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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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New US cyber strategy; Brits to add 2K cyber troops; Army to uparmor 2 BCTs; Rovers on an astroid; Did USAF highball Space Force cost?; And a bit more.

September 21, 2018 The National Cyber Strategy came out Thursday from the White House, after months of prodding from Congress. National Security Adviser John Bolton confirmed earlier reports that it loosens Obama-era restrictions on offensive and retaliatory online actions. The 40-page doc got general praise, including this from Chris Painter, Obama’s top State...

The US-$audi link in Yemen; Kim’s letter to Trump; Calm in Idlib?; Pentagon’s war on scooters; And a bit more.

September 20, 2018 Here’s why the U.S. is still backing the Saudi/UAE war in Yemen: In part, it appears, because SecState Mike Pompeo rejected proposals to end support “after being warned that a cutoff could jeopardize $2 billion in weapons sales to America’s Gulf allies,” the typically-paywalled Wall Street Journal reports, citing “a...

Small steps in Korea; Trump’s threat to FISA; Why 386 squadrons?; Sailor dies on flight deck; And a bit more.

September 19, 2018 Korean leaders appear to have taken a few steps toward denuclearization of the peninsula during Tuesday’s inter-Korean summit part three, which continues today from Pyongyang. The good news: North Korea’s Kim Jong-un “promised to accept international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad,”...

USAF pushes back on Space Force; Inter-Korean summit; Russian warplane, downed; AI-powered jet-killing boat; And a bit more.

September 18, 2018 Air Force secretary pushes back on Space Force, calls for 24% more squadrons. We’ll get to the news out of the Air Force Association’s big annual conference just outside Washington, D.C., but let’s talk first about a Space Force memo sent Friday by Secretary Heather Wilson. $13B over five years....

Prelude to 3rd Korean summit; Putin, Erdogan meet; How to spread a conspiracy; 1-on-1 with NATO’s Stoltenberg; And a bit more.

September 17, 2018 What to expect at this week’s third inter-Korean summit. AP says South Korean President Moon Jae-in “will have two major tasks” when he meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: “He needs to keep Pyongyang’s talks with Washington on denuclearization from breaking down so that his own efforts at...

Deficit soars; 1-on-1 with Leonardo’s Bill Lynn; AFA preview; and more.

September 13, 2018 The federal deficit is soaring, which is what happens when you cut taxes and spend more. A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office lays it out: the deficit for fiscal 2018 will be $895 billion, some $222 billion more than last year’s. And in fiscal 2019? It’s on...

Japan downs ballistic missile in test; Al Qaeda ‘very much alive’; The regrets of spy chiefs; And a bit more.

September 12, 2018 How are America’s allies in Yemen doing? Just fine, thanks for asking. As the U.S. Congress requested, SecState Mike Pompeo “certified” the Saudis and Emiratis are “working to avoid harming civilians in Yemen, a determination required by this year’s defense spending bill,” Reuters reports this morning from the State Department....

9/11, remembered; al Qaeda, still dangerous; Syrian ‘Roundup’; The military’s new tooth mics; And a bit more.

September 11, 2018 A hallowed morning at the Pentagon: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva are speaking publicly on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon Memorial — and in the presence of distinguished guest Vice President Mike Pence. Some...

US show-of-force in Syria; No nukes in NorK parade; Face recognition deployed at Dulles; The weaponization of everything; And a bit more.

September 10, 2018 The U.S. military in Syria held an air-and-ground force exercise on Friday, and immediately told the world about it. Here’s the announcement from U.S. Central Command. The point of it all: To “demonstrate the capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target with integrated air and ground forces, and conduct a...

Civilians flee Idlib as battle nears; DARPA’s telepathy drones; Trump to run UN’s Iran meeting; Yemen peace talks; And a bit more.

September 7, 2018 “The bloodiest conflict yet in [Syria’s] long and painful civil war” could be just around the corner, ABC News reports from neighboring Turkey. Turkey happens to be right up against Syria’s Idlib province, where some 1 million rebels have been quarantined by Assad regime troops over the last several months....