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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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Did China hack US motherboards?; Industrial-base report, previewed; New tool to fight fake news; ‘Light footprints’ mean shaky intel; And a bit more.

October 5, 2018 Big, if true: China put tiny spy chips on many U.S. servers. That’s the word from Bloomberg Businessweek, whose cover story published Thursday asserts that Beijing persuaded Chinese hardware manufacturers to install a surveillance chip, half the size of a grain of rice, on the motherboards of hundreds of thousands...

US heats up counter-Iran campaign; Navy proposes show-of-force; Sailor charged in ricin incident; GRU agents ejected from Holland, indicted in US; and just a bit more...

October 4, 2018 U.S. heats up counter-Iran campaign. Defense One’s Katie Bo Williams: “Trump administration officials escalated their campaign to counter Iran in a slate of diplomatic announcements on Wednesday, punctuating a week of warnings that have ratcheted up bilateral tension and further fueled speculation that the United States is inching closer to...

Suspicious packages at the Pentagon; US clarifies ‘take out Russian missiles’ remark; ISIS, on the rise again?; USAF seeks cyberarms factory; And a bit more.

October 3, 2018 Looks like someone tried to send some poorly-made ricin to the Pentagon this week, and possibly the White House, too. Said the Defense Department in an announcement Tuesday: “On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility. The envelopes...

US threatens to ‘take out’ Russian missiles; Mattis in Paris; Chinese ship buzzes US destroyer; F-35 concerns persist as price declines; and just a bit more...

October 2, 2018 U.S. threatens “to take out” Russian medium-range missiles. On Tuesday, U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters in Brussels that the United States is prepared “to take out” medium-range missiles being developed by Russia in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Washington wants Russia to halt...

Iranian missiles hit Syria; Mattis axes Beijing visit; F-35’s busy week; Lessons from China’s Space Force; And a bit more.

October 1, 2018 Iran launched six ballistic missiles in a “no-notice strike” on targets along Syria’s Middle Euphrates River Valley last night, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS announced this morning on Twitter — his first tweet in four days. According to U.S. Army Col. Sean Ryan’s read, “open sources state...

F-35 bombs the Taliban; Another clue to US Syria policy; Boeing’s great month; How should we count cyber attacks? And a bit more.

September 28, 2018 America’s F-35 gets its war stripes. A stationary Taliban target in Afghanistan was the target of the first airstrike by America’s fifth-generation aircraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It happened Thursday and seems to have popped up first on CNN. Watch a two-minute video of the F-35B’s takeoff and landing...

B-52s over the South China Sea; US tries new tack to shape Iraqi gov’t; Trump’s solo presser; DHS to replace bioterror-detectors; and just a bit more...

September 27, 2018 “Lookit those man-made islands.” The U.S. Air Force flew B-52 bombers “in the vicinity of” the South China Sea in a recent Guam-to-Diego Garcia mission, the Pentagon announced Wednesday (Reuters) — two days after indications that was happening surfaced via online flight trackers on Monday. The U.S. military called the...

F-35s to the 'Stan?; Trump’s fiery speech; Syrian mission creep?; Q&A with new DIU chief; And a bit more.

September 26, 2018 A defiant president meets a tough crowd at the UN. In a Tuesday speech to the UN General Assembly that was even more defiantly America-first than last year’s (and which was met briefly with laughter), President Trump “repeatedly asserted the rights of the individual nation-state, a message that for decades...

Bolton: US vs. Iran in Syria; UN chief sees ‘increasingly chaotic’ world; Afghan civilian deaths soar; USAF buys Italian helos; And a bit more.

September 25, 2018 The U.S. will keep troops in Syria as long as Iran is there, too, National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Monday — subtly contradicting senior military leaders who say that the U.S. is there only to fight ISIS, Defense One’s Katie Bo Williams writes in the run-up to this...

Terror strikes Iran; Trump’s UN agenda; How to kill a drone; New details on B-21 bomber; Army misses recruiting goal; And a bit more.

September 24, 2018 Iran is recovering from the deadliest terror attack on its soil in nearly a decade. It happened Saturday in Ahvaz, the provincial capital of Khuzestan, AP reports from funeral services inside the city today. At least 25 were killed and 60 wounded when militants (believed by Iranian officials to have...