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Stephanie Gaskell

Managing Editor Government Executive--Atlantic Media Stephanie Gaskell is managing editor of 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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Karzai: No U.S. Troop Deal Before April Elections

November 21, 2013 Afghan President Hamid Karzai reached a deal with the United States to keep troops past the 2014 withdrawal. Now he doesn’t want to ratify it until a successor is picked to replace him in April’s election. Just a day after announcing that the two nations had negotiated a bilateral security...

What Keeps DIA Director Flynn Up at Night

November 21, 2013 With cyber threats, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorist groups spreading to more parts of the world, there’s plenty of things that worry Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. But what keeps him up at night is that terrorists find a way...

Have U.S. Troops Overstayed Their Welcome in Afghanistan?

November 18, 2013 Back in 2005, when the world was barely paying attention to the war in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai complained that U.S. and NATO troops were knocking on doors and entering the homes of Afghans as they pleased. “No coalition forces should go to Afghan homes without the authorization of the...

Chinese Military Mimics U.S., Looks to Disaster Relief to Change Perceptions

November 18, 2013 As Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on Nov. 2, about 60 soldiers from the Chinese military were in Hawaii taking part in a joint military exercise with the United States and several other nations to better coordinate relief efforts in the event of a typhoon in the region. The...

America’s Longest War

November 15, 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. But that doesn’t mean the fighting is over. U.S. forces first entered Afghanistan to find and capture Osama bin...

Hagel Defends Kerry’s Engagement with Iran

November 14, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said “engagement doesn’t mean negotiation” when it comes to talking to Iran -- and defended Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts. Hagel, speaking at the Defense One Summit in Washington, said it’s wise to try to find common ground with adversaries. “That’s where you’ve always got...

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...

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