Bradley Peniston, Defense One

Bradley Peniston

Defense One

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Recent articles by Bradley:

After Army Vet's Heroic Actions in a Gay Bar, GOP Lawmakers Release Anti-Woke Manifesto

As violence and threats rise against LGBTQ+ people, 10 senators join bill to roll back a Pentagon diversity-and-inclusion effort. → Read More

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Defense One provides news, analysis, and ideas about the future of national security to defense and industry leaders, innovative decision-makers, and informed citizens. → 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

CNO: Navy Is Equipping Ships with a Software Arsenal, Taking Lead on New Destroyer Design

A Q&A with Adm. Mike Gilday, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations. → Read More

Today's D Brief: EU's von der Leyen in Kyiv; Putin, Xi in Uzbekistan; More Taiwan aid?; Iran hacker indictments; and a bit more.

The leader of the European Union visited Ukraine’s capital city Thursday, and that’s the third time Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has visited Kyiv since the Russian military invaded in late February. Her goals for the day and the next few weeks include “getting our economies and people closer while Ukraine progresses towards accession,” she tweeted Thursday morning, one day after her… → Read More

Today's D Brief: ‘Ukrainian blitzkrieg’ erases some Russian advances; Conservative groups push to end Kyiv aid; Army’s future course; 10 Qs for the SecDefs; And a bit more.

Ukraine’s counteroffensive against the mighty Russian military is proceeding “like a snowball rolling down a hill,” Ukraine’s military chief Oleksii Reznikov told the Financial Times this weekend, after several days of surging into territory recently occupied by Russian invaders. Soon afterward, still more gains lent his remarks additional weight and credibility, at least for the time being.… → Read More

Defense Business Brief: Frigate construction starts; Navy acquisition chief tapped; new rocket ordered; and more...

Construction begins on the Navy’s new frigates. The first steel for the guided missile frigate Constellation has been cut at Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s shipyard in Wisconsin, the company announced Tuesday. The news arrives about two years after the yard beat out a trio of competitors for the contract to build the first three Connie-class frigates. The company has spent the time upgrading its… → Read More

The D Brief: ‘Super-typhoon’ hits western Pacific; Sex-assault reports rise; Biden calls MAGA a threat; Afghan-refugee mission, renamed; And just a bit more...

The most powerful storm of the year, so far, has killed one person in the Philippines, unleashed flooding in Taiwan, and is poised to strike Japan and South Korea over the weekend. Check out animated imagery of Typhoon Hinnamnor, here. Kadena Air Base on Okinawa is battening down for 75-mph winds and seven to eight inches of rain on Sunday. U.S. personnel on the island will stay tuned to the air… → Read More

The D Brief: Nuclear inspectors in Ukraine; More aid coming; US foils Iran robot-boat theft; Navy’s first female COB; And a bit more...

Nuclear inspectors have arrived in Ukraine, and soon should be able to provide an assessment of the danger posed by the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, the New York Times and Reuters reported separately Tuesday from Kyiv. Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Wednesday that the first part of the inspection mission will take “a few days,” but the team may need to stay… → Read More

The D Brief: Z threatens Russian troops; Austin on Afghanistan; Deadly riot in Iraq; Fix the interpreter-visa program; And a bit more...

Run for your lives. That’s the message Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sent to Russian troops late Monday night, after the apparent start of the long-awaited counteroffensive in Ukraine’s south. “If they want to survive, it’s time for the Russian military to run away. Go home. Ukraine is taking back its own (land),” Zelenskyy said, according to Reuters, which has video of part of his… → Read More

The D Brief: Ukraine confirms counteroffensive; IC to gauge damage from Trump docs; US to name Arctic ambassador; China’s WWII shelters, reused; And a bit more...

Ukraine says its counteroffensive has begun. Kyiv is attempting to retake southern territory that was taken by Russia early in its invasion, Reuters reported Monday. Ukrainian military officials say forces have “breached the occupiers’ first line of defense near Kherson”—but not all are convinced. The Moscow-installed governor of Crimea called the news “Ukrainian propaganda.” Winter is coming.… → Read More

Defense Business Brief: Farnborough recap: Supersonic airlifters?; 6th-gen fighter; Raytheon CEO, one-on-one; and more.

Thousands braved record heat and the year’s third COVID surge to pack the halls at this week’s Farnborough Airshow outside London, which marked the return of giant aerospace and defense events to Europe for the first time since 2019. Many of the (almost entirely maskless) conversations, whether held huddled in the bits of shade by the exhibition halls or inside air-conditioned chalets, centered… → Read More

The Army Brief: The force is shrinking; Military life palls; Infrastructure warning; and more…

Welcome to The Army Brief, a weekly look at the news and ideas shaping the service’s future. The Army is shrinking faster than planned. Just months ago, service leaders filed a 2023 budget request that proposed to shrink the service by 12,000 troops to 473,000. Now they foresee the force declining to 466,000 soldiers by year’s end, Defense One's Elizabeth Howe writes. That’s because of the “most… → Read More

Defense One Radio, Ep. 105: Aerospace's new inflection point

Here's what industry execs were worried about at the Farnborough Airshow. → Read More

The Naval Brief: RIMPAC’s back; Military life palls; Norfolk’s warning; and more...

Welcome to The Naval Brief, a weekly look at the news and ideas shaping the sea services’ future. RIMPAC is back. After the pandemic cut the 2020 version of the world’s largest multinational exercise to about one-third of its usual size, this year’s edition of the Rim of the Pacific event features forces from 26 nations, including 38 warships. Defense One’s Caitlin Kenney reports on the “not… → Read More

Tempest Tabula Rasa: UK’s Next-Gen Fighter Cockpit Has No Instruments, Yet

BAE suggests under-development avionics architecture could influence other aircraft as well. → Read More

At UK Airshow, Defense Execs Warn of Inflation, Supply Chains, and Worker Shortages

The Biden administration needs to invest in apprentice schools, CEO of top aerospace and defense firm says. → Read More

Today's D Brief: $450M in new US arms to Ukraine; Gun-violence bill advances; Troops lose right to abortion; Historic shipwreck found; And a bit more.

The U.S. is sending more weapons to Ukraine, including four more M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems like the ones that arrived in Ukraine this week. That was just an element of some $450 million in new security assistance announced Thursday by the Defense Department. This latest batch includes 36,000 rounds of 105mm ammunition; 18 tactical vehicles to tow 155mm artillery; 1,200 grenade… → Read More

A Joint Jump for US-UK Friendship Day

The British Army's Red Devils and the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute into Washington, D.C.’s baseball stadium. → Read More

Today's D Brief: Putin's EU gas squeeze; Germany's LNG 'trap'; #D1TechSummit, day 5; China's new carrier; And a bit more.

Europe could be a very cold place this winter. That’s the European Union’s big fear now that Russia slowed natural gas deliveries to Germany via the Nord Stream pipeline by about half this week, as Russian officials blamed Western sanctions for hurting its parts supply chains. That pipeline also supplied France and Italy with natural gas, while Russian supplies to Austria and the Czech Republic… → Read More