Paul McLeary

Paul McLeary is Foreign Policy’s senior reporter covering the U.S. Defense Department and national security issues. He joined the Washington office in 2015 after working for Defense News, where he was also on the Pentagon beat, and covered stories relating to Pentagon spending and the defense industry. While there, and in a previous incarnation as a New York-based reporter, Paul embedded with U.S. Army and Marine Corps units in Iraq and Afghanistan to cover ground combat operations, where he got inside a secretive drone program being run out of Bagram air base. He has also traveled with the U.S. Navy, covered NATO meetings in Europe with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and stalked major international arms shows in Paris and London.

The Cable

SitRep: More Fighting Between Syria, Iran, and U.S.; USS Fitzgerald Goes Home; What Afghanistan Strategy?

War Game Shows Importance of Critical Bit of Eastern Europe; Israel Backs Syria Rebels; Final Days of U.S. pacific Commander?

The Cable

SitRep: Thousands More Headed to Afghanistan; Did Moscow Kill Baghdadi?

Record Number of Bombs Hit ISIS; Congress Skeptical of Arms Sales; Erdogan’s Thugs Charged Over DC Mele; Congress Passes Russian Sanctions; Putin Trolling So Hard

The Cable

The New, Old War in Afghanistan

Sixteen years into a war Washington refuses to walk away from, a new strategy, led by the Pentagon, is about to start the effort anew.

The Cable

SitRep: Mattis’ War; U.S. To Ship $12B Worth of Fighter Planes to Qatar; American Commandos Targeted By ISIS Drones

North Korea Hacks; Civilian Losses in U.S. Air Campaign; Iran targets U.S. Ships, Helos in Persian Gulf; ISIS Grabs Tora Bora

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