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Jordain Carney

National Journal Jordain Carney is a defense reporter at National Journal. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Hotline, covering congressional and gubernatorial elections in the South. Jordain graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in English, political science, and journalism.
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Obama Wants to Close Guantanamo. Will a GOP Senate Let Him Do It?

December 15, 2014 With Republicans poised to take over the Senate next month, President Obama is going to have to work with some of his harshest critics if he wants to fulfill his pledge to close Guantanamo Bay before he leaves office. But a few top Republicans are willing to help him try. ...

Will a GOP Senate Let Obama Close Guantanamo?

December 15, 2014 With Republicans poised to take over the Senate next month, President Obama is going to have to work with some of his harshest critics if he wants to fulfill his pledge to close Guantanamo Bay before he leaves office. But a few top Republicans are willing to help him try. ...

Sen. Coburn Is Holding Up the Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill

December 12, 2014 An effort to get a veterans suicide-prevention bill passed in the final days of the 113th Congress faces one remaining hurdle: an anonymous hold. "As far as we can tell, we have the support of nearly every single U.S. senator, Democrat, Republican, except perhaps just one," said Alex Nicholson, the ...

Reports of Military Sexual Assault Increased Over Past Year

December 4, 2014 The Pentagon unveiled four new initiatives Thursday to help combat military sexual assault, which saw an 8 percent increase in reporting over the past year. "The Department of Defense has been taking aggressive action over the past year and a half to stop sexual assault," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said ...

Will Sexual Assault Reform Derail the Defense Bill?

December 3, 2014 A new defense authorization bill will hit the House floor this week, senior House and Senate committee staffers said, but its eventual passage will likely hinge on whether the Senate can avoid controversial amendments—including a high-profile effort to change how the military handles sexual-assault cases—that could derail its support. The ...

Defense Bill Nears Finish Line as Senators Renew Fight for Military Sexual-Assault Reform

December 2, 2014 This story has been updated. A new defense authorization bill will hit the House floor this week, senior House and Senate committee staffers said, but its eventual passage will likely hinge on whether the Senate can avoid controversial amendments—including a high-profile effort to change how the military handles sexual-assault cases—that ...

IG: Corruption in Afghanistan Getting 'Significantly Worse'

November 18, 2014 The United States is drawing down its presence in Afghanistan, but a top watchdog said Tuesday that corruption there is on the rise. "It's getting worse.… Significantly worse," John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, told reporters at a breakfast roundtable. "Corruption is not only feeding insurgency, it's ...

Corruption in Afghanistan Is Getting 'Significantly Worse'

November 18, 2014 The United States is drawing down its presence in Afghanistan, but a top watchdog said Tuesday that corruption there is on the rise. "It's getting worse.… Significantly worse," John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, told reporters at a breakfast roundtable. "Corruption is not only feeding insurgency, it's ...

Pentagon Orders Overhaul of Nuclear-Missile Squad After Cheating Scandals

November 14, 2014 Months after members of the military's nuclear force were caught cheating on their exams, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel mapped out the group's road to recovery. "We will need to make billions of dollars of additional investments in the nuclear enterprise over the next five years," Hagel said Friday at a ...

One in Six Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans Might Have PTSD

November 12, 2014 More than one in six soldiers who served in the country's most recent wars may have post-traumatic stress disorder. That's the finding of the National Health Study for a New Generation of U.S. Veterans, according to the Veterans Health Administration, which sent out an update Wednesday on the study. It's ...