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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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Drone attack on a head of state; Trump: my campaign sought Russian info; Space superpower, declining; Estonia’s warbots; and just a bit more...

August 6, 2018 First drone attack on a head of state. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech on the country’s economy Saturday in Caracas when an explosion erupted in the sky, The New York Times reports. “One general ducked. Cilia Flores, the first lady, stumbled and reached to clutch the arm...

Pompeo questions Kim’s ‘commitment to denuclearize’; USAF wants supply bases in space; Senate GOP axes election-security funds; How Russia fueled a conspiracy theory; and just a bit more...

August 3, 2018 SecState Pompeo is unhappy with North Korea, calling into question Chairman Kim's "commitment to denuclearize" at the June Trump-Kim summit in Singapore in light of U.S. intelligence reports that North Korea is still manufacturing missiles, according to Reuters this morning. Venue: Association of Southeast Asian Nations, meeting today in Singapore....

Taliban ‘destroy’ ISIS in N Afghanistan; Final fight against ISIS in Syria?; Iran's naval drills; 2 ways to read intel on North Korea; Terror attacks have become less frequent, deadly; And a bit more.

August 2, 2018 The Taliban has “destroyed” ISIS in northern Afghanistan, The New York Times reported Wednesday citing “officials on all sides.” The scene would appear to be very memorable, if the Times’ reporting is true —that “Hundreds of ISIS fighters surrendered to the government” on Wednesday, “with many others killed or taken...

3D-printed guns, on hold; Hostile Facebook op, stopped; Space Force report, delayed; NK repatriation, incomplete; and just a bit more…

August 1, 2018 The Space Force report isn’t going to Congress today. One day after Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber reported details from a 14-page draft report to Congress in which Defense Department leaders laid out a surprisingly quick plan to reorganize the military’s space activities, a Pentagon spokesman says the report’s anticipated Aug....

Space Force moves ahead; NK is making new ICBMs; Trump wants Iran summit; Syria, 21st-century battle lab; and just a bit more...

July 31, 2018 Space Force moves ahead. On Wednesday, Pentagon officials are slated to tell Congress that they intend to start creating the separate branch of the armed services dubbed the Space Force. Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber got an exclusive look at a July 30 14-page draft of the plan. Here’s the scoop:...

Border-wall shutdown threatened; US, Taliban met last week; Do Not Buy list of software; TSA surveillance; and just a bit more...

July 30, 2018 Weekend Trump tweet: No border wall? No government. The tweet, as written by the president on Sunday: “I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!” Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc....

US dead come home; Russia targets US senator; China continues economic spying; Bidding opens for giant war cloud contract; and just a bit more...

July 27, 2018 The repatriation of deceased U.S. soldiers from North Korea has begun, the White House announced Thursday evening. The process — part of what was agreed upon when President Trump met Kim Jong-un at the Singapore summit — moved forward hours ago as some 55 initial cases of alleged remains passed...

NK still making bomb fuel; F-15X details; Big personnel reform, at last; Stop losing the infowar; and just a bit more...

July 26, 2018 North Korea is still making nuclear-bomb fuel despite what U.S. officials have said is a pledge to denuclearize. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked about it at a Wednesday Senate committee. “Yes, that’s correct,” he responded. “Yes, they continue to produce fissile material.” The Guardian reports: “Pompeo declined...

NDAA, on time?; Shabaab strikes joint US-Somali base; No Space Force this year; How US, Russia can cooperate; and just a bit more...

July 25, 2018 Congress may actually finish a defense budget bill on time this year. If the House and Senate both approve the 2019 Defense Authorization Act in August, it would be the first time an NDAA has been passed before the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year since 1996, according to...

NK dismantling missile-test facility; FY19 authorization bill; China’s AI-powered robot subs; No-bid maintenance contract for new AF1s ; and just a bit more...

July 24, 2018 North Korea dismantling missile-development site. 38North says key facilities are being taken down at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, where Pyongyang tested the liquid-fueled engines that now power its ICBMs. The Stimson Center-affiliated site calls this “an important first step towards fulfilling a commitment made by Kim Jong Un at...