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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.
Threats

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.

Policy

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.

Business

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.

Policy

US plan may boost NATO arms production for Ukraine

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

Policy

Army brass opposes drone branch

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

Policy

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.

Science & Tech

Marine logistics battalions to get resupply drones by 2028

Each unit will receive three to six small cargo drones, part of the Corps' effort to become lighter and more agile.

Science & Tech

New details give Replicator a distinct Ukrainian flavor

First purchases announced in Pentagon's plan to acquire thousands of drones.

Threats

How US special operators are training Ukrainians—and what they’re learning in return

The Ukrainian troops bring battlefield experience that is helping to reshape the U.S. Army’s own special operations.

Threats

Another US precision-guided weapon falls prey to Russian electronic warfare, US says

A U.S. defense official would not provide specifics, but is likely referring to Boeing’s Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb.

Policy

At Army’s special-ops school, the biggest changes in a generation

Ukraine, robotics, and more are driving a six-year plan to improve training in irregular warfare, technology, and psyops.