Richard Sisk

Military.com 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.

Army Clears Commanders in 2014 Fort Hood Shooting Rampage

Spc. Ivan Lopez, alleged Fort Hood shooter. (Army Guard)

An Army investigation cleared the commanders of failing to monitor a soldier who killed three soldiers and himself and wounded 12 at Fort Hood, Texas, last April. The Army lacked a system for alerting commanders to the threat posed by Spec. Ivan Lopez under treatment for depression before his shooting rampage on Fort Hood, the investigation... more

Soldiers and Families Push Back against Army Drawdown at Town Halls

Soldiers, families and community members listen to a community listening session at Fort Campbell on Jan. 20. (Fort Campbell Facebook page)

Governors and community leaders nationwide have been lining up to voice their opposition to the Army's planned drawdown due to budget cuts. On Tuesday night, Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, the commander of the 101st Airborne Division, who is leading the fight against Ebola in Liberia, phoned in to an Army "listening session" before overflow crowds at ... more

New Chairman Says Congress Proven Right for Upgrading Abrams Tanks

These U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams tanks are part of the European Activity Set, a combined-arms battalion-sized set of vehicles and equipment pre-positioned at Germany’s Grafenwoehr Training Area. Markus Ruachenberger/U.S. Army

The new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee defended a host of controversial decisions made by Congress that went against the Pentagon's recommendation – namely paying to upgrade Abrams tanks, keep the A-10 alive, and stifle stiffer pay and benefits decreases. Rep. William McClellan "Mac" Thornberry, R-Texas, set out an agenda T... more

Hagel Warns Against White House 'Micromanaging' Military Leaders

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to sailors aboard the USS America in San Diego, Jan. 14, 2015. Hagel is visiting all service branches to thank them for their service during his last official domestic trip. Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt/Navy

Hagel had thus far avoided speculation on whether he was forced out, saying only that he and Obama late last year had reached a "mutual decision" that he should resign. However, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Hagel spoke to him late last year of his frustrations with the White... more

Hagel Warns Major Changes Coming to Pay and Benefits

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference regarding the automatic spending cuts, Friday, March 1, 2013.

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned of major changes coming to pay and benefits in the military while stating that those currently serving would likely be "grandfathered" against cuts. Compensation will be as big an issue in coming budget debates with Congress "over the next year as there is, and it should be, because when you are... more

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