Richard Sisk Editor Richard Sisk

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.

Pentagon Promises to Try to Cut Pay and Benefits Again

Soldier holds a stack of cash.

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Tuesday that the Pentagon will continue pressing to trim military pay, pensions, and housing allowances despite rejections by Congress. The Pentagon will also try again to reform the Tricare health care system and kill the A-10 attack aircraft despite nearly universal opposition from veterans service o... more

Groups Say Slow US Military Response to Ebola Has Cost Lives

Health workers, attend to patients that contracted the Ebola virus, at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

The pace of the U.S. military and public health response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has drawn harsh criticism from aid groups on the front lines. The efforts of the U.S. and the international community were "moving with the speed of a turtle," said Joanne Chiu, executive director of the Doctors Without Borders relief group, at the Unite... more

Obama Includes Two NCOs in Delegation for Afghan Inauguration

Marine Cpl. Miroslav “Mike” Kazimir and his wife Marcela credit a strong military medical system and a devotion to each other with helping them after Kazimir was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Donna Miles/DoD photo

Ghani's inauguration Monday followed a bitterly contested election and runoff against Abdullah Abdullah that delayed and threatened to derail conclusion of a new Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S. and a separate agreement with NATO for a continued presence of more than 10,000 allied troops next year. Both Ghani and Abdullah have pl... more

Airstrike Agreement Keeps US Air Controllers Away From Combat

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U.S. warplanes have been flying close air support missions for Iraqi and Kurdish forces through a complex tactical arrangement that avoids having U.S. troops on the front lines to call in the strikes, an Air Force general said Monday. "We think it’s being very effective right now," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, the assistan... more

Dempsey: Airpower Not Enough, But No US Ground Forces Now

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dempsey, accompanied by Defense Secretary Hagel, brief reporters about ongoing operations against Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq at the Pentagon, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey said Friday that ground forces ultimately will be needed to finish the fight with the Islamic State, but the infantry should come from the Iraqis, the Kurds and the "moderate" Syrian rebels. "I want to emphasize that no one is under any illusions -- under any illusions -- that airstrikes... more

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