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.

A Pro-Russian militia member guards next to an APC and anti-aircraft gun, outside the administrational building in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Thursday, May 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

US Backs Improved NATO Reaction Force in Europe

The U.S. will support an expanded and more agile rapid reaction force within NATO to counter the growing threat from Russia to Ukraine and Eastern Europe, Pentagon and White House officials said Tuesday. "It's about making sure a strong message is sent" to Moscow, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said of the proposed impro... more

President Barack Obama speaks about the situations in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass., during his family vacation on Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama Seeks Tougher NATO Stance Against Russia

President Obama was departing Tuesday for Eastern Europe and a NATO summit in Wales with the goal of bolstering Ukraine against Russian aggression and shoring up alliance defenses in Poland and the Baltic states. The trip comes as separatists in eastern Ukraine backed by Russian troops make gains against Ukrainian forces. Meanwhile, Russian Pre... more

Gen. John Campbell

Campbell Could Miss NATO Meeting on Afghanistan

Army Gen. John F. Campbell, the new commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, will likely not attend the NATO ministers meeting in Britain next week at which the U.S. had hoped to cement final decisions on a future force presence and aid, a U.S. military official in Kabul said Friday. The official said that the political turmoil in... more

Soldier holds a stack of cash.

Obama Backs One Percent Military Pay Raise

President Obama sent a message to the House and Senate Friday recommending a one percent pay raise for the uniformed military and federal civilian workers next year. In a letter the House and Senate, Obama said that a pay raise of 1.0 percent was "consistent with my Fiscal Year 2015 Budget and it will not materially affect the federal Governmen... more

Iraq airstrikes

US Operation Against ISIL Costs Over $500 Million

U.S. military operations in Iraq since mid-June have cost well above $500 million and can currently be paid for out of 2014 budgets without going to Congress for additional funding, the Pentagon said Friday. The costs have averaged about $7.5 million per day since June 16 and include money for current airstrikes, intelligence and surveillanc... more

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