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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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Obama to Iraq: ‘We Can’t Do This for You’

June 13, 2014 President Barack Obama said Friday he is considering military intervention in Iraq, but had a clear message for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki: “We can’t do this for you.” Obama said he will not put U.S. boots on the ground again in Iraq. The Pentagon is moving the USS George H.W. ...

Gen. Allen: Obama Should Strike Iraq Insurgents With ‘A Hard Blow’

June 12, 2014 President Barack Obama needs to take military action in Iraq, before things get worse in the region, said one of the top former United States military commanders of the war. “I vote for sooner and we must strike them with a hard blow,” said Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, ...

Pentagon Officials Cautious on Iraq, Point to Maliki

June 12, 2014 At a Pentagon briefing on Thursday, reporters peppered a top defense spokesman with question after question about Iraq. “Will there be airstrikes?” “Will you speed up the delivery of Apache helicopters?” “Does the United States have legal authority to conduct military operations in Iraq?” And with each question, Army Col. ...

Where Will CENTCOM’s Post-War Funding Come From?

June 10, 2014 U.S. Central Command is responsible for some of the most volatile places in the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, Yemen and Egypt, so not surprisingly its budget has increased greatly since 2001. Most of the command’s funding has come from the Pentagon’s Overseas Contingency Operations budget, a separate ...

Taliban Tells Bergdahl ‘Don’t Come Back to Afghanistan’

June 4, 2014 While Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl recovers at a military hospital in Germany after being held captive by the Taliban for 5 years, new video emerged Wednesday showing the dramatic moment he was released to U.S. special forces. The 17-minute video, released by the Afghan Taliban, shows Bergdahl clean-shaven and dressed ...

Why No One Is Calling Sgt. Bergdahl a Hero

June 2, 2014 When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is recovering at a U.S. military hospital in Germany, finally arrives back in the United States, he shouldn’t expect a hero’s welcome. His family in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho, who have prayed for his safe return for the past 5 years, will embrace ...

Shinseki Resigns

May 30, 2014 Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, who has led the embattled veterans agency since 2009, resigned Friday over widespread and systemic cover-ups of waiting times at VA hospitals. The four-star general, who clashed with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over troop levels in Iraq and lost, offered his resignation to President Barack ...

Obama’s Foreign Policy Balancing Act

May 28, 2014 President Barack Obama’s foreign policy speech to graduates at West Point on Wednesday reflects the divided nation he leads. It is both cautious about retreating from grand ambitions after more than a decade of war and mindful of not looking weak to the rest of the world. The president walked ...

Obama Wants All U.S. Troops Out of Afghanistan by 2017

May 27, 2014 This story has been updated throughout. America’s longest war just got a little longer. President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he wants to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan to continue fighting past the planned 2014 end of combat operations – and those troops would all leave by the end ...

Fixing the VA Is (Finally) Obama’s Problem

May 21, 2014 In 2008, Sen. Barack Obama vowed to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected president. But over the past 5 years, problem after problem has emerged: a massive case backlog, delayed GI Bill payments, a stalled electronic records system, and now allegations that federal employees have been lying about ...