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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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...

In Mexico, Hagel Focuses on Crime, Cyber and Natural Disasters

April 24, 2014 There’s the pivot to Asia, the growing threat of terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, the continuing conflict in Ukraine, serious budget cuts at home. And then there’s Canada and Mexico. Amid all the global issues competing for his attention, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his North American...

Air Force Chief Explains Why He’s Retiring the A-10s

April 23, 2014 When Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and his staff crunched the numbers to find the best way to cut their budget under congressionally mandated sequestration, they looked at the Air Force’s five main missions and worked their way from there. The former A-10 pilot explained what went...

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...

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