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.

Carter Seeks 1.6% Pay Increase, Funds to Counter Russia and China

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The Pentagon's $582.7 billion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 includes a modest 1.6 percent pay increase, more funding to counter ISIS, Russia and China, and projects to develop an "arsenal plane" and swarming "microdrones" while keeping the A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft in the inventory. In an address Tuesday to the Economic Club o... more

US Rejects Russian Charge That A-10s Hit Aleppo Hospitals


The U.S. military denied Thursday Moscow's charges that A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft hit Aleppo, where Syrian regime forces backed by Russian airstrikes have triggered a humanitarian crisis. "There were no Coalition airstrikes in or near Aleppo on Wednesday.  Any claim that the coalition had aircraft in the area is a fabrication," Army ... more

Ohio Wins Again in Army's Budget for More M1 Abrams Tanks

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The U.S. Army has 6,000 M1 Abrams tanks and for years has been saying that it doesn't need any more, but the service is requesting $558 million for more tanks in the latest budget. "There's an industrial base piece to all of that," Maj. Gen. Neil Thurgood, the Army's deputy for acquisition and systems management, said Wednesday of the funding t... more

US to Deploy More Troops to Afghanistan as Airstrikes Target ISIS

U.S. Army soldiers with Charlie Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division wait for the order to move against enemy positions in Charkh, Logar province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 13, 2010. (Sgt. Sean P. Casey)

The U.S. has increased airstrikes against the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan while preparing to send hundreds of 10th Mountain Division troops into southwestern Helmand province on a "force protection" mission to shore up an Afghan Army Corps battered by the Taliban, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday. In the last three weeks, Am... more

Obama's Last Defense Budget Adds Funds for Europe, Counterterrorism

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President Barack Obama's last defense budget proposal totals $583 billion and marks a legacy document that seeks to prolong a fundamental shift in the ways the nation prepares for and fights wars -- changes for which he has advocated with mixed results. The $583 billion proposal for fiscal 2017, an amount some lawmakers in Congress have alr... more

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