Reporter Chris Carroll covers the Pentagon for the independent military newspaper Stars and Stripes. Previously he worked as a staff writer at National Geographic Magazine, and as a reporter for his hometown paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He began his career in 1996 at the Warsaw Business Journal in Poland, after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He has reported on military and foreign affairs from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and has received a number of journalism honors and awards, including publication of his National Geographic story "High Tech Trash" in "Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009." He lives in Maryland with his wife and two sons.