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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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Iran, Trump exchange words; What the new great-power era demands; Alexander Hamilton on cyber policy; Russian robots in space?

July 23, 2018 Iran, Trump EXCHANGE WORDS. “America should know that peace with Iran would be the mother of all peace and war with Iran would be the mother of all wars,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday. That drew a tweeted response of 246 capital letters from U.S. President Donald Trump that...

What happened in Helsinki?; China targeted IoT before summit; Putin coming to DC; McFaul proposal puts Pompeo on the spot; and just a bit more...

July 20, 2018 What happened in Helsinki? Just about everyone in national security except President Trump and Russia are trying to figure out what the two leaders discussed and decided at their closed-door summit on Monday. That includes the U.S. Director of National Intelligence. “I don’t know what happened in that meeting,” DNI...

Russia: let’s start mil-to-mil, as agreed. Pentagon: huh?; Boeing pitches new F-15; Voting-machine maker lied; DARPA’s bugbot Olympics

July 19, 2018 Good morning, D Briefers, from 8,000 feet elevation and the annual Aspen Security Forum, which could not have been better timed. A list of Trump administration officials and national security leaders from military, intelligence, homeland and foreign policy circles have gathered to give a collective, “What the…?” and make sense...

Trump tries damage control; Russia ‘ready to move on new agreements’; Researchers pledge no lethal AI work; China’s quantum advances; and just a bit more...

July 18, 2018 Damage control. President Trump, reportedly shocked at how badly his performance in Helsinki went over, tried some damage control Tuesday, telling reporters that he accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election — but he immediately undermined that by continuing, “Could be other people also....

Russian charged with spying in DC; 164 die in Pakistan attack; New rules for hacker-proofing weapons; and just a bit more...

July 17, 2018 What do you do now, U.S. national security leaders? When a U.S. president stands next to a Russian strongman, takes his word about an attack on America over that of the U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement communities — all on the heels of a two-hour meeting in which no one but...

Trump meets Putin; Why US spies are worried; Nuclear-reactor diplomacy; What CEOs, military brass are talking about this week; and just a bit more.

July 16, 2018 Trump, Putin met one-on-one (with interpreters) in Helsinki for two hours and 10 minutes, according to the Russian side, after the Russian leader showed up an hour late. As we go to press, the two were to hold a post-meeting press conference. ‘U.S. foolishness and stupidity’: The American president began...

Trumpian turmoil in the UK; What’s at stake in Putin meeting; Army picks Austin for Futures Command; ‘Continuous monitoring’ of cleared feds; and just a bit more...

July 13, 2018 Trump "turmoil" continues in the UK. Thursday morning: “Trump reaffirmed support for NATO, but only after stirring more discord with a vague threat that the United States could go its own way if the allies resisted his demands for additional military spending, capping a summit meeting punctuated by his escalating...

Trump likes NATO; Ukraine sees 1,200 ceasefire violations a week; DPRK skips repatriation talks; How China, Russia, US AI centers differ; and just a bit more...

July 12, 2018 Sound and fury: After slamming NATO, Germany, and America’s other European allies, Donald Trump signed on to a rather standard joint statement reaffirming the alliance’s value against Russia and other threats. “I believe in NATO, I think NATO is very important, probably the greatest ever done,” he said at a...

Mattis wants ‘civilian surge’ in Afghanistan; POTUS at NATO; New space-plane tests go well; For sale: stolen Reaper manual; and just a bit more...

July 11, 2018 Correction: Today’s D Brief initially misstated the type of additional personnel that may be “surged” to Afghanistan. They are Defense Department civilian employees, not outside contractors. As expected, Trump hammers allies. CNN: “President Donald Trump came out brawling in his first public comments here ahead of NATO's annual summit, accusing...

NATO, nervous; Russia builds up in Kaliningrad; Mattis sends thank-you to Saudi; Your suggestions for the Army’s next slogan; and just a bit more...

July 10, 2018 As NATO’s leaders gather, whither the alliance? “NATO summit meetings were once ritualistic events, with the member nations assembling to proclaim that the alliance had never been stronger and pledging to work together on the security issues of the day,” writes the New York Times. “In the Trump era, however,...