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Tara Copp

Tara Copp

Senior Pentagon Reporter, Defense One

Tara Copp is senior Pentagon correspondent for Defense One. Copp has reported through the Middle East, Asia and Europe to cover defense policy and its impact on the lives of service members. Her investigative reporting on military aviation accidents and on skyrocketing veteran cancer rates drove Congressional hearings and legislation. Before returning to journalism, she worked as a senior defense analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, focused on readiness and military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a Plan II graduate of the University of Texas and earned her masters in Security Studies at Georgetown University.
Tara Copp is senior Pentagon correspondent for Defense One. Copp has reported through the Middle East, Asia and Europe to cover defense policy and its impact on the lives of service members. Her investigative reporting on military aviation accidents and on skyrocketing veteran cancer rates drove Congressional hearings and legislation. Before returning to journalism, she worked as a senior defense analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, focused on readiness and military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a Plan II graduate of the University of Texas and earned her masters in Security Studies at Georgetown University.
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As More Aviation Accidents Pile Up, Key Safety Recommendations Remain Undone

Pentagon officials say they’re still working on the December 2020 suggestions of a congressional commission.

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Pentagon May Give Sweden and Finland More Security Aid

Russia has issued vague threats over the countries' applications to join the alliance.

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Task Force Gator Back to Training Ukrainians as Battle Rages For the Donbas

A Florida National Guard unit that withdrew just before Moscow invaded is back to teaching as Russia reveals its weak spots.

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Aviator Cancer Bill Would Push VA to Study Toxins Air Crews Faced, Assess Links to Cancers

Ground crew and flight crew cancers would be reviewed. So would the fuels, chemicals, and emissions they were exposed to.

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U.S. Rushes Weapons to Ukraine as Russia Coils for New Offensive Into the Donbas

“There’s a sense of urgency,” says senior defense official, as Biden reportedly weighs approving a massive $750 million arms package.

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Russian Forces Halt Kyiv Advance as Kremlin Says Donbass Was Its Only Goal All Along

Pentagon official rebuts Moscow's claims about war aims, casualties; adds that Russian precision munitions are failing at high rates.

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The U.S. Mulls a Larger Permanent Force in Europe and Sends More Missiles to Ukraine

The U.S. and NATO will take a "hard look" at the European security footprint no matter how the Ukrainian fight goes, a U.S. official says.

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Why the US Won’t Give Patriot Interceptors to Ukraine

The Pentagon is still hunting “alternative options” to bolster Ukraine’s air defenses against Russia’s brutal strikes.

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Putin Puts Nuke Forces on Higher Alert; Zelensky Agrees to Peace Talks

Ukrainian leader to meet Russian negotiators at Belarusan border as invasion enters 5th day.

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‘Amphibious Assault is Underway’: Russian Troops Are Landing In Eastern Ukraine, Pentagon Says

Russia's advances are encountering more resistance than expected, U.S. defense official says, as forces encircle Kyiv.

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Kyiv Under Siege As Russian Forces Move on Ukrainian Capital

Putin "is just simply crazy…to come here and kill Ukrainians,” says former president Poroshenko, vowing a long fight.

Defense

Inside the Air Force Chief’s Mission for Racial Equity

“There's still a lot to do,’ said Gen. C.Q. Brown, ‘...we didn't get here overnight, we're not gonna get out of here overnight.”

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Austin is Alarmed by Beijing’s Approval, As Russia Moves Troops From China's Border to Ukraine

Russians “edge closer to that border,” with troops, combat aircraft, ships, and blood supplies, says Pentagon.

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After 20 Years of Civilian Drone Strike Deaths, the Pentagon Creates An Office to Stop More

The military keeps repeating mistakes and is not ready for future fights because the lessons learned have not been instilled throughout the DOD, an independent review found.