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-usFri, 29 Aug 2014 02:06:30 -0400Joint DOD-VA Health Records System Still Way Behind Target of Obama's 19 initiatives announced this week included an 11-year-old system whose implementation continues to miss deadlines. By Bob BrewinBob Brewin, NextgovFri, 29 Aug 2014 02:06:30 -0400 Petty Officer files medical records aboard the USS Nimitz. Navy Media Content ServicesNATO's Moment of Truth Arrives is a 28-member alliance in search of its soul in the 21st century. Next week's summit might just be the last, best hope the alliance has to face down Putin. By Stewart M. Patrick and Daniel ChardellStewart M. Patrick and Daniel Chardell, Council on Foreign RelationsFri, 29 Aug 2014 02:03:10 -0400 Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen brief the media after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.Markus Schreiber/APDoes Boko Haram Really Have Control Over a New Caliphate? international attention spread thin in recent weeks, it's hard to know whether or not Boko Haram's newly-announced caliphate even really exists. By John CampbellJohn Campbell, Council on Foreign RelationsFri, 29 Aug 2014 01:55:59 -0400 Nigerian soldier walks at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Abuja, Nigeria, on June 25, 2014.Olamikan Gbemiga/APWhy Sen. Feinstein Wants the CIA Torture Report Delayed it has do with the agency's beloved black highlighter. By Dustin VolzDustin Volz, National JournalFri, 29 Aug 2014 01:43:52 -0400 Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill after a caucus with fellow Democrats in the Senate. J. Scott Applewhite/APObama Says Still No Ukraine Intervention As More Russians Cross Border NATO released imagery showing Russian combat troops fighting inside Ukraine’s border, Obama refused to use the i-word—or offer military assistance to Kiev. By Ben WatsonBen WatsonThu, 28 Aug 2014 18:50:24 -0400 soldiers take positions in the village of Bezimenne in southeastern Ukraine, on August 26, 2014. Sergei Grits/APObama: 'We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet' Obama said the U.S. is not about to escalate the Islamic State fight because he is still searching for a long-term strategy to defeat the group. By Kevin BaronKevin BaronThu, 28 Aug 2014 18:10:17 -0400 Obama leaves the podium in the James Brady Press Briefing room on Thursday. Evan Vucci/APWhy the Islamic State Is Mostly a Network of Roads say that ISIL controls territory stretching from Aleppo to Falluja and up to Mosul is not to say that it controls all of that territory equally. By Kathy GilsinanKathy Gilsinan, The AtlanticWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:08:10 -0400 Peshmerga fighters detain a man suspected as a militant for the ISIL. Khalid Mohammed/APThe Cease-Fire in Gaza By the Numbers the wake of the latest Gaza cease-fire agreement, here's a quick rundown on the damage and duration of Israeli-Hamas fighting this Summer. By Tim FernholzTim Fernholz, QuartzWed, 27 Aug 2014 16:56:57 -0400 and firefighters inspect the rubble of a five-storey building of the Sheikh Zaid housing project following an Israeli strike, on August 26, 2014. Adel Hana/APCan You Treat PTSD By Altering Memories? brain research is yielding promising returns for wounded veterans coping with traumatic war experiences. But it's raising some ethical questions, too. By Cari RommCari Romm, The AtlanticWed, 27 Aug 2014 16:33:45 -0400 from the 1st Battalion sleep outdoors at Sadr City on March 31. 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division by Sgt. Zachary MottThe China-U.S. Hypersonic Arms Race Is Having a Little Trouble Washington and Beijing are trying to develop weapons that are virtually immune to missile defense systems. It's about as difficult as it sounds. By Zach Wener-FlignerZach Wener-Fligner, QuartzWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:44:37 -0400 X-51A Waverider test vehicle is attached to a B-52H Stratofortress prior to a test over the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Air Force photo/Bobbi ZapkaThe Terrible Idea of Partnering With Syria's Assad the U.S. teaming up with the Syrian dictator is both an interesting thought experiment and a terrible idea. By Bobby GhoshBobby Ghosh, QuartzWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:28:05 -0400's President Bashar Assad, reviews an honor guard upon his arrival at the presidential palace to take the oath of office for his new term of office, on July 16, 2014. SANA/APGovernment Shutdown Whispers Begin Again same Republican faction that brought last year's furloughs and closings may be ready to have at it again. By Molly BallMolly Ball, The AtlanticWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:20:27 -0400 Ted Cruz, R-Texas, delivers a speech at the 2014 Red State Gathering, on August 8, 2014. Tony Gutierrez/APMother of Kidnapped Journalist Sotloff Pleads to Baghdadi for Son’s Life the fate of kidnapped Americans complicates the U.S. fight against the Islamic State, Shirley Sotloff tells its leader her son is an innocent. By Kevin BaronKevin BaronWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:46:25 -0400 Sotloff, mother of Steven Sotloff, issues a plea to the Islamic State to free her son. Defense OneThree Companies Want to Send NASA's Astronauts Into Space different kind of space race is seeking to break America's reliance on Russia to get U.S. astronauts into orbit. By Marina KorenMarina Koren, National JournalTue, 26 Aug 2014 20:47:39 -0400 from the USS Anchorage participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion program. