Jennifer Hlad, Defense One

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Alexandria, VA, United States

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Today's D Brief: SDF stop patrols with US in Syria; What Erdogan wants; F-15s leaving Okinawa; More DPRK sanctions; And a bit more.

The U.S. military’s partners in Syria just suspended all joint operations with the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS terrorists in the region, officials from the Syrian Democratic Forces told Reuters on Friday. Why? The Turkish military is preparing a ground invasion into Kurdish-held lands in northern Syria. (Kurds are often referred to as the world’s largest stateless ethnic group.) And this… → Read More

Today's D Brief: Majority of Americans 'stand with Ukraine' in new survey; 6 letter bombs in Spain; ISIS leader killed; US gun violence near 3-decade high; And a bit more.

New: American’s trust and confidence in the military increased slightly over the past year—but it’s still close to a five-year low, according to a new survey of about 2,500 people polled by the Ronald Reagan Institute. Conducted in early November after the U.S. midterm elections, the polling found that 48 percent of Amercians have trust and confidence in the military, compared to 45 percent last… → Read More

The Air & Space Brief: B-21 rollout; Space Force standup; ‘New normal’ for Taiwan; and more…

Welcome to the Defense One Air and Space newsletter. Here are our top stories this week: Big reveal. Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force will unveil the top-secret B-21 stealth bomber at a Friday ceremony in California, Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber reports. But it’s unlikely that many other new details will be released about the plane, which was designed to evade radar detection and fly… → Read More

Today's D Brief: NATO FMs meet in Romania; How Russia's military is evolving; B-21 preview; New Navy FONOP in the SCS; And a bit more.

How to help a friend in dire need? NATO foreign ministers are meeting today in the Romanian capital of Bucharest to drum up ways to assist Ukraine in repairing and rebuilding its gas and power infrastructure after two months of intense bombardment from the Russian military. And that means air defense systems are also one of the big topics today in Bucharest, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens… → Read More

The Air & Space Brief: KC-46 marathon; Boeing reorg; No more BEAST mode; and more…

Welcome to the Defense One Air and Space newsletter. Here are our top stories this week: Marathon mission. The U.S. Air Force recently flew a KC-46 for 36 straight hours—from New Hampshire to the Pacific and back, a total of 16,000 miles—just to prove it could, Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber reports. During the flight, the tanker refueled Hawaii-based F-22 fighter jets and was itself refueled… → Read More

Today's D Brief: Winter cold hits Ukraine; Russia's imagery problem; China's new missile; Iran strikes targets in Iraq; And a bit more.

The cold season has officially come to Ukraine. And officials are encouraging citizens in liberated cities to evacuate in the hopes of eking out an existence this winter elsewhere across the country—hopefully someplace with electricity and heat. The first snows fell across the capital city of Kyiv on Thursday. After a chilly weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk on Monday promised… → Read More

Today's D Brief: Outages affect 10 million in Ukraine; Brits ramp up artillery, naval production; NKorea launches another ICBM; Troops attacked in Syria; And a bit more.

10 million Ukrainians went to sleep without any electricity last night, President Volodymir Zelenskyy said in his evening address Thursday, which marked 38 weeks that Russia has been trying to invade its democratic neighbor. Ten million people without power amounts to nearly a quarter of the country’s prewar population of 44 million; and it follows another day of missile attacks on Ukrainian… → Read More

Today's D Brief: Milley cites WWI, pushes for Ukraine talks; $14M for more HIMARS; Zelenskyy's plans for Crimea; GOP win House control; And a bit more.

The U.S. Army says it just spent $14 million to replenish High Mobility Artillery Rocket System rounds, which have been sent to Ukraine for the past several months, and have helped prepare the battlefield for a Ukrainian counteroffensive that’s been retaking occupied territory since September. HIMARS-maker Lockheed Martin won the contract on Oct. 6, Army officials announced Thursday. One big Q… → Read More

Today's D Brief: Ukraine suffers largest Russian missile attack yet; Errant missile kills 2 in Poland; Judge strikes down WH border policy; Tanker attack near Oman; And a bit more.

Spillover violence in Poland: Amid Russia’s most intense missile attacks on Ukraine to date, a Ukrainian S-300 air defense missile appears to have gone off course and landed just across the border with Poland, killing two farmers in a rural area in the eastern part of the country on Tuesday. News of the Polish deaths seems to have first surfaced via commercial radio station Radio Zet, which… → Read More

The Air & Space Brief: Another try for Artemis launch; DOD’s pace of change; Nuke-policy fail?

