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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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Happy H-bomb New Year; US casualties in Afghanistan; CNO sets new course for USN; Saudi-Iran break threatens Syrian peace hopes; and a bit more.

January 6, 2016 It’s a new year and North Korea wants the world’s attention. The Hermit Kingdom captured headlines late Tuesday by testing what it says was a hydrogen bomb just two days before its leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday. South Korean news media spread word of what it said almost had to...

China lands airplane on fake island; More countries break with Iran; Hackers cause power outage; ISIS’ favorite app has some flaws; and a bit more.

January 5, 2016 In a provocative first, Beijing landed a plane on one of its fake islands in the South China Sea. “Military flights will inevitably follow,” Reuters writes, after China “confirmed that a test flight by a civilian plane landed on an artificial island built in the Spratlys, the first time Beijing...

Mopping up in Ramadi; SpecOps A2 teams in Afghanistan; Bahrain cuts Iran ties; US troops leave Ethiopia; and a bit more.

January 4, 2016 The new year finds Baghdad’s forces playing a monumental game of cleanup in Ramadi nearly a week after retaking the city from ISIS—an operation estimated to have destroyed some 80 percent of the city, the Wall Street Journal reports. “On Sunday, Iraqi soldiers were still picking through land mines and...

Ramadi-retaking bogs down; Helmand situation deteriorating; What to watch in 2016; A few holiday #Longreads; and a bit more...

December 23, 2015 The battle to retake Ramadi is bogged down to skirmishes, occasional car bombs, sniper fire and tit-for-tat mortar exchanges between Islamic State fighters and Iraqi security forces. Baghdad’s troops still have not taken the government compound at the heart of the Anbar provincial capital, but an Iraqi general told Agence...

Iraqi troops storm Ramadi; Something’s missing from Syrian peace roadmap; ISIS radio chills Afghanistan; Predictions for 2016; and a bit more...

December 22, 2015 Iraqi security forces have entered the center of the Islamic State-held Anbar capital of Ramadi. The troops entered downtown Ramadi from the north, south and east—backed by Sunni tribesmen on the ground and airstrikes from the Iraqi and U.S. Air Force above—in the hopes of clearing militants from what the...

Fighting in Afghanistan gets worse; UN OKs Syrian peace roadmap; Obama talks to NPR; How Trump and ISIS help each other; and a bit more...

December 21, 2015 Six U.S. troops were killed today in Kabul when a motorcycle-borne suicide bomber drove into a joint U.S.-Afghan foot patrol in Parwan province, north of Kabul, at 1 p.m. local, NBC News and Fox News reports. In addition to the six Americans killed, two more were wounded along with an...

ISIS launches 4-pronged attack in Iraq; Carter in Afghanistan; Drug lords spoofing DHS drones; Marines get high-tech mortars; and a bit more...

December 18, 2015 Unlike Afghanistan, there’s no such thing as a fighting “season” in Iraq. Seventeen hours of French, British, and Canadian airstrikes killed 180 of some 300 Islamic State fighters who had engaged in a four-pronged attack that the Washington Post says “kicked off the most intense fighting that northern Iraq has...

Iraq rebuffs US on troops; Anti-missile base almost ready in Romania; Putin admits invading Ukraine, sorta; Everything the candidates have said about military force, compiled; and a bit more...

December 17, 2015 Iraq doesn’t want more U.S. troops in its country or those Apache attack helicopters to help eject ISIS from Ramadi. That’s the takeaway from U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s face-to-face with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad on Wednesday. Baghdad is already seething from the unilateral deployment of some...

‘Carpet-bombing’ at the GOP debate; Carter in Iraq; Today in missiles; How we got from Aylan to Trump; and a bit more...

December 16, 2015 Donald Trump rather predictably took the lion’s share of heat from his rivals at last night’s GOP debate. But many of the candidates struggled to spell out their national security strategies, particularly regarding the Islamic State. The three senators on stage—Cruz, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida—tussled...

Change a-coming for the COCOMs; Obama’s 8-minute war speech; 34 Islamic nations join against ISIS; Russian battlebots, on the way; and more.

December 15, 2015 The Pentagon isn’t organized to take on globe-spanning threats, says Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. The 30-year-old system that divided the world among 4-star combatant commanders can’t handle transregional challenges like ISIS, Dunford said yesterday at a national security forum co-hosted by the Center for a New American Security...