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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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Big merger in works; Trump’s remarkable interview; Ukraine’s big drone plans; One F-16 destroys two others; and just a bit more…

October 15, 2018 L3, Harris plan merger. D1’s Marcus Weisgerber: “What started as a social relationship between L3 Technologies CEO Chris Kubasik and Harris CEO Bill Brown led to Sunday’s announcement that the two firms intend to merge, creating a new $16 billion aerospace company that would be one of the largest defense...

Hurricane levels Tyndall AFB; Army shifts Pacific training to war; Some F-35s return to flight; Pressure rises on White House over Khashoggi; and just a bit more...

October 12, 2018 Hurricane Michael levels Air Force base. The death toll has risen to 11 for the storm that grew freakishly intense as it smacked into Florida on Wednesday, then raged across Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia. Tyndall Air Force Base is in ruins. Michael’s eye passed right over the base, located...

BREAKING: DoD grounds all F-35s; Army rearms for great-power war; Hurricanes getting less predictable; Transparent armor; and just a bit more...

October 11, 2018 Breaking: All F-35s grounded: “The Pentagon has grounded all of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters due to faulty engine fuel tubes. All planes will be inspected over next 24 to 48 hours. If the tubes are in 'good' condition, the jets will be retuned to flight. This is all connected...

Tensions rise with Riyadh; Cyber holes in US weapons; Progress in Syrian buffer zone; When Trump invokes national security; And a bit more.

October 10, 2018 America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia is getting a bit dicey after Turkish media alleged Riyadh sent an assassination squad to Istanbul and the Washington Post reported “U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture” the prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi before his disappearance eight days ago...

Google quits JEDI race; Russia’s infowar in Syria; A game-changing missile; UK trains to cut Moscow’s electricity; And a bit more.

October 9, 2018 Says a British general: Moscow is “better than us” in using social media to shape the strategic landscape. UK Army Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney, who just finished a year as deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, told an audience at the AUSA convention on Monday that the Russian and Syrian...

Afghan SitRep; US hits ISIS in Syria; UN: Climate change more dire than thought; Pompeo in Asia; And a bit more.

October 8, 2018 17 years and one day since America began the war in Afghanistan, here’s what’s going on over there: The Afghan military carried out operations in 14 of the countries 34 provinces, The New York Times reports. At least 50 Afghan security forces were killed on Sunday (NYTs + Tolo); at...

Did China hack US motherboards?; Industrial-base report, previewed; New tool to fight fake news; ‘Light footprints’ mean shaky intel; And a bit more.

October 5, 2018 Big, if true: China put tiny spy chips on many U.S. servers. That’s the word from Bloomberg Businessweek, whose cover story published Thursday asserts that Beijing persuaded Chinese hardware manufacturers to install a surveillance chip, half the size of a grain of rice, on the motherboards of hundreds of thousands...

US heats up counter-Iran campaign; Navy proposes show-of-force; Sailor charged in ricin incident; GRU agents ejected from Holland, indicted in US; and just a bit more...

October 4, 2018 U.S. heats up counter-Iran campaign. Defense One’s Katie Bo Williams: “Trump administration officials escalated their campaign to counter Iran in a slate of diplomatic announcements on Wednesday, punctuating a week of warnings that have ratcheted up bilateral tension and further fueled speculation that the United States is inching closer to...

Suspicious packages at the Pentagon; US clarifies ‘take out Russian missiles’ remark; ISIS, on the rise again?; USAF seeks cyberarms factory; And a bit more.

October 3, 2018 Looks like someone tried to send some poorly-made ricin to the Pentagon this week, and possibly the White House, too. Said the Defense Department in an announcement Tuesday: “On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility. The envelopes...

US threatens to ‘take out’ Russian missiles; Mattis in Paris; Chinese ship buzzes US destroyer; F-35 concerns persist as price declines; and just a bit more...

October 2, 2018 U.S. threatens “to take out” Russian medium-range missiles. On Tuesday, U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters in Brussels that the United States is prepared “to take out” medium-range missiles being developed by Russia in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Washington wants Russia to halt...