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Richard Sisk has more than 40 years experience in journalism as a reporter and editor for the wire services and the N.Y. Daily News. He has embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reported from Beirut, Tel Aviv, Bosnia, Kosovo, Panama, Haiti, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Eritrea and other conflict zones. He has also covered five presidential campaigns while working from Washington, D.C.

Sisk was born in Brooklyn and is a 1965 graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., with a degree in political science. He served with the 2nd Battalion Fourth Marines in Vietnam in 1967-68.

Coast Guard Pay Cutoff Looms as House Votes Down Homeland Funding

Capitol Hill

The House voted down a bill Friday that would have extended funding for the $40 billion Homeland Security Department for another three weeks, leaving 42,000 Coast Guard active duty members and 34,000 retirees to face the loss of their paychecks. The 224 -203 vote was a stunning rebuke to the House Republican leadership that backed the stopg... more

Afghan President Asks US to Freeze Troop Withdrawals this Year

Newly-elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, center, arrives for an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Omar Sobhani/AP

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was expected to press the Obama administration to freeze U.S. troop withdrawals for the rest of this year when he visits the White House next month. "Ghani asked to leave it flat this year" in recent discussions in Munich on U.S. troop levels, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Tex., chairman of the House Armed Services Co... more

NATO Commander: Arming Ukraine Would Not Stop Russia’s Aggression

NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Philip M. Breedlove addresses the media at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

The U.S. commander of NATO declined to predict Wednesday how Russian President Vladimir Putin would react to the U.S. sending weapons to Ukraine but added that even with American weapons, Ukraine forces could not prevent a Russian invasion. "Clearly we don't know what Mr. Putin will do," said Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, who doubles as ... more

Pentagon Speeds Shipment of M-16s and MRAPS to Iraqi Army

Iraqi Sgt. Mustafa watches as instructors from the Camp Taji Noncommissioned Officer Academy fire while qualifying with M-16 Rifles. (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Piper)

The U.S. recently completed a $17.9 million deal for the delivery of 10,000 new M-16 rifles, 250 Mine Resistant-Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, and other military equipment to the Iraq as its army continues its buildup in the fight against ISIS, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The M-16s came with 10,000 M-68 Close Combat Optical (CCO) "red dot... more

DHS Shutdown Would Halt Coast Guard Active Duty and Retiree Pay

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About 42,000 active duty members of the Coast Guard would work without pay and nearly 34,000 retirees would have their retirement checks suspended if Congress can't settle an agreement over funding for the Department of Homeland Security by Friday. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said Monday that the Coast Guard operations in law e... more

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