David Welna

David Welna appears in the following:

Haspel Vows To Get CIA Back To Its Traditional Mission

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Gina Haspel, nominee to be director of CIA, vows before a Senate committee at her confirmation hearing that she won't "restart a detention and interrogation program."

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Pentagon Wants To Deploy 'Low-Yield' Nuclear Weapons To Deter Russia From Similar Ones

Monday, May 07, 2018

Even as the Trump administration excoriates Iran and North Korea on nuclear arms, Congress is set to fund a new, "low-yield" atomic weapon. The Pentagon says one is needed to plausibly deter any plans by Russia to use smaller nukes. Critics say such a "useable" nuke would increase, not decrease, the likelihood of the nuclear war that military planners say they want to avoid.

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News Brief: Paul Ryan To Retire, Trump Threatens Syria Strikes

Thursday, April 12, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will not run for re-election. Also, we look at the legality of potential U.S. missile strikes on Syria and Russia's response.

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What's At Stake In A Potential Syria Strike

Thursday, April 12, 2018

President Trump has threatened military action in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria. We look at the implications and the legal basis for a strike.

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U.S. Still Considering How To Respond To Suspected Chemical Attack In Syria

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A suspected chemical weapons attack this past weekend on a rebel stronghold near Damascus, Syria has prompted international outrage and threats from President Trump of a military response.

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5 Questions About Syria And Chemical Weapons

Monday, April 09, 2018

Syria is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention and says it neither possesses nor uses chemical weapons. Evidence indicates otherwise.

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As Fighting Season Begins In Afghanistan, Trump Administration Aims For Peace Talks

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Trump administration aims to turn up the heat on the Taliban and force those fighters into peace talks proposed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Positive assessments by U.S. commanders there during a visit by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are a stark contrast to darker appraisals from the U.S. intelligence community and a top Afghanistan scholar.

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U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes In Iraq, Killing 7 People

Friday, March 16, 2018

There are no survivors from the crash of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter. U.S. military officials say the aircraft went down after hitting a power line in western Anbar province.

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Defense Secretary Mattis Sends More Troops To Afghanistan With Hopes To End War

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is traveling in the Middle East after a two-day trip to Afghanistan. NPR's David Welna is traveling with Mattis and talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about the Trump Administration's goals to end the war there.

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Mattis Aims To Curb Iran's Influence On The Arabian Peninsula

Monday, March 12, 2018

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is in Oman to discuss U.S. efforts to block Iranian arms shipments to Houthi rebels in Yemen. U.S. special forces are fighting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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NSA Chief: U.S. Response 'Hasn't Changed The Calculus' Of Russian Interference

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Adm. Michael Rogers says Russian President Vladimir Putin has concluded he can continue to meddle in U.S. cyberspace with little price to pay.

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U.S. Officials Say Scheduled Transfer Of Guantanamo Bay Detainee Is Not Happening Yet

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

There are six detainees cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay. One was scheduled to be transferred to Saudi Arabian custody Tuesday, but U.S. officials now say that's not happening. The five others have been awaiting placement in a third country for years, but the State Department office assigned to place them remains vacant.

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Guantanamo's Near-Empty Lockups Have Been Readied For More Prisoners

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is ready to accept more captives who may be sent there under President Trump's newly signed order to keep the prison open.

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Veterans Are Divided On Response To Trump's Desire For Military Parade

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Veterans are divided on President Trump's desire for a military parade. Many believe it is a fitting tribute to the all-volunteer force, others worry it will be misinterpreted as a show of force.

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News Brief: State Of The Union, FEMA Ending Emergency Puerto Rico Aid

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

We have analysis of President Trump's first State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Also, FEMA is ending emergency food and water aid in Puerto Rico.

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Trump Signs Order To Keep Guantanamo Open

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

President Trump announced during his first State of the Union address that he signed an executive order to keep the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba open as part of his national security agenda.

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Decades After They Were Held Captive By North Koreans, U.S. Crew Seeks Compensation

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fifty years ago, 82 American crew members of a Navy spy ship were taken hostage by North Korea. Three crew members were part of a $9 million settlement in 2017, but others have yet to be compensated.

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Remembering North Korea's Audacious Capture of the USS Pueblo

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

50 years ago North Korea attacked and captured a U.S. Navy spy ship. The U.S. chose negotiation rather than force to free the crew. Both sides learned lessons that resonate to the present day.

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House Approves Bill To Renew Spying Powers

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The House approved a six-year extension of FISA Section 702, which permits the government to collect information on U.S. citizens if they are communicating with a foreigner abroad under surveillance. The bill will now go to the Senate.

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Controversey Over Guantanamo Prisoner's Art

Monday, January 01, 2018

An art show at New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice of work done by accused terrorist captives at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has led to a Pentagon crackdown. One inmate's lawyers say their client's artwork is evidence of torture.

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