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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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‘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...

Dunford: New Defense Staff Needed to Meet Transregional Threats

December 14, 2015 To meet the transregional threats of today and tomorrow, the Pentagon needs a staff that can look at regional threats and make recommendations to the Defense Secretary, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said Monday. Currently, the lowest level of integration across regions is the secretary of defense, Dunford said at a...

Dunford: New Pentagon Staff Needed to Meet Transregional Threats

December 14, 2015 To meet the transregional threats of today and tomorrow, the Pentagon needs a staff that can look at regional threats and make recommendations to the Defense Secretary, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said Monday. Currently, the lowest level of integration across regions is the secretary of defense, Dunford said at a...

Obama visits the ’Gon; Iraq says ‘no, thanks’ to more US troops; Russian arms buys rise 50%; Navy’s newest LCS breaks down; and a bit more...

December 14, 2015 President Obama makes a rare appearance at the Pentagon today to meet with the members of his National Security Council. His goal: “to try to explain his strategy for stopping the Islamic State group abroad and its sympathizers at home,” the Associated Press reports in a preview of that trip...

Fear fear fear in the US; Adm. Olson on ‘gray wars’; 3 minutes with Ted Cruz; USAF needs more drone operators; and a bit more...

December 11, 2015 The national mood is grim, the New York Times reports. “Americans are more fearful about the likelihood of another terrorist attack than at any other time since the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001,” according to a new Times/CBS News poll. “Fifty-seven percent of Americans disapprove of [President Barack Obama’s] handling...

DOD wants more bases; Carter-McCain slapfight; Russia could block Baltic access; McChrystal slams drone strikes; and a bit more...

December 10, 2015 More U.S. bases in more places. Pentagon leaders have asked the White House to approve a new set of intelligence-gathering hubs across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to hone the U.S. strike campaign against the Islamic State and wannabe extremist groups across the globe. “The plan would all but...

Siege at Kandahar; 9 reasons people join ISIS; DoD slams Trump; Video: Russian subs fire cruise missiles; and a bit more...

December 9, 2015 A daylong siege at a civilian airport in Kandahar ended in defeat for the Taliban, but not before 37 civilians died and almost as many were wounded. The “10 to 15” fighters used automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, and suicide vests in their assault, which was meant to lead to an...

Pentagon: Russia killed Syrian troops; The anti-ISIS air campaign, by the numbers; New terror-alert system, coming up; USS Zumwalt puts to sea; and a bit more...

December 8, 2015 Russian airstrikes killed Syrian soldiers in eastern Syria, the Pentagon said Monday. The finger pointing came Monday amid reports that coalition aircraft were the ones to hit Syrian government forces late Sunday night in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, killing at least three of Assad’s troops and wounding nearly...

Obama: ‘New phase’ in the ISIS fight; DHS’ Johnson talks terror with Defense One; Turkey sends troops into Iraq; Save the runaway blimp; and a bit more.

December 7, 2015 America has entered a “new phase” in combating global terror that can threaten the U.S. homeland, President Barack Obama told the nation in a rare Oval Office address Sunday night. What’s new? Perhaps more than anything, the rising concern that extremists like the two suspects in the San Bernardino shooting...