Defense One - All Content Media presents Defense One, a site dedicated to providing news, analysis, and bold ideas to national security leaders, influential professionals, stakeholders and citizens navigating the unprecedented transformation of U.S. defense strategy and operations.en-usSun, 21 Dec 2014 17:26:15 -0500How Did North Korea Pull Off the Sony Hack? Sony hack was carried out by a very poor country where citizens are thought to lack basic internet access. By John McDulingJohn McDuling, QuartzSun, 21 Dec 2014 17:26:15 -0500 Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves as he arrives for the Arirang mass games at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 26, 2013.David Guttenfelder/APUS Releases Four Afghan Detainees From Guantanamo U.S. prison in Guantanamo still holds 63 men who have been cleared for release. Be Allen McDuffeeAllen McDuffee, The AtlanticSun, 21 Dec 2014 17:07:20 -0500 here is the entrance to Camp 5 and 6 at the military's Guantanamo Bay detention center.Ben Fox/APObama Says the North Korea Hack Was ‘Cybervandalism,’ Not Cyber War Obama calls the Sony hack a reminder to do a lot more to guard against them.’ By Allen McDuffeeAllen McDuffee, The AtlanticSun, 21 Dec 2014 16:54:44 -0500 Obama speaks to reporters during a press conference at the White House, on December 18, 2014.Carolyn Kaster/APThe Tank That Won't Go Away and Other Details in the New Defense Budget reforms across every section of the Pentagon's budget have been altered or slashed by lawmakers. Here are a few of them. By Janine DavidsonJanine Davidson, Council on Foreign RelationsFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:19:13 -0500 from the 4th Infantry Division offload an M1A2 Abrams battle tank from a plane at Fort Carson, on January 13, 2014.U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, 3rd ABCT Public Affairs, 4th Inf. Div.Why Sanctions on Iran Are Not at All Like the Embargo on Cuba and Tehran are very, very different—and here's why the Obama administration’s approach to U.S. sanctions should be, too. By Bobby GhoshBobby Ghosh, QuartzFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:07:48 -0500 take a ride in a classic American convertible car with the Cuban national flag painted on the trunk, on December 18, 2014.Desmond Boyland/APThe Drop in Oil Prices Could Save the Pentagon Billions of Dollars oil prices could also hurt U.S. weapon sales to oil-rich Middle Eastern countries. By Marcus WeisgerberMarcus WeisgerberFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:46:27 -0500 Arab Emirates F-16 fighters at a Red Flag exercise in the U.S.Staff Sgt. Benjamin Wilson/U.S. Air ForceAir Force Cancels Its Plans for Layoffs in 2015 Air Force planned to carry out involuntary separation boards to meet budgetary requirements. This week, the plan changed. By Eric KatzEric Katz, Government ExecutiveFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:39:00 -0500 of the Air Force Deborah Lee James answers a question as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel looks on at Minot Air Force Base in Minot, N.D., Nov. 14, 2014. Kevin Cederstrom/APForget the Sony Hack, This Could Be the Biggest Cyber Attack of 2015 Sony hack may have gotten a movie pulled from theaters, but it’s not the cyber war you’re looking for. By Patrick TuckerPatrick TuckerFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:29:34 -0500 pipes lead to the cooling system of the Pacific Gas and Electric's Colusa Generating Station near Maxwell, Calif.Rich Pedroncelli/APHere Are All the US Ambassador Nominees the Senate Left in Limbo a flurry of confirmations, the Senate left a dozen U.S. ambassador nominees hanging until next year. By Charles S. ClarkCharles S. Clark, Government ExecutiveFri, 19 Dec 2014 13:27:37 -0500 Robert Menendez and Bob Corker watch as Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill, on December 9, 2014.AP PhotoAmerica's $28 Billion Failure in Pakistan U.S. has never convinced the Pakistanis to confront militants. Could that change after the Taliban's school attack? By David RohdeDavid Rohde, The AtlanticFri, 19 Dec 2014 12:18:21 -0500 Bush walks with Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, on September 22, 2006.Gerald Herbert/APGOP Senators Are Lukewarm on Jeb Bush as Commander in Chief Jeb Bush explores a presidential run in 2016, GOP leaders on national security aren't jumping to endorse him. By Molly O’TooleMolly O'TooleFri, 19 Dec 2014 10:50:57 -0500 Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to voters during a rally for Republican candidates in Castle Rock, Colo., on October 29, 2014.Brennan Linsley/APThe D Brief: Is “Iraq first” the right way?; An about face for the Army; Avril Haines gets the nod; The wars cost $1.6 trillion; Does Elf on a Shelf create a spy culture?: And a bit more. Gordon Lubold with Ben WatsonBen Watson and Gordon LuboldFri, 19 Dec 2014 07:44:00 -0500 Obama’s ‘Iraq First’ Strategy Working Against ISIS? Obama administration believes it can tackle problems in Iraq first, then Syria, but will that make things better or worse down the