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Caroline Houck

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Caroline Houck is a staff correspondent at Defense One. She previously was an Atlantic Media fellow.

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The US Will Be Dropping A Lot More Bombs on Afghanistan

October 4, 2017 Sixteen years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has a new strategy it says will help bring the conflict to an end. A large part of it: Intensifying the U.S.- and NATO-led air campaign in order to drive the Taliban to the negotiating table. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said...

Dunford: Six Months From Now, ISIS Will Have ‘Less Credibility’

September 26, 2017 America’s top military officer is “cautious” about giving timelines for the war against the Islamic State — but half a year from now, he predicts, operations against the extremist group’s last urban stronghold in Syria will have wrapped up. “Our partners will have completed operations in Raqqa and we’ll be...

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‘Cyber Defense Is Very Much About Political Decisions’

September 22, 2017 One of the things the West is least prepared to handle about a cyberattack is how quickly the response to it turns political. Defense officials responding to an attack quickly encounter bureaucratic roadblocks and geopolitical concerns they may be unprepared to navigate. That was one of the main takeaways from...

‘Cyber Defense Is Very Much About Political Decisions’

September 21, 2017 One of the things the West is least prepared to handle about a cyberattack is how quickly the response to it turns political. Defense officials responding to an attack quickly encounter bureaucratic roadblocks and geopolitical concerns they may be unprepared to navigate. That was one of the main takeaways from...

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Get Ready for a Short-Term CR, Congressional Leaders Tell Pentagon

September 7, 2017 Congress has been back in session for less than 24 hours and the two top House lawmakers on defense are already reconciling themselves to what they call a less-than-ideal scenario: A short-term continuing resolution to fund the military and the rest of the government at 2017 levels through mid-December. That’s...

Get Ready for a Short-Term CR, Congressional Leaders Tell Pentagon

September 6, 2017 Congress has been back in session for less than 24 hours and the two top House lawmakers on defense are already reconciling themselves to what they call a less-than-ideal scenario: A short-term continuing resolution to fund the military and the rest of the government at 2017 levels through mid-December. That’s...

Chasing the Elusive BRAC, Pentagon Says Readiness Is at Stake

September 6, 2017 After five years of asking Congress to authorize another round of base realignment and closures to no avail, the Pentagon is switching up its appeal, saying BRAC wouldn’t just save money, but would also support national security priorities and improve readiness. As the new administration settles in, the Defense Department...

Congress, industry buckle up for a busy September; Software for future weapons; Contractors in Afghanistan; and a lot more.

August 31, 2017 Buckle up, folks; it’s about to get busy. With the help of Caroline Houck, we’ll break September down for you, starting with Congress, whose members returns next week to a month of deadlines and high-priority items: The debt ceiling hits Sept. 29, according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Conservatives...

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Ordered to Ban Transgender Troops, Pentagon Plans A New Look at Three Factors

August 29, 2017 The Pentagon will take its own look into the questions of how, if at all, transgender troops affect unit cohesion, readiness and lethality, and resource levels — the three factors that the White House says it should consider before re-allowing transgender people to serve openly. Those are the metrics President...

Ordered to Ban Transgender Troops, Pentagon Plans A New Look at Three Factors

August 28, 2017 The Pentagon will take its own look into the questions of how, if at all, transgender troops affect unit cohesion, readiness and lethality, and resource levels — the three factors that the White House says it should consider before re-allowing transgender people to serve openly. Those are the metrics President...