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Elaine M. Grossman

GSN Elaine M. Grossman is a contributing correspondent at National Journal. Grossman previously served as executive editor and senior correspondent for National Journal's Global Security Newswire. She is a veteran national security and foreign affairs reporter whose articles have won 14 national journalism awards over the past dozen years, including top honors from the National Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists for investigative, analytical, online and breaking-news reporting. In 2009, Atlantic Media recognized her "terrain mastery" with its highest editorial prize, the Chairman's Award. Grossman's articles have also appeared in several major newspapers and magazines, including The Boston Globe and The Miami Herald. In 2003, Grossman served as an Iraq war correspondent for U.S. News & World Report during a six-week stint at ground-combat headquarters in Kuwait. She subsequently wrote about the opening days of the conflict as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, winning a top National Press Club award for the article. Previously senior correspondent and chief editor at the independent investigative weekly Inside the Pentagon, Grossman holds a bachelor's degree from Washington University and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
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Top Six Strategic Threats to Worry About in Today's Global Headlines

August 20, 2014 OMAHA, Neb.-- What do hundreds of nuclear-weapons wonks discuss when cloistered for two hot August days in a windowless Midwest conference center? Turns out, it’s not just nuclear weapons. It’s about their deepest and well informed fears of how conflicts dominating today's global headlines could translate into real life-altering events ...

Budget Cuts Delay New Nuclear Missile By Two Years

August 19, 2014 OMAHA, Neb. -- A lapse in funding is potentially delaying by two years the development of a new U.S. nuclear missile, according to budget documents provided to Congress and interviews with defense sources. The little-noticed spending gap of $28 million -- a minuscule fraction of the Defense Department's annual $500 ...

Key Targeting Tech for Future U.S. Nuclear Missile Has Gone Unfunded

August 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow OMAHA, Neb. -- A lapse in funding is potentially delaying by two years the development of a new U.S. nuclear missile, according to budget documents provided to Congress and interviews with defense sources. The little-noticed spending gap of $28 million -- a minuscule fraction of the Defense Department's annual $500 ...

Haney Defends Air Force Nuclear Personnel As Promised Reforms Lag

August 17, 2014 OMAHA, Neb. -- Following a series of personnel lapses in the Air Force nuclear missile-launch officer corps over the past 15 months, some defense insiders are growing impatient for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to announce publicly the major steps he plans to take to address the matter. The Defense Department ...

Frustration Grows Over Stalled Reforms for Air Force Nuclear Personnel

August 14, 2014 OMAHA, Neb. -- Following a series of personnel lapses in the Air Force nuclear missile-launch officer corps over the past 15 months, some defense insiders are growing impatient for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to announce publicly the major steps he plans to take to address the matter. The Defense Department ...

The U.K. Is Fine With Its Fleet of Nuclear Subs, Thank You Very Much

July 1, 2014 An independent British panel led by former defense and foreign-affairs leaders from each of the nation's three major political parties agrees in a new report that the United Kingdom should keep its arsenal of nuclear-armed Trident submarines, but consider postponing a 2016 decision on modernization options. The so-called Trident Commission's ...

Funding to Replace Nuclear Subs Up in the Air

April 30, 2014 A key U.S. House panel leader says Congress won't create a special funding stream for nuclear-armed submarines this year, but he thinks the idea of bankrolling the vessels outside of the Navy's strained shipbuilding budget is almost certain in the long term. Representative Randy Forbes (R-Va.) told reporters on Tuesday ...

Nuclear Unit Commander to Step Down Amid Missileer Cheating Scandal

March 27, 2014 Air Force Col. Robert Stanley, who commands a scandal-rocked nuclear-missile wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., is stepping down on Thursday, Global Security Newswire has learned. The news comes just as his service prepares to announce the results of an Air Force Global Strike Command investigation into allegations that ...

Pentagon Budget Protects Nuclear Triad

February 25, 2014 U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday said the nation would keep its air-land-sea approach to the nuclear arsenal, despite new Pentagon spending cuts. "We ... preserve all three legs of the nuclear triad," he said in a lengthy statement at a Defense Department press conference, mostly devoted to conventional-warfare ...

U.S. Labels Nigeria's Boko Haram as Terrorists

November 13, 2013 The United States on Wednesday formally designated the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. The new label is aimed at facilitating the international investigation and prosecution of those believed "responsible for thousands of deaths in northeast and central Nigeria over the last several years, including targeted killings ...