David Welna

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5 Questions About Rocks And Guns

Friday, November 02, 2018

Asked on Thursday if active duty soldiers being sent to the border with Mexico would fire on migrants who throw rocks, Trump said he hoped not. On Friday, he said soldiers would arrest them instead.


First Wave Of Troops Sent To U.S.-Mexico Border Arrives In Texas

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Active duty troops have begun moving to bases in the southwest, preparing for deployment along the U.S.-Mexico border.


6 Questions About An Arms Control Treaty On The Rocks

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty eliminated an entire class of nuclear weapons. President Trump says he intends to withdraw.


Why Trump Is Determined To Leave Arms Control Treaty With Russia

Monday, October 22, 2018

President Trump's declared intention to pull out of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty raises the odds of a new nuclear arms race and the repudiation of arms control as a check against nuclear Armageddon.


Prague 1968: Reforming A Soviet Communist Regime

Thursday, October 18, 2018

In Prague, the year 1968 began with a bold attempt to reform and liberalize its creaking Soviet communist regime from within - "socialism with a human face." Moscow responded harshly, dispatching tanks and hundreds of thousands of troops to crush the movement. 50 years later, authoritarianism is again on the rise in Eastern Europe. NOTE TO STATIONS: The word "bastard" is heard at 4:19.


Polish President Wants U.S. Military Base

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Polish President Andrzej Duda went to the White House with a big ask of President Trump: a permanent U.S. military base on Polish soil — named Fort Trump.


Military Introduces Promotion Changes In Attempt To Attract And Keep Better Officers

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The Pentagon has just been authorized to make changes to its officer promotion policy that would, among other actions, make it possible to stay on at one's rank rather than face up-or-out promotion peril.


What's Changed In Afghanistan Since President Trump Decided To Stay

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A year ago, President Trump said his original instinct was to pull out of Afghanistan. But he chose to stay. NPR looks at what's changed since then in Afghanistan — and what hasn't.


Trump Signs Annual Defense Policy Bill, Lists Many Things He Doesn't Like About It

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hours after President Trump signed into law the annual defense policy bill, he — like his recent predecessors — issued a signing statement challenging the constitutionality of 52 provisions in the bill.


Defense Budget Shifts Military's Focus From Terrorism To China And Russia

Sunday, August 05, 2018

The 2,500-page National Defense Authorization Act, which tells the Pentagon how to spend its budget, is headed to President Trump's desk for signature. A look at its key provisions.


FACT CHECK: U.S. And North Korea After Their Singapore Summit

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

President Trump has claimed his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has led that nation to begin the process of denuclearization and removed its threat to the United States. A fact check.


Doubts Remain Over North Korean Denuclearization

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The return of possible American GI remains is a hopeful sign from North Korea but Pyongyang continues to produce material needed to produce nuclear weapons.


In A Tumultuous Administration, Defense Secretary Endures

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis prevailed on a number of policy decisions in the first year of the Trump administration, but his positions have been rejected many times in the second year.


Arms Control Surfaced In Helsinki, But It's Likely Just Talk

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The U.S. and Russia still inspect each other's nuclear arsenals and have sharply curtailed the number of weapons poised to launch. That's thanks to two arms control treaties, which are now at risk.


How The Trump-Putin Summit Could Affect 2 Arms Control Treaties

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The U.S. and Russia possess 92 percent of the earth's atomic arsenal. Both recently announced plans to build new nuclear weapons. How will the Trump-Putin summit affect two non-proliferation treaties?


FACT CHECK: Trump's Claims On NATO Spending

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

President Trump bitterly criticizes many NATO member countries for not spending more on defense and says they owe the U.S. "massive amounts of money." The reality is more complicated.


The National Security Rationale

Friday, July 06, 2018

Trump isn't the first commander in chief to invoke national security as grounds for implementing controversial policies. From tariffs to his travel ban, how Trump's using the national security card.


Experts Skeptical That North Korea Is Serious About Denuclearizing

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Secretary of State Pompeo leaves for Pyongyang on Thursday, his first trip there since the U.S. and North Korea signed a declaration stating Pyongyang would work to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.


Pentagon Questioned Over Blackout On War Zone Troop Numbers

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

The Pentagon has stopped reporting troop levels for Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria following President Trump's declaration that the U.S. would not talk about troop numbers in Afghanistan.


Trump Calls For 'Space Force' To Defend U.S. Interests Among The Stars

Monday, June 18, 2018

The president wants a "separate but equal branch" of the military to watch over the final frontier, but only Congress can make it happen.