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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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A lieutenant’s murder plot; AFRICOM’s new hub; Russia’s Arctic UAVs; Europe rejects US’ Syria request; And a bit more.

February 21, 2019 Coast Guard lieutenant planned mass murder, federal prosecutors say. In a court filing, they called Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, arrested Friday on gun and drug charges, a “domestic terrorist” and self-described white nationalist who intended “to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.” His letters and...

WH officials pushed Saudi nuke sale; Trump signs Space Force order; A beefier F-16?; How China’s leaders view the world; And a bit more.

February 20, 2019 Trump administration officials tried to sell nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia “despite objections from members of the National Security Council and other senior White House officials, according to a new report from congressional Democrats,” the Washington Post and multiple other major news outlets reported Tuesday. Read the 24-page report...

States sue Trump over ‘crisis’; The world’s fastest hackers; Russian missile hoax?; Cyber attacks on Australia’s elections; And a bit more.

February 19, 2019 16 states sue Trump over emergency, border funds. “Contrary to the will of Congress, the president has used the pretext of a manufactured ‘crisis’ of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriated for drug interdiction, military construction and law enforcement initiatives toward building a wall...

Trump declares national emergency; State of Defense 2019; CENTCOM, UK spy chief: ISIS not done yet; Deadly terror attack in India; And a bit more.

February 15, 2019 Trump says he’ll declare a national emergency. Having failed for two years to persuade lawmakers to provide several billion dollars to extend barriers along the U.S. southern border, President Trump said Friday that “I’m going to be signing a national emergency.” Catch footage of this morning's remarks here. Next steps?...

Pence pushes Europe on Iran; The problem with DOD’s AI plan; Cyber deterrence, done right; Former USAF officer charged with spying; And a bit more.

February 14, 2019 VP Pence really wants the Europeans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. “Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been nearly as cooperative in following the U.S. lead on Iran,” Vice President Mike Pence said today during a conference on the Middle East organized by the United...

Dispatches from ISIS’ ‘last holdout’; AFRICOM wants more regular troops; Who’s building anti-satellite lasers; Navy plans ‘Naval University’; And a bit more.

February 13, 2019 ISIS is almost finished in its “last holdout” at the Syrian city of Baghouz, Agence France-Presse’s Maya Gebeily reports on location. (Gebeily’s also on Instagram for this, very possibly the final Syrian Democratic Forces offensive versus ISIS in Syria; find Gebeily’s photos from the field here. See also 53 seconds...

No-shutdown deal?; Army Strykers hacked; No new money for AI; UK plans drone swarms; And a bit more.

February 12, 2019 Lawmakers say they have a tentative deal to avoid a new shutdown, the Washington Post reports. Known-knowns: “The deal includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of fences along the border, compared with $5.7 billion Trump had sought for more than 200 miles of walls. The deal omits a strict new...

US sails through South China Sea; Trump set to sign executive order on AI; Shutdown looms again; US-DPRK talk ahead of summit; And a bit more.

February 11, 2019 China accused the U.S. of “tricks” after the U.S. Navy’s latest South China Sea sailthru. Two U.S. Navy warships just “conducted a freedom of navigation operation within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands” this weekend, U.S. officials told Reuters early this morning. (FWIW: The last known FONOP occurred Jan....

WSJ: US to leave Syria by end of April; Could Afghan peace talks merge?; SOCOM scraps ‘Iron Man’ suit; How Venezuela’s crisis might end; And a bit more.

February 8, 2019 The U.S. military is preparing to leave Syria by the end of April, “even though the Trump admin has no plan yet to protect its Kurdish partners from attack when they leave,” The Wall Street Journal’s Dion Nissenbaum and Nancy Youssef reported Thursday. Citing “current and former U.S. officials,” Nissenbaum...

Border city pushes back against C-wire; Bolton's offer to Venezuelan officers; FY20 budget day set; Planning to protect 2020 elections; And a bit more.

February 7, 2019 Nogales, Ariz., may have just become the first city to demand the Pentagon remove the C-wire just installed to deter southern migrants, KJZZ’s Michel Marizco reported Wednesday from Tucson. What’s going on here: “The town’s city council passed a resolution unanimously on Wednesday to formally condemn the wire, and demand...