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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’s Post-War Budget Marks End of War Era

February 24, 2014 President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request reflects a major shift for the U.S. military after 13 long years of war. In a speech previewing the request, which is expected to be released next week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the military of the future will be smaller but, ...

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Is Ignoring Hagel’s Calls

February 20, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been calling his counterpart in Ukraine for days, but no one is answering the phone. The revelation from the Pentagon is the latest indicator that United States officials are now acutely concerned that Ukraine’s defense and security force leaders may crackdown on Kiev’s deadly protests. ...

Hagel Says Ethical Scandals Are a ‘Growing Problem’ in the Military

February 5, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is worried that after more than a decade of fighting two wars, the nation’s military is under a different kind of stress that’s leading to a loss of “moral character.” One scandal after another has popped up in the news. An Air Force general was fired ...

U.S. Reportedly Curbs Drone Strikes in Pakistan

February 5, 2014 January was the first month that no drone strikes were reported in Pakistan in the past two years. Now we may know why. The Obama administration has “sharply curtailed” its drone strikes there, after Pakistani government officials asked for restraint so they could continue peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, ...

Cheating Scandal Spreads to the Navy’s Nuclear Fleet

February 4, 2014 This story has been updated. A number of United States Navy sailors have been suspended and are under investigation for allegations that they cheated on qualifying exams to teach and train nuclear propulsion team members. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and one of his top admirals filed into ...

Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale to Step Down

January 31, 2014 After helping the military navigate through some of the toughest budget battles in history, Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale is stepping down. President Barack Obama said Friday that he is nominating Mike McCord, who is currently Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for the Comptroller’s office, to replace him. Obama tapped ...

Obama to Nominate Navy Admiral as NSA Director

January 30, 2014 President Barack Obama will nominate Navy Vice Adm. Michael Rogers as head of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, the Pentagon said Thursday. Rogers, who currently serves as commander of U.S. Cyber Fleet Command, was long rumored to be the president’s choice to replace Army Gen. ...

Do the Military’s Nuclear Operators Need More Incentives?

January 29, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel summoned top leaders at the Pentagon on Wednesday to talk about ways to get a handle on the growing spate of scandals within the military’s nuclear enterprise. One possible solution? To give out more incentives and accolades to nuclear force workers who many say feel bored ...

Obama: Afghan War Will End With or Without Troop Deal

January 28, 2014 President Barack Obama had a message for the American people during his State of the Union speech: the war in Afghanistan will be over at the end of the year. He also had a message for Afghan President Hamid Karzai: Sign the U.S. troop deal or we’re out of there. ...

Top General Wants 10,000 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan until 2017

January 27, 2014 The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan will go to the White House on Monday to recommend keeping 10,000 troops there until 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal. Gen. Joseph Dunford’s plan reportedly has the support of several key leaders, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry, ...