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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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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 ...

Hagel Wants Finance Ministers To Attend NATO Meeting on Defense Spending

May 2, 2014 As Russian aggression over Ukraine heats up, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is once again calling on NATO members to step up their defense spending. The message is certainly not new, but Hagel has a new idea to help nudge NATO allies to contribute more to regional security. He wants to ...

Pentagon Says Reporting Is Up, But Sexual Assaults Are Not

May 1, 2014 There was a 50 percent increase in the number of reported sexual assaults in the military last year, according to a new report, but Pentagon officials say there hasn’t been a spike in the actual number of assaults. “We believe victims are growing more confident in our system,” Defense Secretary ...

Afghanistan Needs More Than U.S. Troops to Survive

April 30, 2014 While the United States waits patiently for the new Afghan president to sign a post-2014 troop deal, a new report shows that the war-torn nation is going to need much more than a few thousand U.S. and NATO forces to stand on its own. The U.S. Special Inspector for Afghan ...