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-usTue, 28 Jul 2015 20:13:33 -0400Pentagon Doesn’t Know If It’s Allowed to Defend Syrian Fighters or Turkish ‘Safe Zone’’s an odd situation to be in as the U.S. puts the first of its trained-and-equipped opposition fighters into Syria and finalizes an agreement with Turkey to back a “safe zone” on the Syrian border.Molly O'TooleTue, 28 Jul 2015 20:13:33 -0400 this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter from Shams al-Shamal heads to the front line in Kobani, Syria.Jake Simkin/APUS Drone Pilots Are As Skeptical of Autonomy As Are Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are many reasons to be cautious about greater autonomy in weapons like drones, according to the men and women at the joystick.Patrick TuckerTue, 28 Jul 2015 19:19:30 -0400 Predator drone at the Creech Air Force base in NevadaDEFENSE ONE / PATRICK TUCKERBritain Digs In Against ISIS, Russia a “darker threat environment,” America’s ally launches its first strategic review in half a decade.Marcus WeisgerberTue, 28 Jul 2015 17:31:16 -0400 Air Force No. 6 Squadron Typhoon FGR-4s, from RAF Leachars, United Kingdom, park on the Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., flightline Jan. 28, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz CrespoAmerica’s First Female Four-Star on Diversity in the Military has the U.S. military finally realized about workforce diversity and mission success? Retired Gen. Ann Dunwoody spells it out.Ann Dunwoody, QuartzTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:29:51 -0400 with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a leaders’ reconnaissance during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif.,March 15, 2015U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean BerryThe Military Will Test a New Terrifyingly Loud Noise Gun Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program is developing lasers that create a screaming ball of plasma on their target.Patrick TuckerTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:57:22 -0400 Cortes via ShutterstockWhat the UN Can Do To Fix Its Peacekeeping Mission peacekeeping missions are 'not suited to engage in military counterterror operations,' according to the first independent report on UN peacekeeping operations since 2000.Charles Call, Council on Foreign RelationsTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:08:04 -0400 French soldier stands alongside African troops who helped France take back Mali's north earlier this year, as they participate in a ceremony formally transforming the force into a United Nations peacekeeping mission, in Bamako, Mali, July 1, 2013.Harouna Traore/APWhat’s Inside the Justice Department’s Secret Cybersecurity Memo? calls for its release, the government will not make public a memo that Sen. Ron Wyden says is crucial to the Senate’s looming cybersecurity debate.Dustin Volz, National JournalTue, 28 Jul 2015 11:46:00 -0400 Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, walks with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 27, 2013.J. Scott Applewhite/APExpect Less Than Advertised As Turkey Enters ISIS Fight House officials called Turkey's new role in the fight against ISIS 'game-changing.' In reality, Ankara's escalation is likely to achieve much less than expected.Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign RelationsTue, 28 Jul 2015 11:21:00 -0400 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media in front of a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, July 24, 2015.Depo Photos/APTurkey complicates things; Obama’s final message to Africa; Gitmo plan has one big problem; Corps bids M16 adieu?; And a bit more. Watson and Bradley PenistonTue, 28 Jul 2015 08:43:00 -0400 Unexpected Voice Speaks Out Against Backdoored Encryption DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff joins the league of technologists who have come out against the FBI’s push to put holes in privacy technology.Kedar PavgiMon, 27 Jul 2015 19:35:17 -0400 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff responds to a question while being interviewed by The Associated Press, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.AP Photo/Haraz N. GhanbariThere’s One Big Problem with the White House Plan to Close Guantanamo Obama administration says some prisoners will have to be transferred to U.S. soil. But current law bars any such move — and by some readings, it forbids even looking at options.Molly O'TooleMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:11:01 -0400 to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2015.Carolyn Kaster/APThe Scientists and Technologists Who Want To Keep AI Out of Weapons Hawking, Steve Wozniak, and hundreds of others signed an open letter that begged leaders to stop a military robotics arms race.Mike Murphy, QuartzMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:38:23 -0400 Grumman personnel conduct pre-operational tests on an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, on May 13, 2013.U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. SteinbergObama's Unnecessary and Risky Foreign Policy Gamble President's supporters say he's taking America 'out of the rut of history' with Iran, but he's actually making a generational mistake.Leon Wieseltier, The AtlanticMon, 