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Katie Bo Williams

Senior National Security Correspondent

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. Before 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.
Policy

Personality, Not Policy, Will Determine Top House Armed Services Republican

The pick may telegraph whether the GOP intends a cooperative or combative approach to the Biden administration.

Threats

Trump Orders Hasty Afghanistan, Iraq Drawdowns to Beat Biden Inauguration

Majority Leader McConnell leads chorus of bipartisan, shocked opposition to the 11th hour order read by Acting Defense Secretary Miller.

Threats

Outgoing Syria Envoy Admits Hiding US Troop Numbers; Praises Trump’s Mideast Record

‘We were always playing shell games,’ says Amb. Jim Jeffrey, who also gives advice to President-elect Biden.

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Trump Installs Senate-Rejected Retired General As Pentagon Policy Chief

Anthony Tata moves up one grade level — with some limits attached.

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Joe Biden Elected 46th Commander in Chief

Trump has lost reelection after a vitriolic, misinformation-laden presidency, networks project. President declines to concede as vote count continues.

Policy

Biden Takes Lead In Pennsylvania; Win Would Decide Presidency

Many news outlets, including the Associated Press, have not yet made the call and Trump is not conceding.

Threats

A Quiet Day At The Polls For Most Americans

Security experts still fear late-night violence and clashes in the days to come, but so far, the worst-case scenario has not come to pass.

Exclusive Policy

Helicopters Over DC Protesters Broke Regulations While Commander was Driving Home, DC Guard Concludes

The D.C. National Guard and Pentagon IG are fighting over who to blame for the dangerous incident that symbolized Trump’s militarized response.

Policy

No Need To Federalize State's National Guards, Leaders Say

“I cannot think of any scenario where we would recommend or ask for being federalized,” Tennessee’s adjunct general told reporters.

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Is Iraq’s Military Good Enough for US Troops to Leave?

After 17 years of fighting Saddam, AQ, and ISIS, officials say support for Baghdad and its security forces remains key to fending off Iran.

Policy

What Would a Second Trump Term Mean For Foreign Policy?

The nuts and bolts may shift, but the approach is likely to stay the same.

Policy

Milley Speaks Out — and Trump Stays Mum

After a controversial summer, the Joint Chiefs chairman is holding his own with a string of public pronouncements.

Threats

Thousands of US Troops Will Remain in Afghanistan Past Christmas

They won't be home for Christmas. Trump's national security advisor says the president was only expressing a "desire" with that tweet.

Policy

Pentagon Leaders Reject Calls for Militarized Election Season

“We support law enforcement,” Army Secretary McCarthy said Tuesday. ”We don’t police American streets.”

Policy

All US Troops In Afghanistan To Withdraw By Christmas, Trump Tweets

The bewildering message came just hours after his national security advisor said the United States would draw down to 2,500 by 2021.

Threats

Greece Joins the Turkey-Russia S-400 Saga, and Congress Wants Answers

Was Ankara using its Russian air-defense system to track a NATO ally?

Policy

US Charges ISIS ‘Beatles’ In Virginia Court

Kotey and Elsheikh each face 14 charges, all of which carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Policy

Can Dr. Conley — a Military Doctor — Say 'No' to the President?

Yes, but he’s under a lot of pressure that other physicians caring for VIP patients might not be.