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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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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 ...

Dempsey: Securing Syria’s Chemical Weapons Is ‘Feasible’

September 18, 2013 Part of the deal that avoided a U.S.-led military strike against the Assad regime for the use of chemical weapons was an agreement to secure or destroy Syria’s stockpile – something that many say will be nearly impossible to do in the midst of a civil war. But on Wednesday, ...

Exclusive Interview: Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale Braces for Sequestration, Round 2

September 16, 2013 The way Bob Hale sees it, there are three scenarios on the horizon as the fiscal year comes to an end and another round of sequestration looms. The Pentagon comptroller hasn’t lost hope for the best-case scenario -- a grand bargain in Congress that would reduce the deficit and undo ...

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, ...