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Kedar Pavgi

Digital Producer/Reporter Kedar Pavgi is a digital editor at Defense One. He joined Government Executive Media Group summer 2012 as an editorial fellow. He previously worked at Foreign Policy magazine, and has written for The Diplomat, The World Politics Review and the Foreign Policy Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, where he studied economics and international relations.
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How the White House and Congress Plan To Boost Defense: Ignore Sequestration

March 21, 2015 The House and the Senate may have found a sweet spot for their budget strategies: they’re both planning on using the U.S. war chest to give the Pentagon the money the White House requested for defense, but outside the reach of sequestration’s spending caps. The White House hoped to force ...

5 Months of Air Strikes in Iraq and Syria in 4 Charts

January 8, 2015 This story has been updated. It’s been five months since operations began in Iraq to protect the besieged Yazidi population on Mount Sinjar. Since Aug. 8, U.S. and coalition forces have carried out 1,689 strikes in Iraq and Syria against more than 3,200 Islamic State targets (also known as ISIS, ...

What the Intelligence Community Thought Would Happen in 2015 - in 2000

December 22, 2014 After a year filled with non-stop national security crises, the question is: Can anyone predict chaos in the future? The answer is, sort of. Every four years, the National Intelligence Council - the arm of the Intelligence Community tasked with developing long-term outlooks - releases its Global Trends report. It’s ...

A Look Back at Chuck Hagel’s Tenure as Defense Secretary

November 25, 2014 When he leaves office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s short tenure may be defined by the sheer breadth of challenges and crises he was forced to address. When he began his term in February 2013, Hagel was faced with the looming budget crisis and sequestration cuts that threatened billions in military ...

Here’s a Map of Obama’s Coalition Against the Islamic State

September 24, 2014 President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations on Wednesday, facing the tough task of selling world leaders on a new war against terrorism. Nearly 140 heads of state are gathered in New York this week and Obama’s goal is to convince them to join the fight against terrorist groups like ...

7 Things You Need to Know About the Next Iraqi Prime Minister

August 11, 2014 On Monday, Iraq’s President Fouad Massoum named Haider al-Abadi to succeed the Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister after nearly eight years in office. Abadi is no newcomer to Iraqi politics. He’s been closely involved in the country’s administration since the United States invaded in 2003. Here’s what you need to ...

The Air Force Is Offering Separation Incentives to Thousands of Civilians

July 14, 2014 The Air Force will soon begin offering incentives to reduce its workforce by nearly 3,500 employees, the service announced Monday. As part of a Defense Department-wide effort to reduce the number of employees at headquarters offices by 20 percent, the Air Force will offer early retirements and buyouts to civilian ...

Air Force to Offer Separation Incentives to Thousands of Civilians

July 14, 2014 The Air Force will soon begin offering incentives to reduce its workforce by nearly 3,500 employees, the service announced Monday. As part of a Defense Department-wide effort to reduce the number of employees at headquarters offices by 20 percent, the Air Force will offer early retirements and buyouts to civilian ...

Why the U.S. Has Few Options To Help Find Kidnapped Girls in Nigeria

May 9, 2014 For those watching closely, last month’s kidnapping of more than 270 schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria comes both as no surprise and with abundant challenges. Abubakar Shekau, the group’s leader, warned in a video last May that he would begin kidnapping girls, in retaliation for the ...

Terrorist Attacks Have Increased By 43 Percent in the Last Year

April 30, 2014 The number of terrorist attacks, kidnappings, deaths and injuries across the globe rose by 43 percent last year, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2013. The annual report, released Wednesday, outlines the trends and events in global terrorism every year, tallying country-by-country efforts in counterterrorism and up-to-date ...