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John M Donnelly


John M. Donnelly is a senior writer for who specializes in defense and writes CQ's Executive Briefing-Defense, a blog on national security and defense issues. Prior to his arrival at CQ in 2004, he worked as a reporter (and later editor) at Defense Week, a newsletter that covered the Pentagon, the defense industry and the congressional defense panels. He has netted numerous awards for investigative reporting, and he is a frequent guest on television and radio news programs. He serves on the board of the National Press Club and is a member of the Standing Committee of Correspondents in Congress. He has a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and he graduated from Gonzaga College High School in Washington.

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Stories by John M Donnelly:

Cracked Engine Blade Grounds Entire Fleet of F-35 Fighters

Feb. 22, 2013

Defense Department officials notified Congress Friday that ground and flight operations for the entire F-35 fighter jet fleet, comprising all three variants of the plane, are being halted indefinitely.

Navy Is Putting High Priority on Preventing Suicide

Dec. 9, 2012

The Navy’s No. 2 officer has to contend with a $156 billion budget, complex global deployments and more than 400,000 active duty and reserve sailors. But one of his highest priorities these days is suicide prevention.

Rise of Military Suicides Driven By More Than War

Dec. 9, 2012

An emotional Max Baucus took to the Senate floor recently to talk about an article in his home state’s top newspaper that he said “hit me in the gut.”

Coburn Blasts Pentagon For Jerky, Brewery Funding

Nov. 15, 2012

An outspoken Republican spending hawk questioned Thursday why, in an era of austerity, the U.S. military tapped a program for developing new weapons to create a delicious new beef jerky.




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