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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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Is It Time for AFRICOM to Get Its Own Troops?

April 9, 2018 When four U.S. soldiers were killed in the west African country of Niger last year, many in the American public — and even some lawmakers who serve on foreign-policy committees — were surprised to discover the United States had troops there. In fact, more than 6,000 American troops are currently...

US Army Eyes Faster Weapons Development with a New Collaboration Hub

April 9, 2018 When the Pentagon wanted to expand its tech outreach beyond Silicon Valley, officials looked to Boston, opening the second DIUx location there in 2016. The Army Research Laboratory is now joining them, setting up its own “open campus” in the city to help make its innovation efforts more nimble and...

Trump Reverses, Says He’ll Keep U.S. Troops in Syria

April 5, 2018 Five days after hearing their mission might end abruptly, the U.S. commanders and troops who have been fighting ISIS in Syria got a new message from their commander in chief: their mission will continue indefinitely. President Donald Trump decided to keep the fight going, his spokeswoman said in a brief...

Denied Wall Funding, Trump Sends National Guard to Southern Border

April 4, 2018 Unable to secure a large funding boost to build a border wall, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an order to send U.S. National Guard troops to the southern border. Key details — like how many and how long they’ll be there — are still being worked out among the...

Trump Reverses, Says He’ll Keep US Troops in Syria

April 4, 2018 Five days after hearing their mission might end abruptly, the U.S. commanders and troops who have been fighting ISIS in Syria got a new message from their commander in chief: their mission will continue indefinitely. President Donald Trump decided to keep the fight going, his spokeswoman said in a brief...

Denied Wall Funding, Trump Sends National Guard to Southern Border

April 4, 2018 Unable to secure a large funding boost to build a border wall, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an order to send U.S. National Guard troops to the southern border. Key details — like how many and how long they’ll be there — are still being worked out among the...

A Day of Whiplash in the US’s Syria Policy

April 3, 2018 President Donald Trump’s ambivalence about the U.S. intervention in Syria played out live on Tuesday afternoon, as he and top military and diplomatic leaders for the region spoke at different televised and live-streamed events in D.C., less than a mile apart. Trump, hosting three visiting Baltic heads-of-state at the White...

Top Marine General: ‘I’ve Never Told a Marine They Could or Couldn’t Speak’ to the Press

March 29, 2018 Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, said he has not received or given any direction for Marines to stop talking to the press, and instead encourages the service to do public engagements. The commandant’s remarks stand in contrast to several of his fellow service chiefs’ stances on...

Where’s the New Transgender Troops Ban Headed? Look at the Travel Ban Fight

March 27, 2018 First came the bombshell tweets that surprised even Trump’s own Pentagon last July. Then, nearly a month later, the actual policy directive: a memorandum telling the military to reverse its planned acceptance of transgender recruits and to reconsider whether transgender people already in uniform should continue to serve. Lawsuits from...

Where’s the New Transgender Troops Ban Headed? Look at the Travel Ban Fight

March 27, 2018 First came the bombshell tweets that surprised even Trump’s own Pentagon last July. Then, nearly a month later, the actual policy directive: a memorandum telling the military to reverse its planned acceptance of transgender recruits and to reconsider whether transgender people already in uniform should continue to serve. Lawsuits from...