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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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Moscow throws a monkey wrench; Bombs wrack Syrian city; Obama Doctrine has no heir apparent; Defense IT units to merge; and a bit more.

January 26, 2016 With Syrian peace talks slated to open Friday, Russia tossed a bit of a monkey wrench this morning by insisting that Kurds be invited to the table. The proposition, brought forward by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, was met with swift opposition from Ankara—which, like Moscow, faces accusations it is...

Quad-bombing in Cameroon; A ‘military solution’ for Syria?; Iran’s president seeks Euro investments; Rumsfeld’s videogame snowflakes; And a bit more.

January 25, 2016 A quadruple suicide bombing in northern Cameroon killed more than two dozen people this morning—a bloody reminder that Boko Haram-linked violence is in its sixth year, Reuters reports. Cameroon is among the four Nigerian neighbors who have contributed some 8,700 troops toward defeating the jihadist insurgency. More on Monday’s attack,...

Massacre in Somalia; Carter (and Bono) at Davos; U.S, Russian militaries advance in Syria; Senate leader’s surprise move; And a bit more.

January 22, 2016 Gunmen from al-Shebab killed nearly 20 people at a beachside restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia. “Five gunmen detonated a bomb before storming the busy restaurant and spraying gunfire at terrified customers late on Thursday,” Agence France-Presse reports. Security forces managed to kill four of the gunmen and detain one other, but...

ISIS shelters beneath a Syrian dam; USSOF in Libya; Syrian peace meeting delayed; $2B in bombs for Iraqi F-16s; and a bit more.

January 21, 2016 The Islamic State is holding prisoners at Syria’s largest dam as airstrike insurance, the Wall Street Journal reported. It’s the latest tactic we’ve seen from ISIS to counter the technological superiority of the 65-plus nations trying to end the group’s reign in Iraq and Syria. The obvious reason for housing...

Assault on a Pakistan university; Carter rolls up his sleeves in Paris; The most important tech on the F-35; Laser-armed anti-missile drones; and a bit more.

January 20, 2016 Gunmen allegedly from the Taliban’s Pakistan wing killed nearly two dozen people on the Bacha Khan University campus in Charsadda, about 30 miles northeast of Peshawar. The Washington Post reports at least four attackers “cut through a back fence...under cover of fog Wednesday” and proceeded to shoot their victims—almost of...

Carter seeks counter-ISIS help in Europe; Deadly days in Pakistan and Syria; What’s working, what’s not in U.S. diplomacy; McCain relents on SecArmy pick; and a bit more.

January 19, 2016 Ash Carter heads to Europe, seeking help in Paris, Davos. The U.S. defense secretary will meet counter-ISIS allies in France, then join Joe Biden, John Kerry, and Bono at Switzerland’s swanky — and controversial — World Economic Forum. His purpose: to take stock of the fight, describe the U.S. plan,...

Marine helos collide off Hawaii; More details on Iran-U.S. craft incident; We’ve been bombing Iraq for 25 years; NSA gives itself thumbs-up on privacy protection; And a bit more.

January 15, 2016 DEVELOPING: Two Marine helicopters collided off the Hawaii island of Oahu late last night, and the Coast Guard has zeroed in on a debris field, an empty life raft and fire on the water nearly two miles from the shore, CNN and CBS News report this morning. “The aircraft were...

Terror in Jakarta; US may expand ISIS fight; A-10 escapes retirement, for now; SOCOM’s next minisubs; And a bit more.

January 14, 2016 Multiple explosions and a tense gunfight broke out outside a Starbucks in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta this morning. Seven people were killed, including five attackers allegedly tied to the Islamic State group, and another 20 were wounded. A witness told the Associated Press “he was out on the street when...

Iran releases US sailors; State of the Union, annotated; South Korea fires at NorK drone; ISIS has a new secure messaging app; and a bit more.

January 13, 2016 After 16 hours in Iranian custody, 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their bunk Riverine Command Boats have been released into U.S. hands, and are headed to their original destination, Bahrain. “There are no indications that the Sailors were harmed during their brief detention,” Navy officials said in a statement. News...

Nearly a dozen dead in downtown Istanbul; US bombs Mosul cash stash; SOTU prep; Precision guidance for the B61 nuke; and a bit more.

January 12, 2016 Bombing hits Turkish tourism hub, killing nearly a dozen and wounding 15 others near the Hagia Sophia in the heart of Istanbul. President Tayyip Erdogan said a Syrian suicide bomber was to blame, and two Turkish officials said there was a high probability the Islamic State was behind the attack....