David Welna

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Democrats Have Tough Questions For Esper, Nominee To Head The Pentagon

Friday, July 19, 2019

Army Secretary Mark Esper is hoping to be confirmed by the Senate to be defense secretary. At his confirmation hearing, he faced tough questions about his years as a top defense contractor lobbyist.


U.S.-Turkey Relations Threatened After Turkey Accepts Air Defense System From Russia

Monday, July 15, 2019

Turkey purchased the S-400 missile defense system from Russia, jeopardizing its relationship with the U.S. and NATO. But there has been mixed messaging from Washington, D.C., about the consequences.


Turkey Receives First Delivery Of Russian Missile System

Friday, July 12, 2019

Turkey accepted a delivery of the first components of Russia's advanced S-400 missile system, putting into question its acquisition of a U.S. F-35 jet fighter.


Declaring His Independence, Rep. Amash Leaves The GOP

Thursday, July 04, 2019

The 39-year-old, whose father was a Palestinian refugee, wrote in The Washington Post that he supported Republican candidates throughout his early adult life and was elected as a Republican.


At Odds With His Administration, Trump Appears To Give Turkey A Pass

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Turkey's president said after meeting President Trump in Japan that Trump agreed that Turkey could buy both the Russian S-400 air defense system and the F-35 fighter. That is counter to the position of Congress and the Pentagon.


Senate To Vote On Measure Regarding President Trump's War Authority

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Senate will vote Friday on a measure that would require President Trump to obtain prior congressional approval for military action against Iran.


Medal Of Honor Awarded To Iraq War Veteran

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Retired Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia received the nation's highest medal for heroism for saving his squad in Fallujah, Iraq. Bellavia is the first living veteran of that war to be so honored.


First Living Veteran Of Iraq War To Receive Medal Of Honor

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Retired Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia will be award the Medal of Honor Tuesday at the White House. He turned 29 years old the day his heroic act initially earned him a Silver Star in 2004


Iran Response: Trump Falls Into History Of Long-Fraught Decision-Making

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Iran's downing of a U.S. drone has left the Trump administration searching for an appropriate response. The Reagan administration faced similar Iranian defiance during the so-called Tanker Wars.


U.S. Considered Military Airstrikes Against Iran

Friday, June 21, 2019

Overnight, the New York Times -- and then other news outlets — reported that President Trump had authorized a U.S. military strike in response to the Iranian downing of a U.S. Navy drone.


Tensions With Iran Unlikely To Lead To Repeat Of 'Tanker War'

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The recent attacks on oil tankers amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran has happened before. In the 1980s, the U.S. needed Gulf oil. Today, not so much.


Partisanship Could Play A Role In This Year's Defense Budget

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The annual defense policy bill has long been a paragon of bipartisanship. But not this year. For the first time in the Trump presidency, Democrats run the House Armed Services Committee.


Senators Aim To Block Trump's $8 Billion Arm Sales To Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Trump administration approved arms sales to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Jordan without congressional approval. There is bipartisan opposition to the deals and efforts to reverse them.


Selective Service Registration Comes Under Fire Again

Monday, May 27, 2019

Despite the all-volunteer military, men in the U.S. still have to register for the draft when they turn 18. But the fairness of the system, and its very existence, are again being questioned.


Women And The Draft

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Now that no jobs in the military are off-limits to women, a federal judge has declared mandatory male-only draft registration to be unconstitutional. Should women now be required to register as well?


Trump Administration Announces Measures Aimed At Ending Maduro's Rule In Venezuela

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton spoke in Miami Wednesday about "security threats" posed by Cuba and Venezuela. The remarks came as the Pentagon plans to increase pressure on Venezuela.


U.S.-Turkey Rift Centers On Russian Missile Defense System

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Senior Turkish officials came to Washington to tamp down a growing showdown over their plans to install a Russian missile air defense system. They hope President Trump will waive mandatory sanctions.


WikiLeaks Disclosures Affected U.S. Diplomacy And National Security

Friday, April 12, 2019

WikiLeaks was already established for posting secret documents from anonymous leakers before its disclosure of U.S. government and military information in 2010. We have a timeline of key disclosures.


12 Years Of Disruption: A WikiLeaks Timeline

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The impact of WikiLeaks on the world's politics, journalism and culture has been transformative. Here are the highlights.


5 Dark Clouds Hanging Over NATO's 70th Anniversary

Thursday, April 04, 2019

History's most enduring multination military alliance turned 70 Thursday, but it was a milestone more notable for festering disputes than celebrations of harmony.