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Jennifer Hlad

Senior News Editor, Defense One

Jennifer Hlad
Jennifer Hlad is senior news editor at Defense One and lives in Kailua, Hawaii. Hlad was a Stars and Stripes reporter at the Pentagon and West Coast bureau chief in California before traveling with her Marine Corps husband to posts in Manama and Okinawa, all the while working a mix of assignments with Air Force Magazine, the Daily Beast, Military Times and other publications. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

War with China not inevitable, Taiwan government officials say

“We are small, but we are not alone,” deputy foreign affairs minister says.

Science & Tech

Army tests next-gen long-range fires capability in Pacific

Land forces also used high-altitude sensing balloons and new endurance ISR drone during a Navy-led exercise.


Sophisticated Army training goes mobile to knit a farflung Pacific coalition

The service took its Hawaii-based center to the Philippines, part of a regional campaign of joint and combined training.


Paparo takes the helm at INDOPACOM

Today is the “most dangerous time,” says outgoing Adm. Aquilino.

Updated Threats

US forces down missiles as Iran attacks Israel

Navy warships and Air Force fighter squadrons shot down dozens of drones and a half dozen ballistic missiles launched from Iran and Yemen, U.S. officials said.


‘Deterring conflict is our highest duty’

Adm. Koehler takes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet, as Adm. Paparo moves on to Indo-Pacific Command.


With Red Hill’s tanks virtually empty, closure task force begins work

The redistribution of fuel to locations around the Pacific “will really make us safer,” commander says.


2023 sees new record for US government-to-government arms exports, boosted by Ukraine aid

The year’s $80.9 billion total for Foreign Military Sales is up more than half from the previous year.


The race is on to prepare Australia for nuclear subs

“There has been a hiatus where we weren’t all paying attention. Now we’ve got to catch up,” a UK shipbuilding exec says.