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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

In this image made from video and released by WRCB-TV, authorities work an active shooting scene on amincola highway near the Naval Reserve Center, in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says police are pursuing an active shooter after reports of a shooting at the military reserve center. (WRCB-TV via AP)

Four Marines killed in 'act of domestic terrorism' at Tenn. recruiting center

A lone shooter identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez unleashed a barrage of bullets at a strip mall military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, minutes before opening fire on an another military site 7 miles away, killing four Marines in what officials called an act of "domestic terrorism." Published July 16, 2015

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, expects a defense budget for the Senate by week's end. A presidential veto is expected as the proposed spending plan would increase funding for a war chest (Associated Press)

John McCain expects defense budget by week's end

Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that he expects negotiators to reach an agreement this week on the annual defense policy bill, though a presidential veto still threatens to derail the bill. Published July 15, 2015

In this photo taken on Thursday, June  25, 2015, members of a self-defense unit carry out exercise drills in a location outside Odessa, Ukraine. Odessa lies more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) west of the front line in east Ukraine, where government troops are mired in a war of attrition against Russian-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

U.S. considering additional training of Ukrainian forces

The military could make a decision soon on whether U.S. forces will start training additional Ukrainians to combat Russian-backed separatists later this year, the commanding general of U.S. Army Europe said Monday. Published July 13, 2015

In this Nov. 7, 2014 photo, Debbie Larsen views the graves of her sister Linda Sawatzke and nephew Rory Gavic at the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery near Buffalo, Minn. Gavic was a young, decorated military member who served his country overseas twice, who had earned praise and the respect of his peers, who had volunteered as a Big Brother. His suicide in 2009 devastated his family, especially his mother Linda Sawatzke who killed herself four years later with the same handgun. (Associated Press/The St. Cloud Times, Dave Schwarz) **FILE**

Suicides up among Army, Army National Guard

The Army saw a small increase in the number of suicides in the first three months of 2015, according to a Defense Department report released Friday. Published July 10, 2015

Gen. Joseph Dunford is under scrutiny to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Associated Press)

Joint Chiefs nominee Joseph Dunford grilled on Obama Islamic State strategy

Senators turned Joint Chiefs of Staff nominee Gen. Joseph Dunford's confirmation hearing Thursday into a critique on the administration's foreign policy against the Islamic State, questioning how to provide help to more capable Kurdish forces and why so few Syrians have started training. Published July 9, 2015

U.S. army soldiers from Ghostrider Company, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment take a break after searching a house during Operation Phantom Phoenix in the village of Abu Musa on the northern outskirts of Muqdadiyah, in the volatile Diyala province, about 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Facing another decision about U.S. troop levels in Iraq by spring, U.S. President Bush said Saturday Jan. 12, 2008 it's "fine with me" if generals recommend no more reductions than those already planned to take the force posture down to about 130,000.(AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Impact of Army reductions will be widespread, general says

Planned cuts to the Army's end strength will touch nearly every base and will include some involuntary layoffs, officials said Thursday, though D.C.-area installations avoid the brunt of the reductions. Published July 9, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the U.S. train-and-equip mission to bolster Iraqi and Syrian forces for combat against the Islamic State has been hamstrung due to a lack of local recruits willing to fight the terrorist army. (Associated Press)

Islamic State fight hamstrung by low local troop levels

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told lawmakers Tuesday that the train-and-equip mission in both Iraq and Syria is lagging behind as local officials struggle to recruit troops to fight the Islamic State. Published July 7, 2015