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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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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 ...

Is the New VA Secretary Already Losing His Luster?

November 11, 2014 The honeymoon period for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is officially over. Barely three months after the former Procter & Gamble CEO was unanimously confirmed to run the embattled agency, he has come under fire for not moving fast enough to solve its myriad problems. Veteran advocates and lawmakers—particularly Republicans—say ...

Obama to Send More Troops to Iraq in Fight Against Islamic State

November 7, 2014 President Obama signed off Friday on deploying an additional 1,500 U.S. troops to Iraq to train local forces there. The soldiers would be "in a non-combat role, to expand our advise and assist mission and initiate a comprehensive training effort for Iraqi forces," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said ...

US Targets the Khorasan Group With a New Round of Airstrikes

November 6, 2014 The U.S. military launched airstrikes late Wednesday night against five Khorasan Group targets, the second time it has bombed the group since it started operations in Syria in late September. Central Command, which oversees military activities in Iraq and Syria, said in a statement Thursday that the strikes around Sarmada, ...

The Senate's Defense Policy Could Soon Rest in John McCain's Hands

November 5, 2014 One of the president's chief critics could soon lead the Senate's main military committee. With Republicans gaining the majority in the upper chamber in Tuesday's midterm elections, Sen. John McCain is widely expected to become the next Armed Services Committee chairman in January. McCain, the Republican Party's presidential nominee in ...

John McCain Poised to Control Senate's Defense Policy

November 5, 2014 One of the president's chief critics could soon lead the Senate's main military committee. With Republicans gaining the majority in the upper chamber in Tuesday's midterm elections, Sen. John McCain is widely expected to become the next Armed Services Committee chairman in January. McCain, the Republican Party's presidential nominee in ...

Pentagon Announces It Will Quarantine Soldiers Returning From Ebola Mission

October 29, 2014 All soldiers returning from the Ebola mission in West Africa will undergo a 21-day quarantine. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered military leaders to develop a plan within 15 days on how to carry out the "controlled monitoring regimen" for the approximately 4,000 troops that could be involved in the military's ...