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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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Trump’s wall address; Russia preps AI roadmap; US Navy mulls Arctic port; China’s 5G fixation; And a bit more.

January 9, 2019 Trump’s Oval Office address. In a 9-minute speech on Tuesday evening, the president painted a dire threat picture of security at America's southern border — but offered little new to persuade Congress to provide $5.7 billion to beef up border barriers. Fact-check: As foreshadowed, the address contained several false or...

Erdogan slams Bolton over Syria; Trump’s false case for a wall; Shutdown starts to pinch industry; Kim visits Xi; And a bit more.

January 8, 2019 Turkey’s Erdogan says John Bolton has made a "serious mistake" in trying to slow down President Trump’s mid-December order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Not only that, but Erdogan tried to pull rank on Bolton in a public address this morning, saying, “Mr. Trump’s views on Syria and his...

US troops sent to Gabon; Americans captured with ISIS; What’s going on in Somalia?; DOD seeks AI combat ethics; And a bit more.

January 7, 2019 At least one and possibly two Americans have been captured from ISIS in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced this weekend. One of the two men: Warren Clark, a 34-year-old Texas man who joined after sending his resume and cover letter to the group. His story, via Seamus Hughes...

RIP, US strategy; Troops returning to border; Bolton heads to Turkey; DOJ admits errors in immigration report; And a bit more.

January 4, 2019 Bye, bye, U.S. defense strategy? Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron takes stock of President Trump’s recent foreign-policy moves, and finds a definitive retreat not just from his administration’s professed strategies — but even from strategy itself. “After deferring to establishment national security advisors like Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Chief...

Shutdown, Day 13; Chinese probe lands on moon; Women in defense power jobs; Surprising recruiting moves; And a bit more.

January 3, 2019 Today is Day 13 of the U.S. government shutdown. Today is also Day One for the 116th United States Congress. Overnight in space, China became the first nation to land on the far side of the moon. And on TV Wednesday — seated beside the new Pentagon chief, Patrick Shanahan...

Meet the new boss; Shutdown watch; DoD negotiator removed from job; What’s ahead for Xi, Kim, and Putin; And a bit more.

January 2, 2019 Welcome to 2019! And good luck to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who “has less experience in government (a year and a half) or the military (none) than any defense secretary since an oil magnate served as the acting head of the Pentagon for several weeks during Watergate 45 years...

Mattis quits; Trump orders Afghan drawdown; Space Force under Air Force; Chinese hackers indicted; And a bit more.

December 21, 2018 SecDef Mattis has resigned over multiple disagreements with POTUS45. To begin, President Donald Trump announced Defense Secretary James Mattis’s “retirement” on Twitter Thursday afternoon. Moments later, the Pentagon released a letter Mattis hand-delivered to the president at the White House. Trump’s farewell tweet at 5:21 p.m. EDT: "General Jim Mattis...

Surprise! Get out of Syria; World reacts; 2nd, 3rd Fleets become expeditionary; And a bit more.

December 20, 2018 President Trump is tweeting about Syria again, as he continues to simultaneously promote, explain and attempt to carry out perhaps his most consequential foreign policy decision to date: pulling the U.S. military out of Syria entirely. Quick recap: On Wednesday we all learned Trump is publicly convinced the Islamic State...

US exiting Syria; Big Turkish arms sale approved; Russia’s maneuverable ICBM; Hackers post UN and EU cables; And a bit more.

December 19, 2018 The U.S. has already begun withdrawing some of its roughly 2,000 troops from Northeastern Syria, the White House announced this morning after word broke initially from The Wall Street Journal and CNN. CNN emphasized President Trump’s desire for a "full" and "rapid" exit from Syria — something he shocked many...

Inhofe vs. Smith; Ceasefire in Yemen; Afghan peace talks; Army orders light tanks for tests; And a bit more.

December 18, 2018 Clashing worldviews on Capitol Hill. “Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., disagree on a lot of things,” writes Defense One’s Katie Bo Williams. There are individual policy differences, on the one hand; but more deeply there is a “fundamental schism” in their worldviews. That schism is perhaps...