David Welna

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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.


As Tensions Rise, Experts Question Threat Level Posed By North Korea

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.


'Unmasking' 101: The Next Chapter In The Trump-Russia Imbroglio

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.


Intelligence Leaks Complicate Efforts To Renew Key Surveillance Program

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.


Congress Calls For Vote On Authorizing Use Of Force In Syria

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.


North Korea Likely To Overshadow Chinese President's U.S. Visit

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.


Russia Investigation Has Echoes Of Watergate Probe

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.