David Welna

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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.


Why Lawmakers Are Trying To Block Delivery Of Fighter Jets To Turkey

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Turkey is scheduled to get its first F-35 jet fighters next week, but it is also considering buying Russia's most advanced anti-aircraft system. Congress is moving to block delivery of the warplane.


'Shaking The Hand Of Peace': Unpacking Trump's North Korea Movie Trailer

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A four-minute fake movie trailer created by the Trump administration for Kim Jong Un is decidedly odd. Culture critic Glen Weldon asks National Security Correspondent David Welna what it all means.


'Complete, Verifiable, Irreversible' A Tough Goal For North Korea Summit

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The Trump administration's terms for North Korea's denuclearization verge on the impossible, some former negotiators say: "There's no way of doing something that's irreversible, that I know of."


Lessons Of A Collapsed North Korean Nuclear Deal

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Nearly a quarter-century ago, the U.S. signed an agreement aimed at stalling North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons. That deal collapsed eight years later.


Experts Say Denuclearizing North Korea Is No Small Task

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

President Trump says he wants North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program permanently. Those who've seen the program say denuclearization, if it happens, would likely take a very long time.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.