Rachel Oswald

Rachel Oswald Rachel Oswald is a reporter for Global Security Newswire, where she covers a wide range of defense issues, including North Korea and missile defense. Prior to joining GSN in 2009, Rachel covered Georgia politics and local government for more than two years at The Covington News, where she won four Georgia Press Association awards for investigative journalism and business reporting. In 2013, she traveled to Kazakhstan as an International Reporting Project fellow where she reported on nonproliferation issues. She is a graduate of the George Washington University, where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies.
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Federal Grants Bring New Cash to Local Emergency-Response Efforts

July 2, 2014 State and local efforts to improve public-health responses to a potential unconventional attack on U.S. soil are getting another infusion of federal funding. The Health and Human Services Department announced on Tuesday that it was awarding more than $840 million in fiscal 2014 grants to state and community public-health programs...

Audit Questions Savings in Pentagon Plan to Cut Strategic Command, Other Senior Staff

June 30, 2014 A Pentagon plan to cut costs by reducing senior staff at Strategic Command and other military headquarters may not produce significant savings, an audit says. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last year ordered across-the-board reductions of 20 percent of the budget of all military command headquarters. Congress directed its Government Accountability...

The Pentagon Wants To Buy 14 More Ground-Based Inceptor Missiles

June 23, 2014 The United States on Sunday intercepted a target ballistic missile, ending a long losing streak of failed tests of its homeland antimissile system. The test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system took place Sunday over the Pacific and involved a strategic Ground Based Interceptor fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base,...

Does North Korea Actually Have a Cruise Missile?

June 19, 2014 A nonproliferation expert argues in a new report that North Korea has developed a new cruise missile based on a Russian model. In a Monday analysis for 38 North, Jeffrey Lewis drew attention to a North Korean propaganda video posted online. For a brief second during the 50-minute recording, which...

Independent Experts Can Now Get Sharper Satellite Images of North Korea, Iran

June 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Independent nonproliferation experts can now get images offering much greater detail about Iran's and North Korea's above-ground nuclear facilities. Last week, the satellite company DigitalGlobe announced the U.S. Commerce Department had approved a long-standing license request to sell its highest-available resolution photographs to commercial clients. Previously, the U.S. government had...

Congress Says Pentagon's Long-Range Bombers Are 'Increasingly Irrelevant'

June 9, 2014 A new congressional report highlights the potential for a shortfall to emerge in the Air Force's ability to mount long-range nuclear bomber attacks. A Congressional Research Service report published online on Saturday highlights a number of factors that could result in a gap in the country's ability to conduct long-range...

Number of Islamic Extremists Groups Up 60 Percent Since 2010

June 4, 2014 A new expert study argues that the "growing" threat of foreign extremist groups requires a continued U.S. focus on the Middle East and North Africa. The RAND Corp. report, released on Wednesday, urges Washington to maintain its foreign counterterrorism focus in spite of numerous other security challenges that are clamoring...

Pentagon Funds Development of New Tech for Detecting 'Dirty Bombs'

June 3, 2014 With its supply of helium running out, the Pentagon is funding research into alternative methods for detecting the presence of possible "dirty bombs." Helium 3 gas is employed in most of the nuclear-detection systems in use today. The rare substance is currently produced as a byproduct of the radioactive decay...

Air Force Wants to Boost Global Strike Command's Clout

May 30, 2014 The Air Force wants to raise the clout of its strike command as part of its response to a series of ethics lapses in the nuclear sector. The civilian and military leaders of the service have recommended to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that the position of head of Global Strike...

Expert: Curbing Tech Transfers Isn't Stopping Nuclear Proliferation

May 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new academic paper contends that the international community's focus on "supply-side" technology constraints to stop nuclear proliferation is failing. In a paper published on Tuesday in International Security, R. Scott Kemp argues that policymakers are overly reliant on limiting international market access to certain sensitive technologies and substances that...

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