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.

US Trainers for ISIS Fight Deploying Ahead of Congressional Approval

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The 1,500 additional troops President Obama has authorized for Iraq will begin deploying ahead of congressional approval of funding for their mission, the Pentagon said Thursday. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of U.S. Central Command, has called for the accelerated deployment to jump-start the training and advisory mission for Iraqi and Kurdi... more

Pentagon Denies US Paid Ransom for Bergdahl’s Release

Bowe Bergdahl

The Pentagon denied Thursday that a ransom was paid for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl while refusing to either confirm or deny that money went to an informant. "There was no ransom offered, there was no ransom paid – nor was there an attempt to do so that failed" to gain the release of Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban from Jun... more

Ebola Cases 'Leveling Off' in Liberia: UN Ambassador Power

U.S. personnel construct the Monrovia Medical Unit site in Monrovia, Liberia. The MMU is being constructed in the event any medical workers in the area catch Ebola while assisting in Operation United Assistance. Craig Philbrick/Army

The military's efforts in Liberia have shown significant progress in containing Ebola even as the epidemic spreads in other West African states, United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power said Wednesday. "We can literally see a difference" in Liberia since the U.S. launched Operation United Assistance and sent more than 2,200 troops to the region... more

Hagel Visits Female Marines Training for Combat Roles

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks with Marines and sailors from II Marine Expeditionary Force aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Nov. 18, 2014. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Scott W. Whiting)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to meet the female Marines who are seeking roles in the infantry, armor and artillery that previously were restricted to men. Hagel asked the women at a town hall meeting about their motivation to fight and work in the most grueling combat positions in the U.S. military.... more

Gates and Panetta Blast Obama for Micromanaging Military

Leon E. Panetta, right, and his predecessor Robert M. Gates, share a laugh during the ceremony to unveil a portrait of Gates at the Pentagon, Oct. 29, 2012. (DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

Former Defense Secretaries Robert Gates and Leon Panetta have joined in accusing President Obama and the White House National Security Council staff (NSC) of micromanaging the military to the point of attempting to set up direct lines of communication to combatant commanders. "It was micromanagement that drove me crazy," Gates said at the R... more

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