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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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Highlights From the Aspen Security Forum

July 22, 2013 The fourth annual Aspen Security Forum finished in Colorado, and some of the biggest names in the national security community provided their insights on key trends in defense and foreign policy. Major figures speaking included Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Gen. Keith Alexander, NSA director and U.S Cyber Command commander, ...

Budget No Reason to Avoid Syria, Defense Official Says

July 19, 2013 The Pentagon’s budget squeeze would not hold back the implementation of a no fly zone in Syria, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in an Aspen Security Forum session on the future of the Pentagon. But any new military commitment would require more money from Congress, and fast. “We would ...

This is What the Pivot Looks Like

July 15, 2013 The Pentagon’s so-called “rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region is happening, albeit slowly. Ever since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the plan to pivot in late 2011, --and the Iraq war and the Afghanistan surge ended --- the military has been busy shifting resources and personnel to old bases ...

Hagel Leading U.S. Talks with Egypt’s Military

July 11, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has become the White House’s lead communicator with Egypt’s military leadership, according to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled). Hagel met Egypt’s military chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, over lunch two months ago and has kept in close contact throughout the political turmoil in Cairo following the ...

Retiring Military Dogs Helped Locate Explosives, Deter Terrorist Attacks

July 5, 2013 Four retiring military dogs were recently honored for their distinguished careers overseas. At a late-June event at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla., the dogs’ handlers ceremoniously “passed the leash” to the canines’ new retirement caretakers, according to Stars and Stripes. The dogs primarily served to track and ...

Getting to the Point

July 1, 2013 Would your mom understand? It’s one of the tips Energy Information Administration senior editor Colleen Blessing tells her colleagues to keep in mind when they write official agency documents. She emphasizes that clarity is a virtue, especially for federal agencies looking to maximize the reach of their publications. Blessing has ...

Around Government

July 1, 2013 Debating the Draft One lawmaker says women should sign up, while others say shut it down. The decades-old military draft system could be in line for a face-lift if some in Congress have their way. Lawmakers are making moves to reform the Selective Service, the agency in charge of registering ...

Marines Could Cut 8,000 Troops If Sequestration Sticks Around

June 26, 2013 Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos said Wednesday that continued budget cuts from sequestration could mean the loss of 8,000 troops from the service. Defense Department managers know more precisely where the cuts would come, but Amos declined to provide specifics to reporters at the Defense Writers Group, The Hill ...

Snowden Petition Shows Many Paths to a White House Response

June 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow News of Edward Snowden’s U.S. indictment and flight from Hong Kong helped push the White House petition to pardon the admitted National Security Agency leaker over the 100,000 signatures needed for an official response this week. The petition on the White House’s We the People site had about 119,000 signatures ...

Army Announces Force Reductions, Future Civilian Cuts

June 25, 2013 The Army on Tuesday announced it is reducing its force and end strength with cuts that will also affect supporting civilian jobs in the coming years. The service plans to reduce end-strength by 80,000 soldiers, with the goal of having 490,000 troops by fiscal 2017, Army Chief of Staff Gen. ...