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The Pentagon Beat – January 15, 2020

Megan Eckstein, Deputy Editor at USNI News, and Scott Maucione, defense reporter at Federal News Network, discuss changes to human capital management at the Navy, and the branch’s priorities for recruitment and retainment.


The Pentagon Beat – May 1, 2019

Megan Eckstein, deputy editor of USNI News, and Hope Hodge Seck, managing editor of, discuss the confirmation hearing for new Navy and Marine Corps leadership, and what they can tell us about the future of the branches.

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The Pentagon Beat – January 2, 2019

On the first Pentagon Beat of the year: Megan Eckstein, deputy editor of USNI News, and Patrick Tucker, technology editor at Defense One, discuss the Navy’s purchase of a second destroyer from General Dynamics in 2019, and the Justice Department’s indictment of Chinese hackers.

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The Pentagon Beat – December 19, 2018

Sam LaGrone, editor of USNI News and Marcus Weisgerber, global business editor at Defense One, look back at the top defense stories of the year, including the Space Force, defense industry mergers, and the Coast Guard’s icebreaker program.


The Pentagon Beat – October 3, 2018

On this all F-35 edition of the Pentagon Beat, USNI News deputy editor Megan Eckstein and Inside the Air Force managing editor Courtney Albon discuss recent aircraft news including the F-35’s price reduction, the Marine variant’s first combat mission, and testing the plane’s operational readiness.

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The Pentagon Beat – September 5, 2018

Politico Defense Reporter, Jacqueline Klimas and USNI News Deputy Editor, Megan Eckstein cover the top defense stories of the week. Topics on this edition include the costs associated with the Space Force and the status of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s turnover.


The Pentagon Beat – August 1, 2018

Defense One Global Business Editor Marcus Weisgerber and USNI News Deputy Editor Megan Eckstein discuss the top stories from the Department of Defense. Topics on this edition of the Pentagon Beat include details from the RIMPAC military exercises, and new developments regarding the ‘Space Force.’

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