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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New Report Says Russia, U.S. Must Do More to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism

October 2, 2013 Former top Russian and U.S. officials contend in a new report their countries should do more to counter feared nuclear-terrorism attacks by being willing to share sensitive technical data and to help other nations improve their fissile-material-protection standards. The “Steps to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism” document -- released Wednesday and jointly...

Lawmakers Urge the U.N. to Punish Cuba For North Korea Arms Deal

September 27, 2013 U.S. lawmakers on Thursday called for Cuba to be punished for its illegal weapons dealings with North Korea, arguing the international-sanctions regime would be undermined if the U.N. Security Council does not penalize Havana. The world learned of Cuba and North Korea’s secret arms commerce in July, when Panamanian authorities...

The U.S. Should Cut Its Nuclear Arsenal Before Sequester Does

September 25, 2013 WASHINGTON -- A think-tank warned on Tuesday that if the Pentagon does not make moderate reductions to its nuclear-weapons programs and related missions, it could be forced to accept undesired changes to its atomic assets because of “sequestration” budget cuts. The Stimson Center’s Defense Advisory Committee updated its proposal for...

Q&A: Author Says Pentagon Underreported Nuclear-Weapon Accidents

September 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government’s desire to maintain tight secrecy around the U.S. nuclear arsenal during the Cold War often left the very scientists and engineers charged with developing mechanisms for preventing atomic mishaps in the dark about hundreds of accidents and near-misses. That revelation came through extensive investigative reporting by Eric...

Pentagon Says Asian Spies Are Targeting Radiation-Hardened Electronics

July 26, 2013 The Pentagon has documented a sharp increase in military espionage from the Asia-Pacific region that focuses on specialized electronics designed to withstand radiation, such as that caused by nuclear warfare or accidents, according to an official review released last week. For a number of years, foreign entities from East Asia...

Obama Says GOP Playing 'Political Games' on Benghazi Attacks

May 13, 2013 President Obama on Monday accused Republicans in Congress of playing “political games” with their efforts to discredit his administration’s handling of the response to last September’s assault on the U.S. diplomatic station in Benghazi, Libya. There is growing support in the GOP-dominated House of Representatives for establishing a select committee...

Obama Chemical Weapons ‘Red Line’ for Syria Keeps Shifting, Ex-Official Says

April 26, 2013 President Obama’s “red line” for U.S. intervention in Syria is actually more of a fuzzy zone whose goalposts keep shifting, said the former top WMD hunter in Iraq. “It’s a term I particularly don’t like because unless you’re prepared [to carry through] you really do damage to your credibility and...

North Korea Situation Said to Require Careful Diplomacy

April 2, 2013 Dialing back escalating tensions with North Korea will require the United States and partner nations to pursue careful diplomacy and put a pause on using military assets to send the Kim regime a message, regional experts said on Tuesday. The latest round of provocations and saber rattling kicked off with...

First U.S. patriot battery goes live in Turkey

February 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NATO on Tuesday announced that the first of two Patriot antimissile units deployed by the United States is now live in Turkey, where it is participating in a broader alliance effort to safeguard the nation from feared missile strikes by neighboring Syria. U.S. Patriot batteries are deployed in Gaziantep in...

North Korea's nuclear test intentions are a puzzle

February 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While there are plenty of recent satellite imagesof North Korea’s nuclear testing grounds to pore over, extrapolating just exactly what the reclusive nation has planned for its next underground blast is a challenging task. Among the questions surrounding the anticipated trial are: when will it happen, exactly where, how many...

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