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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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Meet the new boss; Shutdown watch; DoD negotiator removed from job; What’s ahead for Xi, Kim, and Putin; And a bit more.

January 2, 2019 Welcome to 2019! And good luck to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who “has less experience in government (a year and a half) or the military (none) than any defense secretary since an oil magnate served as the acting head of the Pentagon for several weeks during Watergate 45 years...

Mattis quits; Trump orders Afghan drawdown; Space Force under Air Force; Chinese hackers indicted; And a bit more.

December 21, 2018 SecDef Mattis has resigned over multiple disagreements with POTUS45. To begin, President Donald Trump announced Defense Secretary James Mattis’s “retirement” on Twitter Thursday afternoon. Moments later, the Pentagon released a letter Mattis hand-delivered to the president at the White House. Trump’s farewell tweet at 5:21 p.m. EDT: "General Jim Mattis...

Surprise! Get out of Syria; World reacts; 2nd, 3rd Fleets become expeditionary; And a bit more.

December 20, 2018 President Trump is tweeting about Syria again, as he continues to simultaneously promote, explain and attempt to carry out perhaps his most consequential foreign policy decision to date: pulling the U.S. military out of Syria entirely. Quick recap: On Wednesday we all learned Trump is publicly convinced the Islamic State...

US exiting Syria; Big Turkish arms sale approved; Russia’s maneuverable ICBM; Hackers post UN and EU cables; And a bit more.

December 19, 2018 The U.S. has already begun withdrawing some of its roughly 2,000 troops from Northeastern Syria, the White House announced this morning after word broke initially from The Wall Street Journal and CNN. CNN emphasized President Trump’s desire for a "full" and "rapid" exit from Syria — something he shocked many...

Inhofe vs. Smith; Ceasefire in Yemen; Afghan peace talks; Army orders light tanks for tests; And a bit more.

December 18, 2018 Clashing worldviews on Capitol Hill. “Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., disagree on a lot of things,” writes Defense One’s Katie Bo Williams. There are individual policy differences, on the one hand; but more deeply there is a “fundamental schism” in their worldviews. That schism is perhaps...

Russian social-media attacks, detailed; US intensifies Somalia airwar; US, Taliban diplomats to meet; BMD cybersecurity fail; And a bit more.

December 17, 2018 Two congressional reports detail Russian infowar in 2016 — and since. Both are “the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms” to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which at press time had not yet decided whether to endorse the reports but plans to release them later...

Fewer US troops in Africa; Senators rebuke Yemen policy; Troops at the border through Xmas; US gun deaths hit record high; and a bit more.

December 14, 2018 The U.S. Senate invoked the War Powers Act for the first time ever on Thursday, the Washington Post’s Pentagon reporter Missy Ryan noted early, calling it a “big, symbolic blow to U.S.-Saudi relations.” At the heart of the matter: the Trump administration’s response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal...

US warns Turkey on Syria; Peace talks yield Yemen ceasefire; New Africa strategy; Stuff Pentagon people say; And a bit more.

December 13, 2018 Turkey had better not attack Kurds in Syria who are partnered with the U.S. military, the Pentagon told Turkish officials Wednesday before telling CNN about it, too. The warning came just hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a crowd in Istanbul that his military will begin a new...

Oval Office argument, live: Turkey plans new Syrian incursion; Russia unveils Arctic drones; SM-3 takes down mock IRBM; And a bit more.

December 12, 2018 Oval Office argument, broadcast live. On Tuesday morning, President Trump surprised Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer by inviting the White House press into what the lawmakers thought was a private negotiation over various bits of the 2018 budget, including potential funding for a wall on the Mexican border. Pushing back:...

POTUS wants troops to build the Wall; Things you don’t write down; US Army to test 6.68mm carbines; Pentagon’s Syrian-training goals increase; And a bit more.

December 11, 2018 Border wall update via POTUS45 this morning, on Twitter: “If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall. They know how important it is!” For more on the politics behind the tweet: Democratic House and Senate...