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corey GreenHow Obama Plans to Fix Veterans’ Mental Health Care Tuesday, the White House unveiled more steps to improve wounded veterans care. By Eric KatzEric Katz, Government ExecutiveTue, 26 Aug 2014 20:32:03 -0400 Obama speaks about veterans issues at the American Legion's 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., on August 26, 2014.Charles Dharapak/APHere's One American-Russian 24-Point Plan to Solve Ukraine group of Americans and Russians met in Finland and developed a 24-point agenda for peace in Ukraine. That's right: a 24-point plan. Think it'll work? By Uri FriedmanUri Friedman, The AtlanticTue, 26 Aug 2014 20:22:45 -0400 President Alexander Lukashenko welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, on Tuesday.Alexander Zemlianichenko/APPentagon Satellite Maker Ignoring 'Thousands' of Major Cyber Vulnerabilities blasted for ignoring 'high-risk' vulnerabilities to weather satellites shared by government agencies. By Aliya SternsteinAliya Sternstein, NextgovTue, 26 Aug 2014 17:48:38 -0400 computer rendering of the JPSS-1 satellite in orbit.VA Finally Seeking a Replacement for Its Outdated Scheduling System VA would love to put its wait list problems far behind it, and a new scheduling system expected to be announced by the end of the year could be a big step forward. By Jack MooreJack Moore, NextgovTue, 26 Aug 2014 16:36:25 -0400 photo of the outside of the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Darron Cummings/APWhy the Bombing of Tripoli Is a Game-Changer Washington, airstrikes by Egyptian and U.A.E. jets on Tripoli fighters signal a promising turn for regional players coordinating their own security. By Bobby GhoshBobby GhoshTue, 26 Aug 2014 15:51:05 -0400 with the Misarata brigade fire towards Tripoli airport in an attempt to take control of the position from a rival militia, on July 26, 2014. AP video/APRepublicans Recycle ‘Containment’ Line for Obama’s Iraq Strategy once again hit Obama for ‘containment’ – painting the president as weak for not doing more to attack the Islamic State. By Molly O’TooleMolly O'TooleMon, 25 Aug 2014 23:11:00 -0400 Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., right, walk off of the stage following a news conference on the violence in the Mideast on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2014. AP PhotoIs the Pentagon's Personnel Reform Turning a Corner at Long Last? one union's perspective, the Defense Department's negotiations with labor groups are progressing at a surprisingly positive pace. By Eric KatzEric Katz, Government ExecutiveMon, 25 Aug 2014 21:41:04 -0400 Marines aboard the Air Station hold a quarterly meeting to welcome new employees and discuss other programs. Marine Corps Air station Beaufort by Sgt. Marcy SanchezIt’s Time to Sink the Littoral Combat Ship that seem too good to be true usually are, and so it is with the LCS. By Jacob Marx and William D. HartungWilliam D. Hartung and Jacob MarxMon, 25 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0400 littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) shows its maneuverability while underway in the Pacific Ocean, April 23, 2014.Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney/USNThe Problem With Bombing the Islamic State in Syria all the problems with intervening militarily in Iraq, every one of them pale next to the problems of doing so in Syria. By Peter BeinartPeter Beinart, The AtlanticMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:54:33 -0400 Iraqis from the Yazidi community arrive at Nowruz camp, in Derike, Syria, on August 10, 2014.Khalid Mohammed/APFort Lee Incident Now the Third Active Shooting This Year on U.S. Military Bases shooting incident at Fort Lee, Va., marked the third active shooter this year on a U.S. military base, and turns the spotlight back briefly on military suicides. By Ben WatsonBen WatsonMon, 25 Aug 2014 11:07:00 -0400 line-haul tractor trucks line up at Fort Lee, Va., and prepare for a convoy to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., on June 3, 2013.Capt. Jeffrey Gruidl/U.S. Army photoThe Islamic State's Own Photos Were Just Used to Find One of Its Training Camps British journalist teamed up with analysts and reporters to determine exactly where Islamic State fighters train near the Tigris River in Mosul, Iraq. By Kabir ChibberKabir Chibber, QuartzSun, 24 Aug 2014 18:06:51 -0400 landmark in a photo taken by the Islamic State is shown using Bellingcat's crowd-sourced software. Screenshot via Bellingcat