11/08/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Stars & Stripes Editor: Paper Used To Be "Tame," "Boring," But Now We're Becoming "Aggressive" With Pentagon

For many years, this has been a pretty tame newspaper and, frankly, pretty boring. There is a tradition here of people pulling their punches when it comes to covering the Pentagon. My boss, Terry Leonard, a veteran AP reporter, got a mandate to make this a more aggressive, serious newspaper. That's my mission. The best way to do that is to give men and women of America who are risking their lives overseas for us, all the news, good or bad, and not spare them from stories about problems in the military.... It's all about making this newspaper aggressive. We won't be ignored anymore.