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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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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 ...

Meet the New Guard at the Pentagon

February 26, 2014 This story has been updated. Signaling a changing of the guard at the Pentagon, several of President Barack Obama’s top Pentagon nominees sat for one collective Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday morning, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel settles into his second year on the job. Leading the ...

Obama to Karzai: We’re Making Plans to Leave Afghanistan

February 25, 2014 President Barack Obama made a rare phone call to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday morning and warned the outgoing leader: Sign the post-2014 troop deal or we’re leaving. “President Obama told President Karzai that because he has demonstrated that it is unlikely that he will sign the BSA, the ...

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. ...