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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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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...

POTU$’ budget U-turn; Milley tapped for CJCS; Russia’s recent cyber attacks; C-130 conga line; And a bit more.

December 10, 2018 President Trump abruptly changed his mind last week and OK’d a $750-billion defense budget, Politico’s Wesley Morgan reported on Sunday. The decision comes amid growing and unprecedented legal pressures for the president. And it apparently happened five days ago over lunch at the White House between Trump, Defense Secretary Jim...

F-35 gets smarter; ISIS’ real origins; Boeing withdraws from China satellite deal; TSA cyber roadmap; And a bit more.

December 7, 2018 F-35 combat testing begins. The extensive tests are getting off the ground some 15 months behind schedule, thanks to “an extension in flight testing, software glitches and delays, and quality issues,” Bloomberg reports. The aircraft must pass them before the Pentagon can buy “of a planned 2,456 aircraft. More than...

Deadly midair collision; Yemen peace talks; DPRK expands ICBM base; FONOPs near Russia; And a bit more.

December 6, 2018 Developing this morning: A Marine Corps KC-130 and an F/A-18 fighter jet collided in midair this morning about 55 nautical miles off southern Japan’s Kochi Prefecture, Marine Corps Times reports. Seven service members were involved between the two aircraft — five in the KC-130 and two from the F/A-18. So...

GOP senators slam Trump, Mattis; Russia’s Black Sea wargames; INF pullout draws near; Airbus looks to pounce on tanker buy; And a bit more.

December 5, 2018 GOP senators say the Trump administration is covering up Khashoggi’s killing. Emerging from a long-sought Capitol Hill briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday, Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., declared themselves convinced that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Washington...

Who may serve in uniform?; 4th soldier dies from IED; Nuclear anthropology; For DOD civilians, a dangerous double standard; And a bit more.

December 4, 2018 Thousands of green-card-holding recruits will finally head off to boot camp, thanks to a court order cancelling a Trump administration policy that has kept them in limbo for months. The year-old policy required extra background checks on top of the extra background checks already required for non-citizens who wish to...

Yemen peace talks?; Trump disavows ‘crazy’ defense spending; RIP, GHWB; Rebuilding sea life for war; And a bit more.

December 3, 2018 Yemen peace talks in Sweden this week? Reps from the Houthi rebel group of central and northern Yemen are expected to fly to Sweden for talks with the UN and the Saudi-led coalition, Reuters reports this morning from the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. These could be the first negotiations between...

Trump-Putin G20 drama; NATO’s Black Sea options; Nuclear diplomacy; Exosuit, demo’d; And a bit more.

November 30, 2018 Will they or won't they meet in Argentina? On Thursday, after the president’s former personal lawyer pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the Russia probe, Trump tweeted that he would no longer be meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of this weekend’s G20 summit in Argentina....

Space Force about-face; Senate rebukes Trump on Yemen; Taliban’s complex attack; Biggest public-health threat; And a bit more.

November 29, 2018 Space Force about-face: Since March, when President Trump surprised Pentagon leaders by “enthusiastically ad-libbing his desire” for a sixth military branch to handle space operations, they have been working with increasing speed to lay the groundwork for the legislation that would be necessary to make it happen. But key lawmakers...