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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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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. ...

Hagel Names Special Envoy to Close Guantanamo

October 8, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has picked Paul Lewis, a former House Armed Services Committee lawyer, as special envoy for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The appointment comes nearly four months after President Obama vowed to assign a special envoy to help close the prison, calling it “a ...

America’s Longest War

October 7, 2013 After 12 years of fighting in the mountains on the Pakistan border and the fields of Helmand province, the United States is planning to withdraw from Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war. U.S. forces first entered Afghanistan to find and capture Osama bin Laden on Oct. 7, 2001, just weeks after ...

Hagel Orders Most Furloughed Civilian Employees Back to Work

October 5, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday that most of the 400,000 civilian defense workers who were furloughed due to the government shutdown can go back to work, ending a work stoppage that the Pentagon's top budget official criticized as "a colossal waste of time." “I am now directing the military ...

Could a Brief, Hastily Written Law Put More DoD Workers Back on the Job?

October 4, 2013 Late Monday night, just hours before the deadline to pass a spending bill and avert a government shutdown, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Pay Our Military Act to make sure the nation’s troops would get paid. The bill also ordered exempt civilian employees – those deemed essential to ...

Pentagon Waits Out Shutdown While Sequestration Looms

October 2, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is traveling in Asia, far from the dysfunction of Washington where Congress has once again hijacked his ability to plan his budget. First there was sequestration, now there’s a government shutdown and, in a matter of months, another fight over sequestration and this year’s budget. “The ...

Dempsey: Syria Is a ‘Long-Term Issue’

October 1, 2013 The civil war in Syria has been raging for two years now, and with the United States backing off a threat to strike the Assad regime over the use of chemical weapons after a United Nations deal was reached to secure the stockpile, it could be years – decades, even ...