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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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Fort Hood Shooter: Why Did He Do It?

April 3, 2014 This story has been updated. Army Spec. Ivan Lopez did the unthinkable when he shot three fellow soldiers, wounded 16 others and then turned the gun on himself during a terrifying shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday afternoon. The 34-year-old husband and father took with him his darkest secrets when ...

The U.S. Military’s Most Crucial Mission Yet in Afghanistan

April 2, 2014 It’s the end of an era for Afghanistan. After 12 years under rule by President Hamid Karzai, the war-weary nation heads to the polls this weekend to choose its second democratically elected leader, paving the way for Afghanistan’s post-war future. The vote also marks the end of an era for ...

Pentagon: No Evidence Russian Forces on Ukraine Border Are Conducting Exercises

March 27, 2014 As many as 100,000 Russian troops have been sent to Ukraine’s border supposedly to conduct military exercises – but Pentagon officials say there hasn’t been any proof of that and worry that a full invasion is near. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters on Thursday that the Russians ...

Can the U.S. Military Really ‘Pivot’ to Asia?

March 25, 2014 Military commanders in the Pacific have quite a wish 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 ...

Military Sexual Assault Reform Fails on Chain of Command Issue

March 6, 2014 The vote over how to reform military sexual assault cases came down to the most contentious part of the debate: whether to remove the chain of command from prosecutions. In the end, the Senate voted down New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bill by vote of 55-45 and overwhelmingly passed Missouri ...

Pentagon Wants to Keep Controversial War Budget Beyond Afghanistan

March 5, 2014 The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has shrunk to about 37,000 as the war there comes to an official close by the end of the year. President Barack Obama is planning to leave a force of about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan – or none at all – depending on ...

This Is Obama’s $26B ‘Wish List’ for the Pentagon

March 4, 2014 In President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget there’s an extra $58 billion created by a special fund that would come from a mix of spending and tax reforms. Of that, $26.4 billion would go to the Pentagon to offset cuts to readiness and modernization from sequestration. Called the “Opportunity, ...

Obama Requests ‘Smaller’ $500 Billion Defense Budget

March 4, 2014 President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2015 budget on Tuesday, calling for $495.6 billion for the nation’s military -- just $4 billion less than fiscal 2014 enacted levels, and still below the $496 billion cap set by Congress under the Bipartisan Budget Act. Obama’s budget cuts the size of ...

Pentagon Suspends U.S.-Russian Military Exercises

March 3, 2014 The United States has suspended all military exercises with Russia in response to the invasion of the eastern region of Crimea as the standoff in Ukraine continues to escalate. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby released a statement to reporters late Monday detailing the suspension of military exercises, bilateral meetings, ...

Heading Off Russian Invasion, Kerry to Visit Ukraine on Tuesday

March 2, 2014 Calling Russia’s actions in Ukraine ‘19th century behavior in the 21st century,” Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Kiev on Tuesday to try to head off invading Russian forces and de-escalate the conflict. Kerry is scheduled to meet with Ukraine’s new government, members of parliament and civilian leaders ...