Manag, ... ] Bradley Peniston is deputy editor of Defense One. A national security journalist for two decades, he helped launch Military.com, served as managing editor of Defense News, and was editor of Armed Forces Journal. His books include No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf, now part of the Chief of Naval Operations' Professional Reading Program.
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Airstrike kills Pakistan Taliban leader?; Battle nears Yemeni port; Ceasefire in Afghanistan; State warns Russia on Syria; and just a bit more…

June 15, 2018 A U.S. drone strike has apparently killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, The New York Times reports after initial indications began surfacing in both local and social media on Thursday (and following three previous reports of his death going back to 2014). Location of the strike: “in the Afghan...

Major exercises with RoK now ‘suspended indefinitely’; China’s island-building ship; Predicting when weapons will break; How to leverage joint exercises; and just a bit more...

June 14, 2018 SecState Pompeo this morning says North Korea will “completely denuclearize” in a “step-by-step” process (not yet elaborated, or promised in the Trump-Kim agreement), which nonetheless marks “an important step towards bringing lasting peace and stability to Northeast Asia and indeed to the entire world." The occasion: Pompeo was meeting with...

Yemen war deepens; No Trump-Kim meeting notes?; Taliban wants direct talks with US; Cyberdefending dams; and just a bit more...

June 13, 2018 The war in Yemen begins a new chapter as the U.S. military acknowledged its role in helping refine air strike targets for the UAE while Emirati-backed forces kicked off a new offensive Tuesday evening (Wednesday morning local time) to retake the western port city of Hodeida from Iranian-backed Houthi rebels....

Summit brings concessions, vague promises; Yemen war set to escalate; Trump Doctrine, defined; US opens not-quite-embassy in Taiwan; and just a bit more...

June 12, 2018 POTUS, post-summit: “They're going to get rid of their nuclear weapons, George, and I think they want to do it relatively quickly. Now, we're going to see. I mean, they’re going to start working on it immediately.” That’s U.S. President Donald Trump in a 13-minute talk with ABC News’ George...

Summit day prep; G-7 debacle; Suicide bomb in Afghanistan; How Google pitches AI to SOF; and just a bit more...

June 11, 2018 Here’s the plan for Tuesday’s historic summit in Singapore: “Following the initial greeting, President Trump and Chairman Kim will participate in a one-on-one meeting, with translators only, an expanded bilateral meeting, and a working lunch,” reports Sam Stein of MSNBC/Daily Beast. That all starts at 9 p.m. Monday Washington time...

‘Don’t think I have to prepare much’; Russia’s giant war cloud; Xi calls Putin ‘best friend’; Google swears off military AI; and just a bit more...

June 8, 2018 Just in time: POTUS may now be taking a long view on denuclearizing North Korea, The Wall Street Journal reports this morning, just four days away from the historic summit in Singapore. “It’s going to be much more than a photo op—it’s a process,” President Trump said Thursday at the...

Afghan ceasefire; POTUS, winging the summit?; Stopping ISIS in Trinidad; Congress seeks tariff review; and just a bit more...

June 7, 2018 It’s game-off for the war against the Afghan Taliban, beginning next week for eight days. That’s because Afghanistan President this morning announced a ceasefire with the Afghan Taliban from 11 to 19 June — or more properly, from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr — due...

US ops in Syria enter new phase; B-52s over South China Sea; Iran deal teeters; Worker-bee satellites; and just a bit more...

June 6, 2018 When will U.S. troops leave Syria? We’ll get to that in a minute. But first, here’s a Pentagon-supplied map showing the location of several recent Iraqi airstrikes in the coalition’s ongoing “Operation Roundup” to secure the Iraq-Syria border — with an emphasis on northeastern Syria. That mission is now in...

What's next in the war on ISIS; AI sent to hunt nukes; Army vet charged as Chinese spy; USAF scraps $24M fridge plan; and just a bit more...

June 5, 2018 The next step in the war against ISIS. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are advancing on the Islamic State group’s “stronghold in northeast Syria,” in the town of Dashisha, the U.S. State Department announced this morning in a statement. That followed this separate announcement Monday that the U.S. and Turkey...

End to Korean War?; India tests ICBM; Navy works on drone motherships; Google won’t renew AI work for Pentagon; and just a bit more...

June 4, 2018 An end to the Korean War could be on the horizon, South Korea’s JoongAng Daily reported this weekend after President Trump met with North Korea's Vice Chairman Kim Yong-chol in the White House. Where that comes from: An unnamed “diplomatic source” told JAD “Preparations are already underway for President Moon...