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Iran deal all but done, but natsec pros remain unsold; CIA’s secret drone war in Syria; SecNav sees female Marine infantry; And a bit more.

September 2, 2015 The White House is now one vote away from clinching the Iran deal, thanks to yesterday’s declarations of support from Democratic Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Chris Coons of Delaware, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post reported Tuesday. “Both senators, representing states with large Jewish populations and facing...

Survey: 2/3 of Natsec Pros Give Iran Deal Thumbs Down

September 1, 2015 Just 26 percent of U.S. national security workers believe that the West’s nuclear agreement with Iran is good for America, and even fewer think it will help Israel or Saudi Arabia, a new Defense One survey shows. Asked to evaluate the statement “The Iran nuclear deal is a good deal...

Pentagon seeks flexy electronics; NATO preps for hybrid war; Tbilisi’s surprising contribution; JSOC insider pulls back the curtain; And a bit more.

August 28, 2015 Bendable electronics—think touchscreens that wrap around your arm, or aircraft wings made of sensors—that’s the next step in Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s rapid campaign to invite Silicon Valley companies to help the U.S. create a next-gen military, Defense One’s Kevin Baron and Patrick Tucker report. For the consumer market, breakthroughs...

ISIS invades ‘ISIS-free’ zone; Army launches cyber classes; SecDef’s whirlwind tour; Lessons from Katrina; And a bit more.

August 27, 2015 The Islamic State group has seized new territory in northern Syria, and it happens to be right inside that rectangular swath of turf the U.S. and Turkey want to establish as an ISIS-free buffer zone. “Islamic State announced it had captured three villages in the area— including two that the...

Afghan insiders kill NATO troops; Oshkosh wins $30B JLTV battle; Was ISIS intel skewed?; SecDef heads west; And a bit more.

August 26, 2015 Apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan leaves two NATO troops dead. Two men dressed in Afghan military uniforms opened fire on a vehicle containing NATO troops, killing two, at the former British base known as Camp Bastion in Lashkar Gah before being shot dead in what appears to be the...

Koreas stand down; US, Turkey get on same page...or not; Raptors to Europe; One service to rule US drones?; And a bit more.

August 25, 2015 De-escalation on the Korean peninsula. More than 40 hours of negotiations led on Monday to a breakthrough between North and South Korea that allows both parties to save face and step back from the brink of war, AP reports. The concessions: Pyongyang expressed “regret” (rather than any claim of responsibility...

Railway heroes knighted; Pacific pivot still on; Korean tensions rise; ISIS used chemical weapons; And a bit more.

August 24, 2015 Let us now praise heroic men. Two enlisted U.S. troops—along with their childhood friend and another British citizen—became French knights this morning as “French President François Hollande made them Chevaliers of the Legion of Honor, awarding them France’s highest decoration,” the Washington Post reports after their right-place-right-time heroics on a...

Obama writes Congress; Turkey joining ISIS strikes?; Iowa vets like Trump; A ‘new Swift boating’; And a bit more.

August 21, 2015 Obama pens letter to Congress as poll numbers on his foreign policy slip. U.S. President Barack Obama is looking to shore up any additional support from fence-sitting Democrats undecided about the merits of diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program, The New York Times reported late Thursday. What’s in the letter? A...

ISIS may have chemical weapons; How SecDef picked his team; Jeb won’t rule out waterboarding; What to show the Chinese delegation on your base; and a bit more.

August 14, 2015 ISIS may have used chemical weapons. Islamic State militants “likely” used mustard agent against Kurdish forces in Iraq this week, senior U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal’s Adam Entous. American officials are now investigating how these banned weapons may have reached the battlefield. Entous: “The use of mustard agent...

Deadly day in Iraq; F-16s strike from Turkey; Odierno’s last presser; SpecOps helo crashes on ship; and a bit more.

August 13, 2015 Deadly day in Iraq. A powerful truck bomb tore through a civilian market in Baghdad’s Sadr City, killing at least 59 people in the predominantly Shia district, the BBC reports: “Thursday’s bomb attack in Sadr City was one of the deadliest in the capital since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took...