Welcome to the Defense One Air and Space newsletter. Here are our top stories this week: Moon mission. NASA plans to launch its Artemis I rocket Wednesday morning, after a series of delays caused by weather and mechanical problems. The 1.3-million-mile unmanned mission is the first “in a series of increasingly complex missions” that will build toward a “long-term human presence at the Moon for… → Read More

Today's D Brief: Russian military withdrawal in Kherson; Ukraine air defense, in review; Kyiv wants counter-drone gear; RoK pulls missile from ocean floor; And a bit more.

New: Russia’s military chief just ordered a retreat from the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson, with troops instructed to form a defensive line on the left bank of the Dnipro river, in southern Ukraine. That’s according to state-run media, RIA Novosti, reporting Wednesday. A military withdrawal from Kherson has been rumored for weeks, but official Kremlin-linked outlets like RIA and TASS had… → Read More

The Air & Space Brief: Tanker damage; Pacific comms; Smaller sats, at last; and more

Welcome to the Defense One Air and Space newsletter. Here are our top stories this week: C-130H damage. The Air Force’s procedure of etching serial numbers on propellers “likely contributed to cracks that are being found on the C-130Hs,” about 100 of which have been grounded since early October, an Air Force spokesperson told Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber. Read more of the exclusive story,… → Read More

The D Brief: Ukraine blackouts; ‘Highway to climate hell’; North Korea missile tests; Boeing Defense CEO; and just a bit more...

Power is being partially restored to Kherson today after what the Russian-installed authorities there called a “terrorist attack” by the Ukrainians on power lines, and the region is also without water, the Associated Press reported Monday. Rewind: Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian port city of Kherson in September amid a Ukrainian counteroffensive that began in August; Putin last week… → Read More

Today's D Brief: Xi's nuclear warning for 'Eurasia'; Putin orders Kherson evacuation; 180 DPRK sorties; UK's F-35 problem; And a bit more.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has ordered a civilian evacuation of the invaded Ukrainian city of Kherson, describing it as “necessary to relocate those who live in Kherson from the most dangerous zone,” according to the Kremlin’s state-run media, TASS. Putin otherwise spent Friday publicly marking a patriotic holiday on Moscow’s Red Square and citing 17th-century tales of olde Russian glory,… → Read More

Today's D Brief: N. Korea's new ICBM test; US-RoK extend sortie drills; S. Korea missile failure; Russian retreat in Kherson?; And a bit more.

North Korea appears to have launched an ICBM that possibly failed mid-flight, or had its engine shut off early as an altitude control motor test for satellite orbital missions. Or, perhaps more ominously, Pyongyang may have been testing multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle technology, as Ankit Panda of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace speculated and explained back in… → Read More

Military Leaders Praise Musk as Treasury Officials Eye Twitter Deal

Outgoing Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond thanked the SpaceX CEO “for being here.” → Read More

Today's D Brief: North Korean artillery headed to Russia, WH says; Nuclear chatter in the Kremlin; Pyongyang fires 23 missiles; Space Force gets a new leader; And a bit more.

New: North Korea is allegedly hiding artillery sent to Russia “by trying to make it appear as though they are being sent to countries in the Middle East or North Africa,” White House National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby told CNN Wednesday—though he did not offer evidence to back up the claim. “We will continue to monitor whether these shipments are… → Read More

Today's D Brief: The drone war is expanding in Ukraine; Russia evacuates more occupied regions; US border security extension; Midterm preview; And a bit more.

Ukraine is preparing for a “war of drones,” including drones that can kill other drones in the sky. “This is the next stage in the development of ideas,” the head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Development, 31-year-old Mikhail Fedorov, said in a lengthy interview published Monday by Forbes—and flagged on Twitter by Russia-watcher and drone enthusiast Sam Bendett of CNA. Kyiv is racing to stand… → Read More

Today's D Brief: Water problems in Kyiv after Russian strikes; Moscow exits Black Sea grain deal; DISA's new program; Somali attacks kill 100; And a bit more.

Day 250 of Russia’s Ukraine invasion: After a barrage of new airstrikes, 80% of Kyiv is without running water to start the week Monday. The wave of Russian strikes hit critical infrastructure sites at several of Ukraine’s most populous cities, and also knocked out electricity yet again for families across the eastern European nation. This latest barrage began at around 7 a.m. local, and involved… → Read More

Today's D Brief: How Russia's war is reshaping global energy; Putin's worldview; DCIA Burns to Kyiv; F-15s out of Okinawa; And a bit more.

Russia’s autocratic leader is delivering his “annual speech on world politics,” as The Telegraph describes it. And he wasted no time blaming Western nations for Moscow’s Ukraine invasion, saying paradoxically—as he alleged when his troops began the invasion eight months ago—that it is the West who is really “fanning the flames of war in Ukraine.” The title of this latest address? “The World… → Read More