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Katie Bo Williams

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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McCain’s Likely SASC Successor Is No GOP Maverick

September 4, 2018 This week, the Senate Armed Services Committee will begin the process of voting in a replacement for John McCain, R-Ariz., the powerhouse figure who chaired the committee from 2015 until his death last month. His likely successor is Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a former ranking member of the panel who...

Downplaying Ghazni, Mattis Defends Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy

August 28, 2018 Two weeks after the Taliban bloodied Afghan security forces in a five-day battle for a key eastern city, Defense Secretary James Mattis insisted that President Trump’s strategy is drawing the insurgents to the negotiating table and, ultimately, will allow the U.S. to bring an end to the country’s longest war....

Trump’s Afghanistan War Plan Is Working Despite Recent Attacks, Outgoing Commander Says

August 23, 2018 Gen. John "Mick" Nicholson’s final press conference as the top U.S. general in Afghanistan sounded a lot like his first ones two years ago. The commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan defended the U.S. military’s basic reasons for being there. He proclaimed that the allied effort was...

Trump’s Afghanistan War Plan Is Working Despite Recent Attacks, Outgoing Commander Says

August 22, 2018 Gen. John "Mick" Nicholson’s final press conference as the top U.S. general in Afghanistan sounded a lot like his first ones two years ago. The commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan defended the U.S. military’s basic reasons for being there. He proclaimed that the allied effort was...

Trump's Unprecedented Retaliation Draws Unprecedented Rebukes

August 20, 2018 There isn’t any obvious precedent for a former CIA head to publicly call a sitting U.S. president “treasonous.” But John Brennan’s July 16 tweet—which condemned President Trump’s conciliatory appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki—was just part of an extraordinary chorus of criticism by former senior intelligence and military...

Trump's Unprecedented Retaliation Draws Unprecedented Rebukes

August 18, 2018 There isn’t any obvious precedent for a former CIA head to publicly call a sitting U.S. president “treasonous.” But John Brennan’s July 16 tweet—which condemned President Trump’s conciliatory appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki—was just part of an extraordinary chorus of criticism by former senior intelligence and military...

Pence Makes Hard Sell For Trump's Space Force by 2020

August 10, 2018 The Trump administration officially rolled out its roadmap to create a U.S. Space Force, the first new military branch in over 70 years by 2020 — assuming Congress complies. Vice President Mike Pence unveiled a plan to ask Congress for the authority and funds to set up the U.S. Space...

Pence Makes Hard Sell For Trump's Space Force by 2020

August 9, 2018 The Trump administration officially rolled out its roadmap to create a U.S. Space Force, the first new military branch in over 70 years by 2020 — assuming Congress complies. Vice President Mike Pence unveiled a plan to ask Congress for the authority and funds to set up the U.S. Space...

Opposition to a Space Force Simmers in the Senate

August 2, 2018 Senate Republicans are holding their fire for now on the creation of a sixth branch of the military to guard America’s interests in space, punting a fight with President Trump despite deep-seated skepticism about the wisdom of such a move. The Pentagon is in the final stages of preparing a...

Opposition to a Space Force Simmers in the Senate

August 1, 2018 Senate Republicans are holding their fire for now on the creation of a sixth branch of the military to guard America’s interests in space, punting a fight with President Trump despite deep-seated skepticism about the wisdom of such a move. The Pentagon is in the final stages of preparing a...