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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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Why Did He Do It? Navy Yard Gunman Was Military Contractor, Former Sailor

September 16, 2013 This story has been updated. The suspect in the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 12 people on Monday morning has been identified as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old former Navy petty officer from New York City. Alexis, who lived in Fort Worth, Texas, and worked as a military ...

The Obama Doctrine

September 11, 2013 On the eve of the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, yet again another president was addressing the nation in prime time about a serious conflict that could draw the United States into yet another war. This time, President Obama took to the podium from the East Wing of ...

HASC Takes on Syria – But Does Anyone Care?

September 10, 2013 One by one, members of the House Armed Forces Committee asked question after question about a possible strike on Syria for using chemical weapons against its people. As Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey sat before Congress once again to ...

GAO Report Slams Navy’s New Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers

September 6, 2013 The USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, won’t be ready for its planned 2016 commissioning due to poor testing, construction delays and cost overruns, a Government Accountability Office review warned Friday. The ship’s “technical, design, and construction challenges” of the CVN78, the first of three new nuclear-powered ...

‘War’ By Any Other Name Is the Plan

September 5, 2013 “We are not asking America to go to war,” Secretary of State John Kerry said during his testimony on Capitol Hill this week about the Obama administration’s desire to launch a military attack against Syria. “I don’t believe that we’re going to war. I just don’t believe that,” he said. ...

Does Assad Win No Matter What the U.S. Does in Syria?

September 3, 2013 It’s a catch-22 no president wants to be caught up in. If President Obama doesn’t launch a limited military strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its people, President Bashar al-Assad will be able to claim victory over the United States. If he does order a strike against Assad, ...

How the 'War on Terror' Changed the Way We Go to War

August 31, 2013 It’s been a long time since the United States declared war against another nation and fought army against army on a conventional battlefield. Even the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which initially focused on taking out Saddam Hussein’s army, quickly morphed into irregular warfare with U.S. and NATO troops fighting rogue ...

Obama: Strike Against Syria Would Be a 'Shot Across the Bow'

August 28, 2013 President Obama said there needs to be “international consequences” for using chemical weapons but stressed he has “no interest in an open-ended conflict” in Syria. Speaking to PBS Newshour on Wednesday evening, Obama said he still has not made a decision on whether to launch a military strike against the ...

Not Yet! U.S. Still Determining Syria Attack Objectives

August 28, 2013 One week since Syria is believed to have used chemical weapons against its civilian population, killing hundreds of women and children, Obama administration officials say they are still at the point of determining what the U.S. hopes to achieve with a punitive military strike before proceeding with any action. As ...

Pentagon’s Syria Response Reveals Limits of Prized Cyber, Drone Arsenal

August 28, 2013 The United States has an arsenal of advanced warfare capabilities at its disposal that can mitigate the risks and provide a decisive edge against any attack on Syria. Stealth drones high in the sky can fly over key areas collecting intelligence and pinpointing targets. Cyber warriors far from the battlefield ...