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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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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...

Why Is Shinseki Refusing More Authority To Fire VA Employees?

May 20, 2014 Firing a government employee isn’t always easy. Firing Veterans Affairs executives amid a scandal-ridden agency record of incompetency might get a little easier, though. While there’s a growing chorus that says the buck stops with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in this latest scandal over hospital wait times, there’s also a...

Shinseki Won’t Resign, Vows To Stop VA’s ‘Secret Wait Lists’

May 15, 2014 Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, the quiet former four-star Army general and Vietnam veteran, took his place at a Senate hearing table to answer complaints about the VA system, as he has done many times since taking office in 2009. This time, appearing more passionate than ever and facing cries...

The Pivot To Asia Hits Rough Waters

May 9, 2014 Military commanders in the Pacific have a long list of things they need to carry out the Pentagon’s much-publicized pivot to the Asia-Pacific region. More follow-on forces, more submarines, more amphibious ships. Budget constraints are clearly affecting President Obama’s plan to beef up the military’s presence in Asia, and just...

Shinseki Under Fire Over Claims VA Kept Secret Waiting List

May 8, 2014 This story has been updated with comment from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Pressure is mounting on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, and now President Barack Obama, to do more to get to the bottom of allegations that several VA clinics kept secret waiting lists to cover up the backlog...

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