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, 29 Jul 2014 16:31:00 -0400House Wants Private Sector To Help Bolster U.S. Cyber Defense lawmakers think partnerships between the private sector and DHS will go a long way toward protecting America's vulnerable civil infrastructure. By Rebecca CarrollRebecca CarrollTue, 29 Jul 2014 16:31:00 -0400 analyst works at the government’s secretive cyber defense lab, Sept. 29, 2011, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Homeland Security Department's Control System Security Program facilities are intended to protect the nation's power grid.Mark J. Terrill/APCongress Clears Way for VA to Begin Firing Senior Executives new bi-partisan bill to kickstart reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs could find its way to the president's desk by the end of the week. By Eric KatzEric Katz, Government ExecutiveTue, 29 Jul 2014 10:49:23 -0400 Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill about reforms to the VA, on July 24, 2014. AP PhotoHow 'Game of Thrones' Will Predict the Next Bin Laden the next terrorist mastermind is a lot like a close watch of 'Game of Thrones.' By Patrick TuckerPatrick TuckerTue, 29 Jul 2014 10:16:00 -0400 Salafis hold posters of former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in front of security headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Amr Nabil/APDefense One Events, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 China's Enormous Fishing Fleet Is Being Used As a Surrogate Navy seems to be sending its fishermen to work in disputed waters for not only economic and commercial reasons, but geopolitical ones as well. By Adam PasnickAdam Pasick, QuartzMon, 28 Jul 2014 21:34:07 -0400 Hong Kong fishing vessel carrying activists sets sail for the disputed Diaoyu Island in the East China Sea. Kin Cheung/APWant to Be the Next Intelligence Whistleblower? You May Want to Wait the director of national intelligence admits there are inadequate safeguards for officials who want to bring attention to wrongdoing. By Conor FriedersdorfConor Friedersdorf, The AtlanticMon, 28 Jul 2014 21:28:25 -0400 leaker Edward Snowden asks a question to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a televised session, on April 17, 2014.Pavel Golovkin/APHow The Army's Next Pistol Will End Up in a Gun Shop Near You more than 30 years, the Army will open its competition for a new standard-issue handgun. Here's how those old Beretta M9s could migrate to the streets. By Matt ValentineMatt Valentine, The AtlanticMon, 28 Jul 2014 21:18:59 -0400 sergeant with the 200th Military Police Command trains German soldiers during a 9mm marksmanship training course. 200th Military Police CommandSenate Thinks It May Have the NSA Reform Bill Everyone Can Agree On the White House, tech companies, and privacy groups has proven nearly impossible so far. Will the Senate's latest attempt this week be any different? By Dustin VolzDustin Volz, National JournalMon, 28 Jul 2014 21:12:14 -0400 Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy walks to a closed door briefing on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite/APSenate Panel's 1 Percent Troop, Civilian Pay Raise Now Faces House Hurdles more modest pay raise for troops and defense civilians looks safe in the Democratic-controlled Senate. But how will it fare in the Republican-controlled House? By Kellie LunneyKellie Lunney, Government ExecutiveMon, 28 Jul 2014 21:06:33 -0400 Army colonel administers a reenlistment oath to soldiers assigned to Task Force Lifeliner at Bagram Airfield. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia RosarioWhy Benjamin Netanyahu Should Be Very, Very Worried's future looks more vulnerable than at any point in the 21st century as demographic and social trends are complicating perceptions of the Gaza offensive. By Ron FournierRon Fournier, National JournalMon, 28 Jul 2014 18:28:51 -0400 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks on stage with Secretary of State John Kerry for a photo opportunity before a meeting in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014. AP PhotoHouse, Senate Committee Reaches Compromise to Reform the VA days before the August recess, a conference committee reached a deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs with a breakthrough $17 billion bill. By Molly O’TooleMolly O'TooleMon, 28 Jul 2014 18:23:00 -0400 Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., head to a news conference on Capitol Hill on Monday.AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteWhy Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning? reasons why Israel is losing the battle of perception over its Gaza offensive, even as it wins the battle against rockets and tunnels. By Jeffrey GoldbergJeffrey Goldberg, The AtlanticSun, 27 Jul 2014 19:48:00 -0400 from Israeli strikes rise over northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Israel resumed its Gaza offensive on Sunday, calling off a unilateral