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Katie Bo Williams

Senior National Security Correspondent Katie Bo Williams is the senior national security correspondent for Defense One, where she writes about defense, counterterror, NATO, nukes, and more. She previously covered intelligence and cybersecurity for The Hill, including in-depth reporting on the Russia investigations and military detention issues. Prior to her journalism career, Katie Bo worked in thoroughbred horse racing, helping breed, sell, and prepare the next generation of Kentucky Derby winners. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia. A native of Goochland County, Virginia, she now lives in D.C. and can usually be found haunting one of the various bookstores on Capitol Hill.
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Confusion Reigns as Pentagon Begins Pulling Equipment Out of Syria

January 14, 2019 The U.S. military is moving ahead on President Trump’s order to withdraw troops from Syria, but basic details of the plan remains murky as National Security Advisor John Bolton continues rocky negotiations with Turkey over the fate of America’s fighting partners on the ground. No troops have left yet, the...

Confusion Reigns as Pentagon Begins Pulling Equipment Out of Syria

January 11, 2019 The U.S. military is moving ahead on President Trump’s order to withdraw troops from Syria, but basic details of the plan remain murky as National Security Advisor John Bolton continues rocky negotiations with Turkey over the fate of America’s fighting partners on the ground. No troops have left yet, the...

Can Pat Shanahan Serve as ‘Acting’ Defense Secretary Forever?

January 7, 2019 “Indefinitely” is how long the Trump administration contends that Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan can fill the role of his departed boss, Jim Mattis. President Trump has said he is in “no hurry” to replace Shanahan and his numerous fellow acting cabinet secretaries, telling reporters Sunday that “I sort of...

Can Pat Shanahan Serve as ‘Acting’ Defense Secretary Forever?

January 7, 2019 “Indefinitely” is how long the Trump administration contends that Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan can fill the role of his departed boss, Jim Mattis. President Trump has said he is in “no hurry” to replace Shanahan and his numerous fellow acting cabinet secretaries, telling reporters Sunday that “I sort of...

Trump Kicks Mattis Out Early, Names Shanahan Acting Defense Secretary

December 23, 2018 Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will replace outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Jan. 1, President Trump tweeted on Sunday, ending Mattis’s tenure two months prior to his planned resignation date. “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the...

Trump Kicks Mattis Out Early, Names Shanahan Acting Defense Secretary

December 23, 2018 Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will replace outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Jan. 1, President Trump tweeted on Sunday, ending Mattis’s tenure two months prior to his planned resignation date. “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the...

Mattis Resigns Over Disagreements with Trump

December 20, 2018 Defense Secretary James Mattis will step down at the end of February, he announced in a two-page resignation letter that cited his differences with President Donald Trump. “My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held,” Mattis wrote...

Mattis Resigns Over Disagreements with Trump

December 20, 2018 Defense Secretary James Mattis will step down at the end of February, he announced in a two-page resignation letter that cited his differences with President Donald Trump. “My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held,” Mattis wrote...

Trump’s Abrupt Syria Reversal Confounds His Own Administration, GOP Allies

December 20, 2018 The White House abruptly announced on Wednesday that the United States will begin withdrawing the 2,000 troops in Syria fighting ISIS, contradicting senior administration officials in charge of regional policy and leaving the details of the drawdown murky. It was a swift and apparently unilateral reversal of U.S. policy that...

Trump’s Abrupt Syria Reversal Confounds His Own Administration, GOP Allies

December 19, 2018 The White House abruptly announced on Wednesday that the United States will begin withdrawing the 2,000 troops in Syria fighting ISIS, contradicting senior administration officials in charge of regional policy and leaving the details of the drawdown murky. It was a swift and apparently unilateral reversal of U.S. policy that...