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Staff Correspondent Caroline Houck is a staff correspondent at Defense One. She previously was an Atlantic Media fellow.
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Okay, Say Someone Hacks into the US Power Grid. Then What?

December 6, 2017 “On a scale of 1 to 10,” the threat of a cyber attack on U.S. critical infrastructure is “a 7 or an 8,” the Department of Homeland Security warned lawmakers last week. And indeed, someone has been probing the defenses of utilities, key manufacturers, and others. So what happens if...

The US Army Knows It’s Vulnerable to Space Attack. Here’s What They Want to Do About It

December 4, 2017 The Pentagon is well aware that its modern way of war is vulnerable to disruption, thanks to its reliance on satellites for communications, navigation, and timing. This has led the Army to reintroduced training with paper maps, and the Navy to break out its sextants. (Even Russian forces reportedly practiced...

Top Enlisted Leaders Push Back: There Is No Readiness ‘Crisis’

November 28, 2017 Despite a rash of fatal accidents across the services, the U.S. military’s top enlisted leaders said Monday that Washington’s talk of a readiness crisis was overblown. “I’ve been in 34 years. Every day there’s a crisis in something,” Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green said at a press...

Top Enlisted Leaders Push Back: There Is No Readiness ‘Crisis’

November 28, 2017 Despite a rash of fatal accidents across the services, the U.S. military’s top enlisted leaders said Monday that Washington’s talk of a readiness crisis was overblown. “I’ve been in 34 years. Every day there’s a crisis in something,” Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green said at a press...

Army Chief: The US Needs More Troops in Europe

November 16, 2017 In order for the U.S. military to do its primary job in Europe — deter Russian aggression — America will need to send more troops there in the coming years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said today. Big moves would depend upon decisions made in the forthcoming National...

Inside the Weirdest Relationship a NATO Ally Has with Russia

November 16, 2017 KIRKENES, NORWAY — One tree-lined kilometer back from NATO’s northernmost border with Russia, a Norwegian sergeant sorts through his gear in a wood-trimmed guardhouse: multiple layers of cold-weather gear, his rifle, a combat helmet — and a pocket-sized flag of the Russian Border Service, a tongue-in-cheek testament to an unusual...

Army Chief: The US Needs More Troops in Europe

November 15, 2017 In order for the U.S. military to do its primary job in Europe — deter Russian aggression — America will need to send more troops there in the coming years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said today. Big moves would depend upon decisions made in the forthcoming National...

Congress Is Concerned About Who Gets to Launch Nuclear Bombs

November 14, 2017 Congress hasn’t held a hearing on nuclear launch authority in 41 years, according to the Congressional Research Service. That changed Tuesday when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hears testimony from a retired StratCom commander, a former acting deputy defense secretary for policy, and a noted Duke University professor. Beyond any...

Congress Is Concerned About Who Gets to Launch Nuclear Bombs

November 13, 2017 Congress hasn’t held a hearing on nuclear launch authority in 41 years, according to the Congressional Research Service. That will change tomorrow — Tues., Nov. 14 — when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hears testimony from a retired StratCom commander, a former acting deputy defense secretary for policy, and a...

Paying Off Post-9/11 War Debt Could Cost $8 Trillion: Report

November 9, 2017 The post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere have been fought with borrowed money, enough to require up to $8 trillion in interest payments in coming decades, a new report says. Unlike America’s previous wars, its 21st-century conflicts have been paired not with a tax hike or massive sale of...