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Elizabeth Howe

Assistant Editor, Defense One

Elizabeth Howe
Elizabeth Howe is assistant editor at Defense One. Born on Andrews Air Force Base, Md., she moved with her Air Force family 16 times in 18 years. She earned a B.A. and M.A. at Virginia Tech and has experience in defense journalism, social media management, and podcasting. She is also zookeeper to two dumpster cats and a German Shepherd.
Science & Tech

Army’s Next Helicopters Are Still a Ways Off—But Their Digital Links Are Already Changing the Battle

Open, modular electronics are key to a vast leap forward in capability, says Future Vertical Lift Program director.

Threats

This Gen-Z Value Could Spell Trouble for Spec Ops Community

CNA looked at the leadership traits valued by today’s youth, special operators, and strategists of tomorrow.

Policy

The Army Is ‘Running a Tab’ of Equipment Sent to Ukraine

The service chief said he will ask Congress to replace “every round we send, every weapon system.”

Policy

US Army Outlines Plan to Overcome ‘Most Challenging’ Recruiting Era Since 1973

The service has already shrunk below the reduced end-strength goal it set with its 2023 budget request.

Policy

Army Suicide Numbers for 2022 ‘Significantly Lower,’ Army Secretary Says

A proposed $99 million gym in Alaska is at the top of the service chief's unfunded priorities list.

Policy

What Have US Special Operators Learned from the Ukraine War?

The Army, for one, is considering creating a special-operations drone specialty.

Policy

What Would Ukrainian ‘Victory’ Look Like? GOP Lawmaker Asks

Defense Secretary Austin was just the latest government official to be accused of swerving questions about how the war in Ukraine will end.

Policy

Are US Troops Still Training Ukrainians?

The military’s top officials did not clear things up on Tuesday.

Policy

In About-Face, Army Expects to Shrink Next Year

Chief of Staff McConville says recruiters need to reach families whose children have not served.

Policy

Teleworking DOD Civilians May Be Recalled to In-Person Work

Two years after the pandemic sent DOD into “maximum telework,” Thursday’s memo points the way toward a new new normal.

Threats

Reports of Sexual Assault, Harassment at Military Academies Spike

The number of reports likely still represents only a small portion of actual instances of sexual assault and harassment.

Policy

The Army’s New Decades-Long Climate Strategy Has No Budget

The strategy includes a list of tangible objectives but no corresponding cost estimates.

Policy

DOD Grants First Religious Waivers for COVID Vaccine

Two Marines are the first successful applicants among the 18,500 U.S. troops who have sought exemption from the vaccination mandate by citing religious beliefs.

Policy

Denials, Not Approvals, Greet Troops’ Religious Vax Exemptions

No service has yet publicly announced that any service member has received a religion-based exemption from the Pentagon’s COVID-vaccination mandate.

Policy

Army Commanders Relieved Over Vaccine Refusal

Battalion COs among the six soldiers removed from their jobs as service deadline passes.