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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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Turkey complicates things; Obama’s final message to Africa; Gitmo plan has one big problem; Corps bids M16 adieu?; And a bit more.

July 28, 2015 At Turkey’s request, NATO ambassadors met this morning in Brussels to shore up political support for its escalated role in the wider war against the Islamic State, as well as Ankara’s targeting of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq. The meeting is likely “a precursor to a request for...

Creating a ‘safe zone’ in Syria; China’s ‘clearly military’ new islands; Obama’s African journey; SOCOM chiefs discuss women’s roles; And a bit more.

July 27, 2015 Safe zone, buffer zone, Islamic State-free zone—just don’t call it a “no-fly” zone. The sudden escalation of the Turkish military’s role in the fight against the Islamic State brings with it a plan to clear militants from a patch of land 50 miles wide and 25 miles deep along northern...

Turkey joins ISIS fight; Carter praises Peshmerga; DOD fixes anthrax blame; ’80s-riffic Coast Guard video surfaces; And a bit more.

July 24, 2015 In a long-sought shift in Ankara’s reluctance to engage the Islamic State, three Turkish F-16s flying out of Diyarbakir airbase in southeast Turkey bombed two ISIS “command centers” and a gathering point inside Syria this morning, killing nearly three dozen militants, AP reports. The jets reportedly never entered Syrian airspace...

Carter drops into Baghdad; Obama relents on Gitmo plan; The skinny on arming troops stateside; When robots call the shots; and a bit more.

July 23, 2015 U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit to Baghdad this morning to assess the sectarian state of affairs and to hear how plans to retake the strategic city of Ramadi are progressing. Iraqi security forces are in the 10th day of a counteroffensive in greater Anbar province, and...

Arming recruiters gains steam; Carter, Netanyahu meet, disagree; Khorasan Group leader killed; Making a country vanish; Gitmo closure hiccup; And a bit more.

July 22, 2015 The U.S. Army should “seriously consider” arming military recruiters if legal obstacles are removed, says Gen. Mark Milley, the head of Army Forces Command — and Obama’s pick to be the next Army chief of staff. Speaking at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Milley...

Heartbreak in Chattanooga; ISIS missile hits Egyptian warship; Shake-up at CSBA; $135K to keep flying drones; And just a bit more.

July 17, 2015 The FBI is leading what U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called a “national security investigation” following yesterday’s two-site, drive-by shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tenn., that left four U.S. Marines dead and three others wounded. The gunman, a middle-class 24-year-old Kuwaiti-born man who came to the U.S. in 1996, was not...

Obama makes his case; Air war heats up in Afghanistan; 4th Infantry Division to Europe?; Delta Force saves history; and just a bit more.

July 16, 2015 The only real alternative to an Iran deal was war, U.S. President Barack Obama explained to reporters at an unusually lengthy White House presser kicking off his 60-day campaign to convince skeptical U.S. voters and lawmakers—Democrats in particular—that the new accord is in the world’s best interests, the Washington Post...

Iran’s nervous neighbors; Another top US general fingers Russia as top threat; How tech could help cheat an Iran deal; The growing tragedy of the Russian air force; And a bit more.

July 15, 2015 Fears that Iran will take on a larger military role in the Middle East now dominate regional security dynamics in the wake of yesterday’s historic nuclear deal. The Washington Post reported concerns that the deal “could spark a regional arms race.” One anonymous Saudi diplomat said his country would look...

What’s in the Iran deal; U.S. to train Ukrainian army?; JIEDDO’s new name; Mil suicides are down; And a bit more.

July 14, 2015 Historic Iran deal reached. After nearly a decade of fits and starts capped by 20 months of negotiations and another two weeks of extensions, Western and Iranian diplomats have at last arrived at a “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, AP’s George Jahn and Matt Lee...

Anbar counteroffensive begins (again); UAV pivot to Libya; Three-way aircraft carrier swap; Walker throws his hat in; And a bit more.

July 13, 2015 Have drones, will travel…near Libya. The United States is looking to its North African allies to stage drones close to Libya so that Western intelligence agencies’ can gain a better picture of the Islamic State group’s increasingly destabilizing affiliates in the region, the Wall Street Journal’s Adam Entous and Gordon...