road? By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Stephanie GaskellStephanie Gaskell and Gayle Tzemach LemmonThu, 18 Dec 2014 23:29:00 -0500 Barack Obama addresses service members at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey on Dec. 15, 2014.U.S. Air Force PhotoArmy Details Future Controversial Helicopter Swap With the National Guard, Blackhawk, Kiowa and Lakota helicopters are all on the block for major realignment. By Marcus WeisgerberMarcus WeisgerberThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:41:45 -0500 Louisiana National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopters.Stephanie J. Cross/U.S. ArmyThe Cuba Deal: Why Now? comes down to two words: biology and technology. By Moises NaimMoisés Naim, The AtlanticThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:52:52 -0500's President Raul Castro, and brother Fidel Castro, attend the opening session of the National Assembly in Havana, on February 24, 2012.Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate/APWhy Police Spying On Americans Is Everyone’s Problem militarization on display in Ferguson is nothing compared to the law enforcement intelligence drift you can’t see. By Michael GermanMichael GermanThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:15:19 -0500 US-Cuba Turnaround Just Raised the Stakes for Border Security travel and commerce will likely result in significant spikes in air traffic, merchant ships and small vessel traffic across a network of maritime ports. By Pat DeQuattroPat DeQuattro, Council on Foreign RelationsThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:12:00 -0500 Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen walks away from his helicopter in Mobile, Ala., following an air tour of Dauphin Island and the Alabama coast on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Dave Martin/APAmerica Is Learning the Hard Way How To Respond to Cyber Threats Obama administration's caution in responding to the alleged North Korean hack on Sony Pictures illuminates the boundaries of national cyber security policy. By Adam SegalAdam Segal, Council on Foreign RelationsThu, 18 Dec 2014 13:39:00 -0500 walk past a banner for "The Interview"at Arclight Cinemas, Dec. 17, 2014, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Damian Dovarganes/APHow Surveillance and Privacy Will Overlap in 2025 a new paper from Pew, experts warn that privacy will become a luxury commodity as surveillance-free spaces are rapidly disappearing. By Adrienne LafranceAdrienne LaFrance, The AtlanticThu, 18 Dec 2014 13:23:05 -0500 Bernik via ShutterstockNearly $1 Billion Spent To Elevate Afghan Women May Have Been Squandered the State Department nor USAID could identify any results from the $850 million spent to improve the lives of women in Afghanistan. By Charles S. ClarkCharles S. Clark, Government ExecutiveThu, 18 Dec 2014 13:02:16 -0500 Shiite women watch a religious ceremony ahead of the Ashouraa holiday, on November 2, 2014.Massoud Hossaini/APMarco Rubio Seizes on Cuba Decision To Raise His National Security Profile Ahead of 2016 junior senator from Florida carts out his hawkish foreign policy after President Obama announces monumental changes to the U.S.-Cuba relationship. By Lauren FoxLauren Fox, National JournalThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:53:16 -0500 Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks to reporters during a press conference on Capitol Hill, on December 17, 2014.J. Scott Applewhite/APThe D Brief: Landmark shift in US-Cuba relations; The spies in the middle; Rubio rising; A view from inside Langley; What Hollywood gets wrong about North Korea; And a bit more. Gordon Lubold with Ben Watson and Kevin BaronKevin Baron, Ben Watson, and Gordon LuboldThu, 18 Dec 2014 07:39:00 -0500 US Policy Toward Cuba Was 'Self-Defeating' 50 years of trying one thing, and seeing that thing fail, and fail again, it was about time that the United States try something else. By Jeffrey GoldbergJeffrey Goldberg, The AtlanticWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:21:23 -0500 from the ANSWER Coalition hold signs urging the U.S. to "End the blockade of Cuba," during a demonstration outside of the White House on Decmeber 17, 2014.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APGoogle Says 2015 Will Be the 'Moment' To Reform NSA Spying a crushing defeat this year, the search giant is already preparing to push surveillance reform in Congress next year. By Dustin VolzDustin Volz, National JournalWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:59:11 -0500 photograph of the outside of the National Security Agency's main headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland.Trevor Paglen via Creative Time ReportsWhat Hollywood Gets Wrong About North Korea 'Team America' to 'The Interview,' North Korea’s leadership has become the butt of a joke that obscures the nation's steadily growing threatening behaviors. By Scott A. SnyderScott Snyder, Council on Foreign RelationsWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:37:19 -0500 man watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. Ahn Young-joon/AP