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Tara Copp

Senior Pentagon Reporter, Defense One

Tara Copp
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.
Threats

US Sending More HIMARS Artillery to Ukraine

Just days after announcing a new billion-dollar weapons shipment, the White House announces $450 million more.

Threats

Ukrainian Fighter Pilots: Send Better Jets and Air Defenses

They’ve shot down a few Russian cruise missiles—but they could do far more with modern gear.

Threats

US Pledges More Weapons to Ukraine, But Milley Warns ‘The Numbers Clearly Favor The Russians’

More Javelins, Howitzers, long-range rockets are on the way, but will they arrive in time to make a difference?

Threats

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.

Threats

After Deadly Aviation Crashes, Congress May Tighten Pentagon Focus on Why

2023 budget also seeks report on risks to anti-tank and anti-aircraft munition stockpiles after U.S. surge to Ukraine.

Policy

US to Send Ukraine Advanced Rockets; Kyiv Promises Not to Fire Into Russia

The fourth large arms package announced by the administration includes HIMARS for defensive use only, as Biden eyes “negotiating table.”

Threats

Has Ukraine Broken the Russian Military?

With thousands of troops dead, Russia seems desperate for new soldiers—allowing enlistees as old as 50, U.S. defense official says.

Policy

Despite Biden’s Latest, Pentagon Says Nothing Has Changed On US Defense of Taiwan

The president suggested that the U.S. is willing to get involved militarily—which could mean troops.

Policy

Biden’s Asia Trip is ‘Proof’ That US Can Focus On Two Fronts At Once, Officials Argue

His first presidential Pacific crossing aims to convince wary leaders that Washington is not losing focus on China.

Threats

Pentagon May Give Sweden, Finland More Security Aid

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