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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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Civilians flee Idlib as battle nears; DARPA’s telepathy drones; Trump to run UN’s Iran meeting; Yemen peace talks; And a bit more.

September 7, 2018 “The bloodiest conflict yet in [Syria’s] long and painful civil war” could be just around the corner, ABC News reports from neighboring Turkey. Turkey happens to be right up against Syria’s Idlib province, where some 1 million rebels have been quarantined by Assad regime troops over the last several months....

Spy chiefs beg for security holes; 1-on-1 with Raytheon’s missile-defense chief; USAF fleet costs rise; and more...

September 6, 2018 What would keep us safer? Making computers and other devices as secure as possible, or adding a backdoor for “government use only"? The latter, say the intelligence services of the Five Eyes — that is, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — who this week...

Bombs kill 20 in Kabul; Kim suggests more nuke talks; Wildfire chases Marines away; Wetsuit hacking for Arctic war; And a bit more.

September 6, 2018 Two ISIS-claimed bombs detonated in Kabul on Wednesday — the first (a suicide bomber) to kill civilians; the second (a car bomb) to kill first responders and journalists. At least 20 people were killed in the attacks (including two Afghan journalists reporting on the initial blast), and another 70 were...

Defense Secretary Mattis Denies Comparing Trump to 'a Fifth- or Sixth-Grader'

September 5, 2018 In his new book, investigative journalist Bob Woodward recounts a meeting in which President Trump wondered why the United States was working to maintain security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. “We’re doing this in order to prevent World War III,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responded. Woodward writes that after...

Dunford in Pakistan; Soldier killed in 13th deployment; DOD: Russia is lying about Syria; Mattis denies Woodward report; and just a bit more...

September 5, 2018 Searching for substance in Pakistan. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dunford and SecState Pompeo are in Islamabad today, Military Times reports, traveling with the general. But will they finally be the ones to persuade Pakistan to do more, as American officials have wanted for years, to help improve security on Afghanistan’s...

Good & bad news in Afghanistan; Airstrikes in Idlib; ISIS, still in Iraq; Best war films; And a bit more.

September 4, 2018 Good news, bad news for Afghanistan. First the good news: The founder of the Afghan militant Haqqani network — Jalaluddin Haqqani — has “passed away after a long battle with illness,” according to the Afghan Taliban. Details so far (like date or place) are scant; and it’s worth noting, as...

Trump hits China on N. Korea; US spent $1.5 trillion on wars; Russian live-fire drill in Med; Joy in Raqqa as women rebuild; and just a bit more...

August 30, 2018 President Trump has apparently cancelled U.S. military “war games” on the Korean peninsula. The message came in a broad window into the president’s thinking about the North Korean denuclearization problem facing the White House. In a self-referential tweet early Wednesday evening, Trump wrote “President Donald J. Trump feels strongly that...

Mattis: No near-term Syrian drawdown; China flaunts carrier; Iran boosts psyops; More Venezuelans flee; And a bit more...

August 29, 2018 When is the U.S. leaving Syria? Not for a while. Speaking at his first formal Pentagon press conference in months, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday that a U.S. drawdown must wait for more diplomatic progress toward a United Nations-negotiated peace in Geneva that deposes Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. (Recall that...

Mattis meets the press; NK says nuke talks ‘may fall apart’; New Yemen report; Ecuador buys Chinese panopticon; And a bit more...

August 28, 2018 Happening now: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford are holding a very rare press briefing this morning from the Pentagon. Watch it live, here. Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber is there, and you can follow along with what he's hearing on Twitter, here. One perspective on...

ISIS-K chief, dead?; NK meeting, cancelled; New Niger drone base; How to trim America’s Mideast forces; and just a bit more...

August 27, 2018 An American airstrike killed the alleged ISIS affiliate chief in Afghanistan this weekend. “Saad Arhabi, the leader of ISIS Khorasan (ISIS-K), the affiliate named after an ancient province, was killed alongside 10 other fighters in strikes on the Khogyani district on Saturday night,” Afghan spy agency officials told The National...