27 Jul 2015 13:10:40 -0400 Barack Obama walks down the steps of Air Force One as he arrives at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Addis Ababa. Evan Vucci/APCreating a ‘safe zone’ in Syria; China’s ‘clearly military’ new islands; Obama’s African journey; SOCOM chiefs discuss women’s roles; And a bit more. Watson and Bradley PenistonMon, 27 Jul 2015 09:15:00 -0400 Iran Deal and the Future of Nuclear Nonproliferation Efforts with Tehran show that the global nuclear order works best as a coherent whole. But each component faces real challenges in order to keep the peace.Adam Mount, Council on Foreign RelationsSun, 26 Jul 2015 21:08:00 -0400 Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacts as he stands on a balcony with other members of his delegation outside of the current round of Iran nuclear talks, being held in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2015.Carlos Barria/AP Turkey's ISIS Escalation Just Bought a Brutal Regime More Time’s decision to attack ISIS and the recent Iranian nuclear deal both benefit the flagging efforts of Bashar al-Assad's army in Syria.Matt Schiavenza, The AtlanticSun, 26 Jul 2015 20:45:00 -0400 soldiers hold their positions with their tanks on a hilltop in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Oct. 10, 2014.Lefteris Pitarakis/APThe Lost Pilgrims of the Islamic State past pilgrimages to China and the Soviet Union, the migration of Westerners to the Islamic State group points to the tragic intersection of estrangement and utopian hope.Simon Cottee, The AtlanticSun, 26 Jul 2015 20:33:00 -0400 youth uses binoculars to look at Turkish army tanks holding positions, near the border with Syria, in the outskirts of the village of Elbeyi, east of the town of Kilis, in southeastern Turkey, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Emrah Gurel/APChina’s New Islands Are Clearly Military, U.S. Pacific Chief Says Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command, says the vastly expanded reefs now look exactly like combat bases for fighters, bombers, ships, and surveillance.Kevin BaronFri, 24 Jul 2015 18:05:09 -0400 Harry Harris, the new head of the U.S. Pacific Command, attends the opening of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, or IISS 14th Asia Security Summit Friday, May 29, 2015, in Singapore. Wong Maye-E/APAs Deadline Nears, Special Ops Chiefs Talk Women In Combat experience of the all-female Cultural Support Teams looms large as former U.S. Special Operations Command commander Eric Olson and current chief Gen. Joseph Votel talk about the future of women as special operators.Gayle Tzemach LemmonFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:25:44 -0400 Special Operations Command commander Gen. Joseph Votel answers a question at the Aspen Security Forum on July 24, 2015.Aspen InstituteThe Nigerian Military's Inconvenient Truth emphasizing his desire for weapons above military reforms, Nigeria's new president squandered a valuable opportunity to raise an important issue in U.S. policy circles.Hilary Matfess, QuartzFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:39:00 -0400 this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, Former chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, left, holds a flag with Maj. Gen. Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah, the newly appointed chief of army staff, during the handover ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria. Olamikan Gbemiga/APTurkey joins ISIS fight; Carter praises Peshmerga; DOD fixes anthrax blame; ’80s-riffic Coast Guard video surfaces; And a bit more. Watson and Bradley PenistonFri, 24 Jul 2015 08:57:00 -0400’re Safe-ish from Anthrax, For Now investigation into accidental anthrax shipments blames bad processes for killing spores.Patrick TuckerFri, 24 Jul 2015 08:32:40 -0400 this May 11, 2003, file photo, Microbiologist Ruth Bryan works with BG nerve agent simulant in Class III Glove Box in the Life Sciences Test Facility at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.AP Photo/Douglas C. PizacFrom ‘No Deal is Better Than A Bad Deal’ to ‘This Deal or War’ bristle at White House warnings, calling them an attempt to force the Iran nuclear agreement down U.S. lawmakers’ throats.Molly O'TooleThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:05:00 -0400 of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, July 23, 2015.Andrew Harnik/APFormer Pentagon Intel Chief Says Military’s Clandestine Service Is Growing original vision for the Defense Clandestine Service was scaled back, but Michael Vickers says the new agency is still building up.Kedar PavgiThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:42:00 -0400 G. Vickers, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict & Interdependent Capabilities, speaks with The Associated Press during an interview at the Pentagon in this Nov. 16, 2007 file photo.Haraz N. Ghanbari/APBefore You Listen To Pundits on Iran, See What They Said On Iraq a degree that will baffle historians, the political-intellectual complex that made the Iraq War possible remains intact and powerful.Peter Beinart, The AtlanticThu, 23 Jul 2015 14:40:00 -0400 Iran nuclear deal negotiating parties pose for a group photo at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday July 14, 2015. Carlos Barria/AP