David Welna

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U.S. Bases On Japanese Island Of Okinawa Have Long Been Contentious

Friday, February 10, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with President Trump Friday. Their two countries have a long military alliance. But the presence of U.S. troops on the Japanese island of Okinawa is controversial.


Plenty Of Room At Guantanamo Bay For Trump's 'Bad Dudes'

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

President Trump inherited 41 "law of war" captives in Guantanamo, well below the 242 there when Barack Obama took office. A visit to the prison camps finds them ready for more occupants.


Military Commissions Resume At Guantanamo

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The military commissions for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay have resumed. Former President Obama failed to close the prison. But President Trump has vowed to keep it open and send new detainees.


American Airstrikes Destroy Group Of ISIS Military Camps In Libya

Thursday, January 19, 2017

American B-2 stealth bombers destroyed a nest of ISIS military camps in Libya late Wednesday, the Pentagon said. It's the latest in a long series of American airstrikes designed to set back the progress of the terror group's efforts to spread from its home base in Iraq and Syria. Libya has been in chaos since U.S. and European militaries helped depose its onetime ruler without replacing him with a viable new government.


After 8 Years Of Unbroken War, Obama Hands Over Conflicts To Trump

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

President Obama is the first president to serve eight years with the U.S. at war nonstop, from beginning to end. Donald Trump now inherits ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.


After Years Of War, Trump Stands To Inherit Ongoing Conflicts

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

President-elect Trump will inherit ongoing conflicts with no end in sight when he takes the oath of office — a brutal fight against the Islamic State and a never-ending stalemate in Afghanistan.


Rep. Mike Pompeo Questioned By Senate Panel In Bid To Become CIA Director

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become President-elect Trump's director of the CIA. Pompeo is expected to face questioning about the role Russia played in meddling in the U.S. presidential election, the war against ISIS and other challenges. He is expected to be confirmed.


Trump Praises WikiLeaks Founder In Debate Over Russian Hacking

Thursday, January 05, 2017

In the debate over Russian hacking, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been praised by President-elect Donald Trump despite his controversial past.


Defense Secretary Ash Carter Predicts 'Tough Fight' Ahead To Retake Mosul

Thursday, December 22, 2016

In the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS, the Qayyarah Airfield West is a key staging base run by Iraqi and U.S. forces. Ash Carter visited there Dec. 11 and awarded medals to eight Iraqi soldiers.


Pentagon Chief Ash Carter Makes Unannounced Trip To Baghdad

Monday, December 12, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Baghdad on Sunday to discuss the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS. On Monday, he's in Israel, which becomes the first U.S. ally to receive the F-35 fighter.


U.S. Defense Secretary Seeks to Reassure An Anxious Japan

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is visiting Japan at a time when Tokyo is worried about its longstanding treaty with the U.S. and how President-elect Trump will deal with China.


Trump's Pick For Defense Secretary Known For Independent Thinking

Friday, December 02, 2016

Gen. James Mattis broke ranks with the Obama administration and left his post in charge of U.S. Central Command over his fixation on Iran as a threat to the U.S. Mattis is known as an independent thinker in the military. His past statements put him at odds with some of Donald Trump's views as well.


Judges Have More Power In Granting Warrants To Hack Digital Devices

Thursday, December 01, 2016

New rules let a federal court approve government searches of devices outside the court's district. The Justice Department wanted the change to keep up with technology. Opponents consider it scary.


Trump Presidency Casts Doubt Over Declassification Of CIA Torture Report

Monday, November 28, 2016

Only a few copies exist of the infamous CIA torture report, and the Senate committee that created them has called for the agencies that received them to return them. Activists and journalists are hoping to keep those copies at least extant, so they might one day be declassified and released. They fear that if all the copies are returned, they will be destroyed and the information lost forever.


Trump Appoints Michael Flynn, Mike Pompeo To Key National Security Posts

Friday, November 18, 2016

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a registered Democrat fired by President Obama as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been chosen by Donald Trump to be his national security adviser. Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo, who clashed with Hillary Clinton over the Benghazi attacks, is Trump's pick for CIA director. NPR looks at the men chosen for these key national security posts.


Trump Has Vowed To Fill Guantanamo With 'Some Bad Dudes' — But Who?

Monday, November 14, 2016

President Obama promised to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo. President-elect Trump has said he'll keep it open, though only 60 prisoners are there today.


'A Dangerous Situation' As U.S.-Russia Tensions Spill Over To Nuclear Pacts

Monday, October 31, 2016

Longstanding nonproliferation deals between the two countries are fraying. Bickering over nuclear issues has increased markedly in recent months, with each side accusing the other of cheating.


Next President To Face Challenges On Nuclear Weapons

Thursday, October 06, 2016

The presidential campaign has gone nuclear. A hacked recording of a Hillary Clinton fundraiser reveals her questioning a program putting nuclear warheads on cruise missiles. A question about the nuclear triad seemed to stump Donald Trump. And a very expensive nuclear stockpile modernization plan awaits whoever wins in November.


U.S.-Saudi Relations Appear To Enter A New Phase

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The vote to override Obama's veto of a Sept. 11 lawsuit bill pits lawmakers from both parties against Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, the Senate has cleared the way for arms sales to the kingdom.


Russian Hackers Doxxed Me. What Should I Do About It?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

NPR's David Welna was recently hacked by a pro-Kremlin website when he applied for press credentials in Ukraine. He's hardly alone. But it's an issue the U.S. government is reluctant to discuss.