David Welna

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After Trump's U.N. Speech, Some Senators Look To Reinforce War Powers

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker says his committee is considering narrowing the president's ability to launch wars without congressional approval.


U.S. Bans Kaspersky Software For Federal Agencies Amid Security Concerns

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The acting secretary of homeland security has banned the U.S. government from using Kaspersky software. The Russian company's software — widely used throughout the world — has been deemed an unacceptable security risk.


Warren Buffett Backs Nuclear Fuel Bank In Kazakhstan

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

An unusual bank will open Tuesday in Kazakhstan. The deposits will be nuclear fuel, low-enriched uranium. The customers withdrawing low-enriched uranium will be nations which lack enrichment facilities. The idea is to convince such nations not to build their own. Warren Buffett is among the bank's founders.


Settlement Reached In Case Against Pyschologists Who Designed CIA Torture Program

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The ACLU represented the three men who were seeking damages after being subjected to torture. This is first time damages will presumably be paid to people interrogated in the CIA program.


In Russia's Shadow, U.S. Military Bulks Up European Presence

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thousands of troops from 20 nations led by the U.S. have been carrying out essentially one-sided warfare for most of the past month in southeast Europe.


What's Next After NATO Allies' Largest Military Exercise Since The Cold War?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

"Peace through strength," popularized by President Reagan, is again vogue, again vis-à-vis Russia. NATO allies launched their largest military exercise since the Cold War. NPR's David Welna reports.


Joint Military Exercises Reinforce American Power In Eastern Europe

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.


At Least 16 Dead After Military Plane Crashes In Mississippi

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.


House Poised To Approve National Defense Authorization Bill

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.


Congress Casts A Suspicious Eye On Russia's Kaspersky Lab

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.


Kaspersky's Russian Roots Come Under Scrutiny

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.


Trump Tweets Clip Of Him Bodyslamming CNN; Network Says 'Do Your Job'

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."


Authorization For The Use Of Military Force Could Be Up For Update In Senate

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.


Defense Secretary James Mattis Keeps Low Profile Amid White House Controversy

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.


After Comey Hearing, What Comes Next In Senate Russia Probe?

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.


Qatar Accused Of Supporting Terrorists; Nations Sever Diplomatic Ties

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.


National Security Experts Divided In Response To White House Leaks

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.


Pentagon Reveals Results Of Probe Into Deadly Mosul Airstrike

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.


Lawmakers On Both Sides Alarmed By Reports Trump Disclosed Intelligence

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.


Acting FBI Director Contradicts White House Explanation For Comey's Dismissal

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.