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, 31 Mar 2015 19:45:38 -0400The US Navy Doesn't Need an Expensive Aircraft Carrier Drone advocates say the plane has to be both survivable and armed to the teeth, but the Navy could use a simpler model.Robert A. Newson, Council on Foreign RelationsTue, 31 Mar 2015 19:45:38 -0400 X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator is towed into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy WalterThe US and Russia Are the Biggest Beneficiaries of the Global Arms Boom markets in Asia and the Middle East are splurging on weapons systems - and American and Russian contractors have been the main sellers.Terrence Guay, QuartzTue, 31 Mar 2015 19:13:28 -0400 officials visit the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.Kamran Jebreili/APThe Alternative to an Iran Deal Isn't Inevitable War advocates are resorting to name calling and hyperboles to make their argument.Bobby Ghosh, QuartzTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:59:14 -0400 Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, left, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry wait for the start of a trilateral meeting at an hotel in Lausanne Saturday, March 28, 2015.Brendan Smialowski/APHere’s When the Next Incursion Into Ukraine Could Happen Minsk II agreement is roughly in place, but won’t be for long, according to some experts.Patrick TuckerTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:50:47 -0400 army soldiers take part in a military exercise at a training ground outside Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.AP/ MSTYSLAV CHERNOVWhite House Reversal Will Send Arms to Egypt sidelines his insistence on democratic reform, hoping to restart Washington-Cairo dialogue.Bradley PenistonTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:49:34 -0400 KC-135 tanker from the Air Force Reserve's 336th Air Refueling Squadron refuels an Egyptian fighter aircraft during in-flight refueling training. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amy AbbottAir Force: We Must Invent the Future keep its technological edge, the vice chief says, the service must invest in femtosecond data transfer, Mach-8 aircraft, and more.Gen. Larry SpencerTue, 31 Mar 2015 14:31:52 -0400 graduate student performs sensitive measurement of interfacial thermal transport using an ultrafast laser system.Abhishek Yadav via U.S. Air ForceHow Cheap Oil Is Reshaping Global Hotspots Russia to your local gas station, the consequences of low fuel prices are clear. But the second and third order effects are only beginning to become apparent.Moisés Naim, The AtlanticTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:45:18 -0400 and burn-off from the Exxon Mobil refinery are seen at dusk in St. Bernard Parish, La., Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Gerald Herbert/APWhite House Teases Its Support for Military Compensation Reform Obama signaled his support for changes to military pay and benefits, but told Congress he won't make a decision on what reforms he'll endorse until late April.Kellie Lunney, Government ExecutiveTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:36:14 -0400 Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House with first lady Michelle Obama in Washington, Monday, March 30, 2015.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APWhy the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Dollars Don't Add Up is not the first time the Pentagon has had difficulty labeling its cyber investments.Aliya Sternstein, NextgovTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:23:50 -0400 Force Academy Cadets take part in a cyber defense activity. U.S. Air Force photo/Raymond McCoyPentagon Rolls Out 'NSA-Proof' Smartphones Defense Department has introduced supersecret smartphones made by a company founded by a former Navy SEAL.Aliya Sternstein, NextgovTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:05:54 -0400 Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Eric Risberg/APCarter’s messaging blitz; Iran talks in ‘new phase’; CIVCAS in Yemen; US airstrikes on hold in Tikrit?; The officer/enlisted standard shifting?; And a bit more. Watson and Marcus WeisgerberTue, 31 Mar 2015 07:50:00 -0400 Nuclear Talks Threatened by Politics at Home and Proxy War Abroad’s deadline for a political outline in the Iran talks is quickly approaching, but even if a deal is reached, it won’t necessarily give the White House the breathing room it needs.Molly O'TooleMon, 30 Mar 2015 23:22:51 -0400 Secretary of State John Kerry waits with others before a meeting with Britain, Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Monday, March 30, 2015.(AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)'Own The Night'? Army Aviation Wants To Own Bad Weather service is seeking technology to allow helicopters to fly and strike in rain, snow, dust, or fog.Marcus WeisgerberMon, 30 Mar 2015 17:36:34 -0400 U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters blow up clouds of dust as they come into a landing zone in Samarra, Iraq.U.S. Army photoThis Duck Drone Could Spy on Enemy Subs building a flying-and-swimming robot is harder than nature makes it look.Patrick TuckerMon, 30 Mar 2015 17:20:22 -0400 model of the "Flimmer" in flight. Naval Research LabThe Nuclear Future of US-South Korean Relations Korea and the US are close to finalizing a new nuclear agreement that could be a boon to Korea’s energy security and the future of its nuclear program.Scott Snyder, Toby Dalton, and Miles Pomper, Council on Foreign RelationsMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:36:57 -0400 here, the screen showing an image of a handshake by the U.S. and South Korean flags, on Jan. 14, 2015.Lee Jin-man/APIn Syria, Today's 'Lost Generation' Could Be Tomorrow's Militants of the country's children are not in school, sowing instability for another generation.Hanna Kozlowska, QuartzMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:17:31 -0400 refugee children who fled violence in Syrian city of Ain al-Arab, known also as Kobani, seen outside their tents in a camp in the border town of Suruc, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.Emrah Gurel/APFederal Agents Charged With Using Bitcoin To Launder Money former DEA official and a former Secret Service agent face charges over criminal activity that allegedly took place while the agents investigated the Silk Road website.Dustin Volz, National JournalMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:06:27 -0400 logos are displayed at the Inside Bitcoins conference and trade show, on April 7, 2014.Mark Lennihan/APCarter on retaining the best; Another coalition emerges in the Middle East; Militias still in Tikrit; Where to put Iranian stockpiles?; ‘Doolittle Raider’ passes at 95; And a bit more. Watson and Marcus WeisgerberMon, 30 Mar 2015 07:26:00 -0400 Haram and Hackers Couldn't Stop the Nigerian Election of Nigerians ignored threats of violence and endured long waits at some faulty polling stations as voting for their new president extended through Sunday.Yinka Adegoke, QuartzMon, 30 Mar 2015 04:34:00 -0400 man displaced by Islamist militant attacks casts his vote during the presidential and National Assembly elections in Yola, Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Sunday Alamba/APThe 4 Things You Need for an Iran Deal negotiators meet this weekend, here are the political and technical challenges that lie ahead.Joe CirincioneFri, 27 Mar 2015 17:19:32 -0400's foreign minister Javad Zarif, walks after after talks with Secretary of State John Kerry in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 17, 2015.Brian Snyder/APPentagon: Yes, Taking Tikrit Just Got Harder official concedes that Iran was helping Iraq take back its city.Patrick TuckerFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:25:51 -0400 security forces prepare to attack Islamic State extremist positions in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 26, 2015.Khalid Mohammed/APThe Reckless Man's Case for Bombing Iran Bolton's newest proposal for yet another war in the Middle East was assessed as a bad idea by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates three years ago.Peter Beinart, The AtlanticFri, 27 Mar 2015 13:29:47 -0400 U.N. Ambassador John Bolton speaks during the Freedom Summit, on Jan. 24, 2015.Charlie Neibergall/APLawmaker Wants All VA Bonuses Halted Until Colorado Project Is Completed new bill from Colorado's Rep. Mike Coffman would halt all bonuses across the Veterans Affairs Deparment until a long-delayed, nearly $2 billion hospital is up and running.Kellie Lunney, Government ExecutiveFri, 27 Mar 2015 13:15:27 -0400 Mike Coffman, R-Colo., speaks to voters in his Colorado district. Kristen Wyatt/APHow To Spot a Terrorist, TSA Edition time you travel, be careful not to complain about airport security.Dustin Volz, National JournalFri, 27 Mar 2015 13:02:00 -0400 Transportation Security Administration officer watches computer monitors that display luggage as it is tracked through various security screening measures, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.Mark Lennihan/APWhat's at Stake in Tikrit latest campaign against ISIS has quickly become a flashpoint between Iran and the U.S. for influence in Iraq, says the Council on Foreign Relations' Stephen Biddle.Noah Gordon, The AtlanticFri, 27 Mar 2015 12:46:00 -0400 rises from central Tikrit during clashes between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State group extremists in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 26, 2015.Khalid Mohammed/AP