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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Is Obama’s ‘Iraq First’ Strategy Working Against ISIS?

December 18, 2014 When it comes to U.S. military action against the Islamic State, the Obama administration is pursuing an Iraq first policy of strengthening Baghdad while taking back terrain the group has claimed in the country. In Iraq, unlike in Syria, the United States notes it has a government that invited them...

CIA Director Brennan Tries To Put Torture In the Past

December 11, 2014 During a rare news conference, CIA Director John Brennan praised his staff at the agency and said the Senate report on torture is “a chapter in our history” that is in the past. Two days after the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s so-called...

Obama Brings Ash Carter Back To Lead the Pentagon

December 5, 2014 Ash Carter is returning to run the Defense Department, a place he knows well. He worked there under the Clinton administration, held the number three spot under Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and moved up to play deputy under Defense Secretaries Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel. Now Carter, 60, will take...

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Is Resigning

November 24, 2014 This story has been updated. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned as defense secretary after less than two years on the job. President Barack Obama announced Hagel’s departure during brief remarks at the White House on Monday morning. “Last month Chuck came to me to discuss the final quarter of...

Chuck Hagel Is Out at the Pentagon

November 24, 2014 This story has been updated. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down as defense secretary, after less than two years on the job. A senior administration official confirmed Hagel’s resignation to Defense One. “Over the past two years, Secretary Hagel helped manage an intense period of transition for the United...

Obama Doubles Number of Troops for Iraq Mission to 3,000

November 7, 2014 This story has been updated. The Pentagon announced Friday that it would send up to 1,500 more U.S. troops to help advise and train Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State terrorists. Just days after taking a bruising in the midterm election, President Barack Obama is doubling down on his...

Will Afghanistan Become the ‘Forgotten War’ Again?

October 6, 2014 On Oct. 7, 2001, nearly a month after the Sept. 11 attacks, the State Department sent a cable to Pakistan asking Islamabad to pass a message to the Taliban warning that “it is in your interest and in the interest of your survival to hand over all al-Qaeda leaders." The...

Report: Mortars Land in Baghdad’s Green Zone

October 6, 2014 This story has been updated with comment from the State Department. After weeks of sustained air strikes in Iraq, Islamic State fighters have reportedly hit Baghdad’s international zone with mortars on Monday. The so-called “Green Zone” is in the heart of the city and lies along the Tigris River. The...

Congress Backs Strikes in Syria, But Emphasizes Allied Support

September 23, 2014 Members of Congress threw their support behind President Barack Obama’s decision to launch a military air strike campaign against Islamic militants in Syria—but with one warning: keep our allies in the fight. “The visible, public involvement of Arab and Muslim nations is crucial to long-term success against ISIS. While Western...

Air Strikes in Syria Are ‘Only the Beginning’

September 23, 2014 It wasn’t quite “shock and awe,” but the United States is firmly back at war in the Middle East. After conducting nearly 200 air strikes in Iraq, the U.S. military, along with a handful of other Arab nations, have begun a targeted air campaign against Islamic extremists inside Syria. This...

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