extension of a cease-fire after Palestinian militants fired several rockets at southern Israel.Adel Hana/APU.S. Evacuates Embassy in Libya violence between Libyan militias forced the State Department to evacuate the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli on Saturday. By Stephanie GaskellStephanie GaskellSat, 26 Jul 2014 09:59:00 -0400 MV-22B Osprey from the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response prepares to leave Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, to evacuate personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya on Saturday. USMC Cpl. Shawn ValosinThe Number of Foreign Fighters in Syria Now Exceeds 12,000 and Rising is now the ‘predominant battleground for extremists‘ plotting Western attacks as foreign fighters increase 50 percent since April, says U.S. counterterrorism director. By Kevin BaronKevin BaronFri, 25 Jul 2014 16:19:13 -0400 Iraqi Shiite fighter clashes with members of the Sunni Free Syrian Army in Hatita, on November 22, 2013. Jaber al-Helo/APWhy India and China Matter to America's Afghanistan Drawdown Plan New Delhi and Beijing plan to cope with an increasingly independent Afghanistan. By Daniel MarkeyDaniel Markey, Council on Foreign RelationsFri, 25 Jul 2014 13:05:35 -0400's Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with China's President Xi Jinping at a BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. Silvia Izquierdo/APGuantanamo's New Purgatory the Periodic Review Boards are to ever meaningfully review Guantanamo detainees' detention, they must address these issues of delay, transparency, and legitimacy. By Zak NewmanZak NewmanFri, 25 Jul 2014 12:50:05 -0400 in front of the Supreme Court dress as detainees to protest against the military's detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Evan Vucci/APWhat Would the National Guard Actually Do at the Border? troops deployed to America's border with Mexico might elude the usual characterizations of 'militarizing' a region. By James Oliphant and Rachel RoubeinJames Oliphant and Rachel Roubein, National JournalFri, 25 Jul 2014 12:44:00 -0400 Tennessee National Guardsman stands watch near the Arizona-Mexico border in Sasabe, Ariz., March 1, 2007.John Partipilo/APWeather and War: A Perfect Storm recent airline tragedies turned the world’s spotlight on collateral damage’s innocent victims—changing the idea of international security into one of personal security as well. By Tara SonenshineTara SonenshineFri, 25 Jul 2014 12:26:15 -0400 attend a silent march of remembrance in Amsterdam for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash.Phil Nijhuis/AP The CIA Fears the Internet of Things battleground of tomorrow is everywhere at once. By Patrick TuckerPatrick TuckerThu, 24 Jul 2014 21:17:10 -0400 images via ShutterstockCentral American Leaders Push Obama, Congress for Security Assistance political paralysis over border security in Congress, the White House and DOD are forging ahead with Central American counterparts to address the crisis. By Molly O’TooleMolly O'TooleThu, 24 Jul 2014 19:11:52 -0400 American migrants board a northbound freight train in Ixtepec, Mexico.Eduardo Verdugo/APInside the U.S. Push to Keep Kurdish Oil Under Baghdad's Watch diplomatic muscle has kept 1 million barrels of Kurdistan's oil stuck at sea. But will it last? By Steve LeVineSteve LeVine, QuartzThu, 24 Jul 2014 17:21:30 -0400 oil refinery equipment arrives at Kalak refinery on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, on July 14, 2014.AP PhotoHow to Find Yourself on the Terror Watch List Obama administration's newly revealed guidelines for tracking individuals are a Kafkaesque mess built on hubris. By Conor FriedersdorfConor Friedersdorf, The AtlanticThu, 24 Jul 2014 17:04:33 -0400 TSA officer directs a traveler to step through a metal detector at BWI-Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Md.Patrick Semansky/APRepublicans Want to Mandate a Vote on the Iran Nuclear Deal group of senators said late Wednesday that sanctions would be automatically reimposed if the White House does not consult Congress. By Clara RitgerClara Ritger, National JournalThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:42:07 -0400 Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speak to reporters during a press conference on Thursday.AP PhotoHow Long Will Congress Take to Solve the VA's Problems? have serious reservations about the VA's $17.6 billion request to fix the overburdened system. By Jordain CarneyJordain Carney, National JournalThu, 24 Jul 2014 15:36:00 -0400 Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., holds up two pages of response requests from the VA during a hearing on Thursday. AP PhotoWhat Egypt Stands to Win From the Gaza Conflict just might be the last best hope for a cease-fire in Gaza. By Keveh WaddellKaveh Waddell, National JournalThu, 24 Jul 2014 14:29:00 -0400 Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo, Egypt on March 3, 2013. Jacquelyn Martin/AP