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Sam Skove

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Sam Skove
Sam Skove is a staff reporter at Defense One, where he writes about the Army and Marine Corps. He previously worked in Ukraine covering the Russia-Ukraine war for The Daily Beast, Radio Liberty, and The New Republic, among other publications. He holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Georgetown's Security Studies Program.

Should NATO help the NGOs that train Ukrainian soldiers?

The leader of one such organization says he’s getting good results at less cost, time, and political risk.


NATO summit a mixed success, even with decidedly less drama

After dissension in the 2023 edition, last week’s meeting offered “no big surprises,” one diplomat said.

Science & Tech

Ukraine bets on land robots for next phase of war

As it continues to defend against Russian invasion, Ukraine is also seeking billions to supercharge its domestic arms industry.

Science & Tech

What Estonian drone companies are learning from Ukraine

Estonian companies are getting lightning-quick user feedback and real-world electronic warfare testing, thanks to hands-on experiments in Ukraine.


Army names air-defense vehicle for Medal of Honor recipient

“Sgt. Stout” will refer to a missile-and-gun variant of the service’s M-SHORAD effort.


Europe’s still spending too little on defense to suit Estonia

Even Tallinn itself is not doing enough, according to a senior defense official who quit in protest.


Rheinmetall opens repair center for armored vehicles in Ukraine

It appears to be one of the first foreign-owned repair centers inside the war-torn country.

Defense Systems

How Estonia is becoming a hotbed for drone warfare

Projects include experimental loitering munitions that cost a fraction of U.S. equivalents.

Defense Systems

Marine Corps seeks to boost cyber and signals skills with new recruitment program

The trial program would give civilians a chance to enlist as staff non-commissioned officers if they have the required skills.

Science & Tech

Across the Army, units lean into drone experimentation

In division after division, soldiers are learning to use a rising wave of robots and other unmanned systems.


US plan may boost NATO arms production for Ukraine

Money would also go toward Ukrainian defense industry and undercutting Russian arms sales.


Army brass opposes drone branch

The service must first establish how it wants to use drones, leaders say.


An Army drone branch? Idea advances in House subcommittee

Tactical and Land Forces panel’s NDAA proposal would also fund 3 “unfunded priorities.”

Science & Tech

Drones could guide every bit of an Army division’s firepower, 101st CO says

From mortars to missiles, the airborne unit is rethinking the use of uncrewed systems in the kill chain.