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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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U.S. To Send 900 Troops To Middle East To Counter Iran

5:00 PM ET The Trump administration is sending about 900 additional troops to the Middle East in what senior defense officials insisted Friday is a “narrowly-focused defensive posture” intended to protect U.S. troops from Iran without provoking a wider conflict. “We think that through a combination of a very measured deployment of assets...

US To Send 900 Troops To Middle East To Counter Iran

3:25 PM ET The Trump administration is sending about 900 additional troops to the Middle East in what senior defense officials insisted Friday is a “narrowly-focused defensive posture” intended to protect U.S. troops from Iran without provoking a wider conflict. “We think that through a combination of a very measured deployment of assets...

Senate Panel Votes to Let Gitmo Prisoners Into U.S. for Medical Treatment

May 23, 2019 Lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee for five years have sought to include a small provision in an annual defense authorization bill that would allow Guantanamo Bay detainees to be transferred to the United States for emergency medical care. Now, for the first time, it might happen. The panel...

Senate Panel Votes to Let Gitmo Prisoners Into US for Medical Treatment

May 23, 2019 Lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee for five years have sought to include a small provision in an annual defense authorization bill that would allow Guantanamo Bay detainees to be transferred to the United States for emergency medical care. Now, for the first time, it might happen. The panel...

U.S. Probes Suspected Chlorine Attack

May 22, 2019 A suspected chlorine attack on Sunday by the Syrian government in northwest Syria is under investigation by the United States, State Department officials say. Syrian Special Envoy Jim Jeffrey told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday that the United States so far could not confirm the specific chemical agent...

US Probes Suspected Chlorine Attack

May 22, 2019 A suspected chlorine attack on Sunday by the Syrian government in northwest Syria is under investigation by the United States, State Department officials say. Syrian Special Envoy Jim Jeffrey told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday that the United States so far could not confirm the specific chemical agent...

Iran Briefings Leave Congress Divided Over Trump’s Intentions, War Powers

May 21, 2019 Members of Congress emerged from two closed-door briefings on Tuesday to say that senior Trump officials provided little clarity about whether the administration believes it has the authority to go to war with Iran without additional legislative approval. Democratic lawmakers have been warning that Iran hawks in the Trump administration...

A Bewildering Briefing on the Iranian Threat Leaves More Questions Than Answers

May 14, 2019 This report has been updated to include a statement from U.S. Central Command. “There’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” U.K. Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika said Tuesday in a rare on-the-record press briefing streamed from the Baghdad headquarters of the anti-ISIS coalition. “I’m not going...

What’s Great Power Competition? No One Really Knows

May 13, 2019 More than a year since the new National Defense Strategy refocused the U.S. military away from counterinsurgency and back towards the country’s greatest strategic competitors, some policy and strategy experts say the Pentagon hasn’t yet figured out how to “compete” with Russia and China. In fact, it hasn’t even settled...

Trump Taps Shanahan To Lead DOD, Ending Months of Speculation

May 10, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Trump will nominate Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive and the No. 2 civilian official at the Pentagon, as his defense secretary, the White House announced Thursday. “Based upon his outstanding service to the Country and his demonstrated ability to lead, President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan...