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Anbar counteroffensive begins (again); UAV pivot to Libya; Three-way aircraft carrier swap; Walker throws his hat in; And a bit more.

July 13, 2015 Have drones, will travel…near Libya. The United States is looking to its North African allies to stage drones close to Libya so that Western intelligence agencies’ can gain a better picture of the Islamic State group’s increasingly destabilizing affiliates in the region, the Wall Street Journal’s Adam Entous and Gordon...

A rare Pentagon briefing for Obama; US troops praised for restraint in Kabul; French defense minister in DC today; Iran wants missiles in its nuke deal; And a bit more.

July 6, 2015 In a rare presidential trip to the Pentagon, Barack Obama will cross the Potomac River today for an update on the fight against the Islamic State, Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber reports. Obama is scheduled to make a statement after the meetings on Monday, but don’t expect to see him taking...

Senseless killings in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia; Advise-and-assist over Skype?; Putin phones Obama as Marines, armor head to Bulgaria; A cannon for your office; And a bit more.

June 26, 2015 French authorities have arrested one of two alleged assailants who rammed their car into the gate of a U.S. gas company near the southeastern city of Grenoble about 4 a.m. EDT, attempting to breach the entrance in what President Francois Hollande called a “pure terrorist attack,” CNN reports. A severed...

The definitive Gitmo deep dive; Nuclear suspense on Iran; ISIS wants Kobane back; NSA declines to link China, OPM; And a bit more.

June 25, 2015 The Iran nuclear talks are far from a done deal, Secretary of State John Kerry warned after Tehran’s supreme leader tweeted out seven “major red lines” Wednesday, some of which run contrary to a framework agreement reached weeks ago, and all of which appear to suggest—as one observer pointed out—that...

Dramatic changes coming to US hostage policy; DOD puts space-war plans in high gear; Assad, #tonedeaf on tourism; Another nuclear wrinkle from Iran; And a bit more.

June 24, 2015 Sea change on U.S. hostage policy. The White House is releasing its “hostage policy review” today that would let American families pay ransoms to terrorist groups without fear of reprisals from U.S. authorities, AP reports. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the creation of a new hostage recovery “fusion...

US beefs up NATO’s rapid reax force; Washington, Beijing behind closed doors; The military jobs robots will not be taking; A Green Beret’s board of inquiry; And a bit more.

June 23, 2015 U.S. and Chinese military officials met at the State Department yesterday as part of their governments’ 7th annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue. This year’s event has brought nearly 400 officials “from every major Chinese agency” to Washington, where cyber security and maritime expansion in the South China Sea top the...

Afghan forces repel attack on parliament; Small nukes for peace?; NATO’s quest for a ‘hybrid war’ playbook; Hackers ground flights in Poland; And a bit more.

June 22, 2015 Taliban fighters launched a complex attack on the Afghan parliament building in Kabul this morning as lawmakers met to confirm the country’s new Defense Minister, Masoom Stanekzai, the Wall Street Journal reported. Security officials said all seven Taliban fighters were eventually killed in the assault, which began with a suicide...

Are ‘lily pads’ the future of US forces in Iraq?; Afghanistan’s own Pentagon; American defense firms flood Europe; Salvation at sea; And a bit more.

June 12, 2015 The next U.S. move in Iraq could be “lily pad-like” outposts that put American advisors closer to—but not on—the front lines, the New York Times’ Helene Cooper, Michael Gordon and Peter Baker reported yesterday. Officials cautioned that the idea is still being drafted and President Barack Obama isn’t expected to...

What 450 new US troops will—and won’t—do for Iraq; Jeb searches for natsec cred in Europe; Insurgency spreading in Egypt?; And a bit more.

June 11, 2015 450 extra U.S. troops are headed to Iraq, despite “no change” to the mission. President Barack Obama yesterday bumped up the total authorized force in Iraq to 3,550, but that’s not expected to increase Iraqi capacity as soon as critics want, as the New York Times’ Michael Gordon writes. U.S....

More US boots could be on the way to Iraq; OPM data on the dark web?; State OKs almost $2B in arms sales; A smashingly good time with tanks; And a bit more.

June 10, 2015 A flood of Islamic State group reporting has emerged in the past 24 hours. We begin stateside where at least 400 more U.S. troops could soon join the 3,080 already in Iraq if the White House approves a new Pentagon plan, the Wall Street Journal’s Dion Nissenbaum and Gordon Lubold...