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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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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 ...

U.S. Warns Russia a Ukraine Intervention Would Be a ‘Grave Mistake’

February 28, 2014 President Barack Obama warned Russia not to intervene in the Ukraine, as United States leaders at the White House, Pentagon and State Department closely monitor reports from Crimea that, according to Agence France Press, as many as 2,000 Russian-backed troops have entered the eastern region. "There will be costs for ...

Karzai Blasts Dempsey Over ‘Zero Option’ Remarks

February 27, 2014 During a trip to Afghanistan this week, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said President Hamid Karzai’s decision not to sign a post-2014 troop deal – and President Barack Obama’s subsequent decision to begin planning a full withdrawal – is emboldening the enemy and making it more likely that skeptical ...

Here’s What the Pentagon Will Cut If Sequestration Happens Again in 2016

February 26, 2014 When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the president’s Pentagon budget request for next year, he also rolled the dice with a move that tries to turn the tables on Congress by using lawmakers’ threat of another sequestration as a bargaining chip. The Obama administration, Hagel said, could avoid cutting deep ...