“It’s only about 200 days until the first votes of the Democratic primaries…”

On this week’s Defense Nerds Podcast, Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould talk about the Senate passage of the annual defense authorization act and the latest tensions between Iran and the United States. The two topics are related, much to the dismay of Senate leaders.

The pair also discussed the first Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 campaign, and why national security didn’t play a larger role in the event. Finally, the hosts brainstorm ideas on how to salvage what looks like a potentially messy Fourth of July celebration this year in Washington, D.C.

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Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.

Joe Gould was the senior Pentagon reporter for Defense News, covering the intersection of national security policy, politics and the defense industry. He had previously served as Congress reporter.

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