David Welna appears in the following:
Monday, July 17, 2017
The U.S. and NATO are staging their largest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, and they're doing it in countries of 3 former members of the Warsaw Pact: Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
A KC-130 tanker attached to the Marine Corps Reserve crashed in Mississippi on Monday, killing all 16 aboard. The cause of the crash is still unknown.
Monday, July 10, 2017
The House version of the Defense Authorization Bill sets spending at an unlawful $700 billion (because of sequestration) and includes items recognizing climate change as a threat to national security — a view supported by a number of Republicans.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
The renowned Russian cybersecurity firm's anti-virus software is used by millions of Americans. Congress does not want military service members to be among them.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
The Pentagon may soon be prohibited from using anti-virus software and other products from Kaspersky Lab. The Moscow-based company is alleged to have ties to the Kremlin, which Kaspersky denies.
Sunday, July 02, 2017
The Sunday morning tweet led some in the media to question if the president was threatening the network. A White House adviser said, "I think that no one would perceive that as a threat."
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
For years, members of Congress were unwilling to update the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that legalized most post-9/11 overseas operations. Now, the Senate could consider it.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Defense Secretary James Mattis is one of most influential figures in the Trump administration, and yet recently he has been trying to keep the lowest profile possible. NPR accompanied him on a trip to Asia and has been watching his recent appearances on Capitol Hill.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Former FBI Director James Comey testified about his relationship with President Trump in the Senate on Thursday. NPR takes a look at what comes next in this story, especially given the limits of what Comey said he could discuss about the classified information in the case.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Three Gulf Arab states and Egypt cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, site of the largest U.S. air base in the Middle East. U.S. officials say the dispute will not affect the coalition against ISIS.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Washington has been springing more leaks during the nascent Trump presidency than it has for years. Some are coming from officials alarmed by Trump and his entourage. Trump and his supporters are demanding they be ferreted out and prosecuted. But other big leaks — ones that experts say truly could affect national security — appear to be coming from Trump himself, who can spill state secrets with judicial impunity.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Pentagon quietly disclosed the results of its investigation into a deadly airstrike in March that killed more than 100 civilians in Mosul, Iraq. A small American bomb ignited "a large amount of explosive material" that ISIS fighters had hidden in the house.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
There were angry reactions on Capitol Hill Tuesday to reports of President Trump sharing highly classified intelligence with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador in the Oval Office. Democrats are demanding the White House provide the intelligence committees with unedited transcripts of Trump's remarks to his Russian guests. They say Trump may have endangered both a key source of intelligence and trust in his administration.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
James Comey was supposed to testify Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee about worldwide threats. Instead, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe showed up. He insisted the agency's investigation of Russian malfeasance continues and is adequately resourced; he contradicted the White House in affirming Comey had wide and strong support at the FBI; and he said it was not usual to inform someone he's not being investigated.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Military tensions are escalating over North Korea's steady march to being able to hit the U.S. mainland with a nuclear warhead. The Trump administration vows that won't happen. Some experts say such a risk is low, and it beats starting a second Korean war.
Friday, April 21, 2017
The next phase of Congress' investigation into the Trump-Russia story could be a major focus on U.S. intelligence — and what Republicans call its abuse.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Republican officials are outraged by leaks indicating U.S. intelligence agencies spied on Trump associates. But their anger is also tainting a top priority for national security hardliners: the reauthorization of an expiring warrantless surveillance program known as Section 702. It currently sweeps up countless Americans, and lawmakers are demanding at least an estimate of how many before the statute is extended.
Friday, April 07, 2017
NPR takes a look at what law authorized the U.S. to attack the Syrian regime, and if Congress will need to pass legislation to clear the way for subsequent action.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
North Korea is likely to cast its shadow over the splendor at Mar-a-Lago when President Trump hosts Chinese leader Xi Jinping there this week. Trump is promising "if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will." A nuclear weapons drive that could allow Pyongyang to hit the U.S. mainland worries Washington, and a missile defense battery the U.S. is installing in South Korea has China on edge.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Getting Republicans and Democrats to cooperate in investigations that could be damaging to a president has long been a challenge. It happened in Watergate, but it seems unlikely now.