“Bringing terrorist leaders to Maryland isn’t a typical diplomatic move.”

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 end of lawmakers’ summer break and the long list of work facing them this month. That includes drafting a defense appropriations bill and keeping up with an aggressive conference plan for the annual defense authorization bill.

The pair also break down President Donald Trump’s surprising announcement of a cancelled peace summit with Taliban leaders at Camp David, a move that would have put the heads of the terrorist network within a short drive of both Washington, D.C. and New York City on the eve of the Sept. 11 attacks’ 18th anniversary.

The reporters also use their in-depth military knowledge to plan talk about the return of the NFL, and what football means to national defense.

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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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