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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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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 ...

Kerry Makes the Case for Military Action in Syria

August 26, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry gave an emotional statement on Syria on Monday, telling the world that a response to the “undeniable” use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime is imminent. He didn’t elaborate on what that response might be, but he made it clear that Syrian President Bashar ...

Whatever Comes Next, Syria Is Forcing a New U.S. Strategy for the Middle East

August 25, 2013 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Somehow, despite their best efforts to stay out of Syria, President Obama’s new team of national security leaders, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry, have found themselves on the precipice of yet another war. Just a few months since taking office, the ...

Obama: U.S. Influence in Syria is ‘Overstated’

August 23, 2013 Clearly concerned about the U.S. legacy in Iraq, the ongoing war in Afghanistan and Americans’ reluctance to get drawn into another bloody mess in the Mideast, President Obama said Friday he is very cautious about taking action in Syria and Egypt. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Obama also questioned ...

How Badly Did Manning Hurt the United States?

August 22, 2013 Before being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bradley Manning told a military judge he was “sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that it hurt the United States.” The 750,000 leaked documents revealed all kinds of secret ...

Just 75 Al Qaeda, Room for the Taliban and Organized Crime. Is This How It Ends in Afghanistan?

August 19, 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 they hope not to repeat in Afghanistan, and one of those is that success looks ...

The Pentagon Has Lost Its Leverage with Egypt. Now What?

August 15, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been on the phone with his Egyptian counterpart, Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sissi, almost every day since the July 3 military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. And every day he has urged the Egyptian defense minister to find a peaceful resolution to the political turmoil. He’s ...

With Summit’s Collapse, Now Russia is Kerry and Hagel’s Problem

August 9, 2013 With President Obama in a standoff with Russian President Vladimir Putin over granting asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with their Russian counterparts in Washington Friday to try to repair the fragile alliance and work towards an end to ...

Gen. Amos on Reinventing the Marines, Owning Sequester and Why COIN Is More Relevant Than Ever

August 7, 2013 Having fought in the streets of Fallujah and the fields in Sangin in the past decade, the Marine Corps is adapting to the new landscape of warfare -- and the counter-insurgency training used in Iraq and Afghanistan is still very much a part of it, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James ...