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Kedar Pavgi

Digital Producer/Reporter Kedar Pavgi is a digital producer/reporter 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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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 ...

Where Genocide Is Most Likely To Happen Next

April 15, 2014 Twenty years after the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, researchers at The University of Sydney have created a model predicting which countries will experience targeted mass violence across the globe. Known as the Atrocity Forecasting Project, the model plugs in more than a dozen “instability variables,” which include statistics on ...

Here’s a Map of the World’s Fastest Growing Militaries

April 14, 2014 The United States may be cutting its military spending, but 23 nations have doubled their defense spending over the past decade, according to a report released by a leading arms observation group on Monday. Afghanistan tops the list of nations with the sharpest increase in defense spending over the past ...

One Map That Shows What America’s Spies Are Worried About

January 30, 2014 How dangerous is the world? Listen to what leaders in the intelligence community are saying and it’s frightening. Officials from America’s spy agencies testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday on the “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community,” an annual report that explains the biggest ...

It's Becoming Too Expensive for the Military to Go Into Space

January 14, 2014 Launching military assets into space – a “core element of national security” – is becoming too expensive and bureaucratic and could render the Pentagon’s space program “ineffective,” warns the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. "I think we're in the middle of a self-inflicted surprise in some senses ...

Brunt of Global Terrorist Attacks Born By Three Countries

December 20, 2013 A new study tracking worldwide terrorism attacks has found that last year more than half occurred in just three countries: Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. But the survey also notably illustrates the shift of terrorism out of the war zones of the last decade, reporting a significant increase in attacks by ...