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US forces aid Somalia raid; Army experimenting with network soldiers in tactical units; ‘A failure of deterrence’ in cyber realm; How the Pentagon will build its AIs; and just a bit more...

July 14, 2017 U.S. and Somali forces attacked an al-Shabab camp in two locations near the country’s south on Thursday, killing “several” militants and freeing another unspecified number of alleged detainees, the Associated Press reports, citing a “senior Somali intelligence official.” U.S. Africa Command told AP, “U.S. forces conducted an ‘advise and assist...

Tomorrow soldiers; Livestreaming the 2017 Defense One Summit; Extremists are flocking to Libya’s untamed south; Iran’s new ‘upper hand’ in Syria?; Mattis is no fan of a new Space Corps; and a bit more.

July 13, 2017 Happening now: The 2017 Defense One Tech Summit is under way, featuring top technical thinkers in government, academia, Silicon Valley and beyond, discussing how the innovative tech of today will become the game-winning resources of tomorrow. If you can’t be at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., watch the livestream, here....

Trump camp sought Russian dirt on Clinton; Syria’s sort-of ceasefire; China stands up first overseas base; USAF general: ‘We don’t need a Space Corps’; and just a bit more...

July 12, 2017 Emails released by Donald Trump Jr. say he set up a June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer after he was told that a Russian official “offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be...

Is ISIS’ chief dead?; Mopping up in Mosul; Air crash kills 15 Marines and 1 Sailor; Today’s best Mattis interview; and a bit more...

July 11, 2017 Is the leader of ISIS dead? Rumors of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s demise have floated around for months, but none were ever confirmed. Now this morning, ISIS-watchers are hanging on the words of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, which says they have “confirmed information from leaders,...

Victory in devastated Mosul; Trump backtracks on Russian cyber cooperation; Fighting intensifies in Libya; China’s robot gunboats; and just a bit more...

July 10, 2017 Iraqi PM Abadi declared “victory” from ISIS in the city of Mosul on state TV Sunday. But what he didn’t say is that the city is fully liberated from the group’s terror, The New York Times noted from Abadi’s trip to the northern city: “...In an acknowledgment that the victory...

Voices from the Battle for Mosul: Podcast

July 7, 2017 The bloody battle to wrest Mosul from ISIS was the largest military operation of the past decade. To better understand how it was fought, we spoke to Brig. Gen. Rick Uribe, deputy commanding general for U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq; and retired U.S. Army Col. David Witty, a Special Forces...

Trump, Putin & Syria; The Battle for Mosul, explained; AI that teaches itself; White House retaking reins of war?; and just a bit more...

July 7, 2017 President Trump has a plan to save Syria, and “it relies on Russian troops and a dictator [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] who Trump said in April had to go,” The Daily Beast reported Thursday. "According to [a] senior [U.S.] official, coordinating with the Russians to ensure that these clashes either...

Trump-Putin preview; Russia, China say UN won’t sanction DPRK; Israel is buying machine-gun drones; Counter-cyber ops go kinetic in Ukraine; and just a bit more...

July 6, 2017 For Syria, a deal with teeth? The U.S. is “prepared to the explore the possibility” of “joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground ceasefire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance,” SecState Rex Tillerson said Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews, before departing for Europe. Tillerson will...

North Korea tests its 1st ICBM; US-backed Syrians advance in Raqqa; ‘Not winning’ in Afghanistan; Great UAV footage from the USMC; and just a bit more...

July 5, 2017 What to do about North Korea’s first ICBM. The U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has called for an emergency, closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council later today following Monday’s first test of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile—which flew long enough for initial reports to talk about...

Trump, Erdogan and Raqqa; Mattis on Afghanistan; The ‘next big fight’ in Iraq; The future of counterterrorism; $1.3B in arms to Taiwan; And a bit more.

June 30, 2017 President Trump’s busy morning. The U.S. president likely just finished speaking to his Turkish counterpart right about now, if the White House is sticking to its schedule. That phone call takes place just hours after Trump’s envoy to the ISIS war, Brett McGurk, settled into Ankara this morning after a...