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Stephanie Gaskell

Deputy Editor/Senior Reporter Government Executive--Atlantic Media Stephanie Gaskell is deputy editor and senior reporter for Defense One. She previously covered the Pentagon for Politico. Gaskell has covered war, politics and breaking news for nearly 20 years, including at the Associated Press, the New York Post and the New York Daily News. She has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo and the World Trade Center site after 9/11. She has also launched and edited two blogs, War Zone and The War Report.
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Sequestration Cuts Deeper Into ‘Full-Spectrum’ Training for Troops

November 8, 2013 Sequestration cuts now have hit “full-spectrum” training, or the ability to conduct offensive, defensive and civilian support operations simultaneously, according to several members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Troops heading to Afghanistan no longer undergo full-spectrum training because their mission is different now, having shifted from full-out combat to ...

Boring! Brass Worried Less War and Training Lulling Force

November 7, 2013 There’s an old saying that war is 99 percent boredom and 1 percent sheer terror. Now that the war in Iraq is over, operations in Afghanistan are winding down and budget cuts are curtailing training missions, several Joint Chiefs told Congress on Monday they’re worried that their troops are “bored.” ...

How Obama Can Help Iraq

November 1, 2013 This story has been updated. Nearly two years after Iraq ejected U.S. troops, and with an escalating civil war nearly as deadly as 2006, Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki has come to Washington to ask President Obama to intervene in a war he never wanted in the first place. The two ...

Will Corruption Force U.S. Troops to Abandon Afghanistan?

October 29, 2013 One of the more popular guessing games in Washington these days is how many U.S. and NATO troops will stay in Afghanistan past the planned 2014 withdrawal to protect the war’s gains. But now there’s growing concern that there won’t be enough of a foreign presence to protect billions of ...

Senate Intel Committee Orders 'Major Review' of U.S. Spying Practices

October 28, 2013 The Senate Intelligence Committee will conduct a “major review” of all intelligence gathering programs after it’s revealed that the National Security Agency has been spying on U.S. allies. “It is abundantly clear that a total review of all intelligence programs is necessary so that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee ...

Obama Signs Bill to Reinstate Troop Death Benefits During the Shutdown

October 10, 2013 President Obama signed a bill to allow the families of United States troops killed during the shutdown to receive death benefits. The relief for those families comes one day after the Fisher House Foundation had agreed to foot the bill until the government shutdown ends, and more than a week ...

House Republicans Accuse the Pentagon of Shutdown ‘Politics’

October 10, 2013 In a contentious hearing with the Pentagon’s usually affable budget chief, members of Congress accused the Obama administration and Comptroller Bob Hale of purposefully withholding death benefit payments to military families so the administration could score political points in the government shutdown fight over federal spending and Obamacare. The attack ...

Fisher House Rescues DoD on Death Benefits During Shutdown

October 9, 2013 This story has been updated. The Fisher House Foundation, an organization long- known for caring for wounded troops and their families, will pay death gratuity benefits for the families of servicemembers killed during the government shutdown – and the Pentagon will back them pay once it’s over. Defense Secretary Chuck ...

Obama Expects Troop Death Benefits Fix ‘Today’

October 9, 2013 The public outrage over death benefits paid to the families of fallen troops being halted during the government shutdown finally reached the White House. “President Obama expects this to be fixed today,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said during a press briefing on Wednesday. The families of servicemembers killed while ...

House Scrambles to Reinstate Troop Death Benefits During Shutdown

October 8, 2013 This story has been updated. The House Appropriations Committee is drafting legislation that would allow the government to immediately pay “death gratuity” benefits to families of any troops killed in action during the shutdown. The bill could be introduced as early as Tuesday, committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing told Defense One. ...