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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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China, global mediator; Afghan-war commander says Trump’s plan is working; DOD R&D, detailed; DEFCON vote-hacker speaks out; And a bit more...

August 23, 2018 China’s global profile is rising quickly. “In 2017 Beijing was mediating in nine conflicts, a visible increase compared to only three in 2012, the year when Xi Jinping took power as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party,” according to a new report from the Mercator Institute for China Studies....

Afghan war intensifies; US bombs Somali targets; NorK continues nuke work; Ukraine’s armed drone; And a bit more...

August 22, 2018 This morning from Kabul: Gen. John Nicholson briefs reporters on how things are going on day 6,163 of the conflict in Afghanistan. Gen. “Mick” Nicholson goes live via VTC at 11 a.m. EDT. BTW: The Afghan war “may be growing more intense than anything since the 1980s,” according to this...

AQ bomb-maker, killed; Secret war for DoD’s huge cloud job; Night Stalker dies in Iraq; Russians spoofed US Senate websites; and just a bit more...

August 21, 2018 Al-Qaeda’s chief bomb maker is believed to have been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, U.S. officials confirmed with confidence to multiple news agencies on Monday. You’ve heard of this guy. His name is Ibrahim al-Asiri, and he “designed the so-called 'underwear bomb,' which nearly took down a...

Another Afghan ceasefire; 175 former natsec leaders decry Trump; Russia plans giant exercise; Joint Staff’s wargaming push; And a bit more...

August 20, 2018 Afghan President Ghani announced another unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban timed to the Islamic calendar, this time coinciding with Eid al-Adha. So far the Taliban have not formally joined in the cessation of hostilities, but Reuters reports group leaders “provisionally agreed a four-day truce” ending on Saturday. If everyone’s lucky,...

Trump’s parade, postponed; China to arm bombers with nukes; Intel chiefs slam clearance revocation; US VIP jets getting $34m more posh; and just a bit more...

August 17, 2018 President Trump cancels his military parade after reported costs rise 666%. This morning on Twitter, the commander in chief cancelled the parade he had ordered in Washington, D.C., for this upcoming November. Tweeted POTUS45 of his thinking: “The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they...

Looser limits on cyber attacks; Trump retaliates against critic; Marines in North African gunfight; War and peace is not fake news; and just a bit more...

August 16, 2018 Trump loosens restrictions on cyber-attacking, The Wall Street Journal reports. One WH official called it an “offensive step forward” that’s reportedly “intended to help support military operations, deter foreign election influence and thwart intellectual property theft by meeting such threats with more forceful responses.” Key point: It’s a reversal of...

Bomb in Kabul kills dozens; Taliban retreat from Ghazni City; One company, two hypersonic missiles; Your face will trigger malware; and just a bit more...

August 15, 2018 At least 48 people were killed when an explosion rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul this morning. Early indications suggest a suicide bomber detonated in front of “an educational center in a mainly Shi’ite area in the west of the Afghan capital,” Reuters reports from Kabul. Some 67 people were...

Assault on Ghazni, day 5; Russian spyware in your router; Open Skies, closed; Car attack in London; and just a bit more...

August 14, 2018 The Taliban attacked another base in Afghanistan, killing 17 more of Kabul’s troops, the Associated Press reports this morning from the capital. Another 19 troops were reportedly wounded in the Taliban assault — which extended for three days, but really gained steam Monday night after the Afghan troops ran out...

4-day battle for key Afghan city; Army’s newest AI; Info-sharing, California style; Suicide scramble; and just a bit more...

August 13, 2018 At least 100 Afghan troops have been killed in an ongoing four-day battle with the Taliban in Ghazni City. Reporting from the capital 75 miles away, the Associated Press writes that the Taliban’s “multi-pronged assault overwhelmed [Ghazni’s] defenses and allowed insurgents to capture several parts of it” since Friday. Bigger...

DoD bans some GPS use; 200 troops to fight California wildfires; Iran sanctions, reimposed; Open Qs on Space Force; and just a bit more...

August 7, 2018 Drop that FitBit, soldier! The U.S. military has ordered its personnel to immediately stop using geolocation services — on both personal and government-issued devices — in all “operational areas.” That covers smartphones, tablets, fitness trackers, smartwatches and all other applications with geolocation features, Nextgov reports. ‘Operational areas’? “The Pentagon defines...