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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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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...

Is This How It Ends in Afghanistan?

October 1, 2013 During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, then-Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, who was commanding the 101st Airborne Division, famously said: “Tell me how this ends.” The U.S. military learned some hard lessons in Iraq that it hopes not to repeat in Afghanistan, and one of those is that success looks...

Here’s How a Shutdown Would Affect the Pentagon

September 27, 2013 If Congress fails to reach agreement on a short-term funding measure keeping government open, uniformed military service members will continue to work -- but they won’t get paid until Congress appropriates the funds. Some civilian workers will stay on the job, but they, too, won’t see a paycheck until after...

Pentagon Prepares for More Furloughs as Government Shutdown Looms

September 27, 2013 It’s becoming an all too familiar scene for Defense Department workers: due to budget uncertainty in Washington, civilian personnel might be furloughed. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sent out a new memo on Friday, warning civilian employees they might face more furloughs and preparing uniformed workers to brace for paycheck...

Afghanistan Wants Post-2014 Troops to Battle the Taliban, not al Qaeda

September 27, 2013 U.S. troops went to Afghanistan to battle al Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden in retaliation for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Now, 12 years later, will they stay to battle the Taliban? During his speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, President Obama said the core of...

Did the Taliban Get the U.S. To Revoke an Afghan Interpreter’s Visa?

September 24, 2013 U.S. Army veteran Matt Zeller was finally looking forward to seeing his former Afghan interpreter after cutting through years of bureaucratic red tape to get him a visa to bring his wife and kids to the United States, where they would be safe from continual Taliban death threats. But Zeller...

Obama’s 5 Rules for the Middle East

September 24, 2013 President Obama used his speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to spell out the five tenets of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa. Obama did not detail the full Middle East strategy that his critics have demanded more than two years into the...

Pentagon Prepares for Government Shutdown

September 23, 2013 “As many of you are aware, annual funding for the government expires on Sept. 30, 2013,” begins the letter sent to Defense Department employees Monday by Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. It’s a familiar sign of congressional gridlock, after sequestration went into effect earlier this year under the Budget Control...

Will Obama and Rouhani Meet Face-to-Face at the United Nations?

September 23, 2013 The big question for this week’s meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York is whether President Obama will finally meet with newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, as a symbol of the new openness for diplomacy between the two nations. It’s a familiar ritual that’s played out...

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