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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper's State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He's also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He's also served as an editor at World Politics Review, written for America's Quarterly and produced news videos and feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University. After a stint at States News Service, he spent five years at The Times from 2001 through 2006, first on the metro desk and later reporting from Iraq, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Guantanamo Bay, in addition to pursuing special assignments throughout the U.S. He was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, speak at a press conference at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Monday, February 24, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Hagel plans Pentagon cuts that would take Army to pre-WWII levels

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that the Army must shrink to pre-World War II troop levels to preserve funding for elite counterterrorism operations and maintain the cybersecurity programs needed to counter threats by emerging rivals such as China. Published February 24, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

U.S. warns Russia to keep its military out of Ukraine

The Obama administration warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday not to react too aggressively to the fast-moving developments in Ukraine, where pro-Western demonstrators forced the nation's Moscow-backed president from power over the weekend. Published February 23, 2014

"For the very first time, we have learned to live with what we have," Greek Ambassador Christos P. Panagopoulos said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Greece seeks debt relief with rare budget surplus, ambassador says

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top Greek diplomat in Washington says his nation's first budget surplus in more than a decade should go a long way toward persuading international creditors to ease up on some of the austerity measures that have been forced on Athens. Published February 18, 2014

A convoy of vehicles and fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant travels in Iraq's Anbar province. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The tangled web of words that 'al Qaeda' has become

Was it al Qaeda "core," al Qaeda "prime" or al Qaeda "central," or was it an al Qaeda "affiliate" an al Qaeda "linked" or an al Qaeda "inspired" group? Or was it just al Qaeda? Published February 16, 2014

Secretary of State John F. Kerry holds a press conference Thursday in Seoul with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. Mr. Kerry is on a mission aimed largely at easing tensions between China and its smaller neighbors over territorial disputes and exploring ways to restart long-stalled multiparty talks on ridding North Korea of nuclear weapons. (Associated Press)

Two Koreas set to hold highest level talks in 7 years as U.S. warns North on nukes

With North and South Korea slated to hold another round of direct talks Friday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry praised the two sides for entering into their highest-level engagement in seven years but warned that Washington won't join the talks until Pyongyang takes "meaningful action" toward denuclearization. Published February 13, 2014

In this May 28, 2007 file photo, a young boy seeks shelter behind a soldier with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne division after gunshots rang out at the scene where just a few minutes earlier a suicide car bomber blew himself up in a busy commercial district in central Baghdad. killing at least 21 people and wounding 66. In the beginning, it all looked simple: topple Saddam Hussein, destroy his purported weapons of mass destruction and lay the foundation for a pro-Western government in the heart of the Arab world. Nearly 4,500 American and more than 100,000 Iraqi lives later, the objective now is simply to get out _ and leave behind a country where democracy has at least a chance, where Iran does not dominate and where conditions may not be good but "good enough." (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Suicide attacks by foreign fighters skyrocket in Iraq

The leading al Qaeda-inspired group in Syria and Iraq is tapping a “global network” of foreign fighters to carry out a surging number of suicide bombings in Iraq, the Obama administration’s top diplomat for the region said Wednesday. Published February 5, 2014

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told a Senate Panel on Tuesday that U.S. officials have informed foreign companies looking to do business in Iran that "we will in fact go after them, that we will sanction them ... if they evade our sanctions." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

State official: Iran 'not open for business'

Washington's top diplomat for Iranian nuclear negotiations stressed on Tuesday that the recent easing of U.S. sanctions on the Islamic republic is "limited" and "temporary," and threatened to "go after" foreign companies rushing to do business with Tehran in sectors where restrictions are still in place. Published February 4, 2014

** FILE **  Members of Ahrar al-Sham brigade, one of the Syrian rebels groups, exercise in a train camp at unknown place in Syria. The growing muscle of an al Qaeda linked Syrian group is casting a grim shadow over northern Syria, where extremist militants have turned their attention to seizing activists who cover their country. (AP Photo)

Al Qaeda-like groups evolving, share goal of killing Americans

The landscape of Islamist terrorist groups is expanding in complex ways around the world, according to terrorism analysts who told Congress on Tuesday that while many groups have not formally aligned with al Qaeda, they share the original network's goals of killing Americans and establishing hard-line Islamic rule over various regions. Published February 4, 2014

This Oct. 5, 2011, photo, provided by the U.S. Navy, shows Vice Adm. Michael Rogers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is announcing that Rogers, the head of the Navy's Cyber Command, has been chosen to be the next chief of the troubled National Security Agency. Rogers, also a former intelligence director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is being nominated to replace Army Gen. Keith Alexander. (AP Photo.U.S. Navy)

Obama will nominate Navy Vice Adm. Rogers to head NSA

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will nominate Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers to become the next director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command. Published January 30, 2014

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens at left as CIA Director John Brennan, center, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on current and projected national security threats against the US. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is at right. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Intelligence leaks top terrorism in threat assessment

Syria has become a hotbed for al Qaeda training, Iran’s nuclear ambitions will hinge on the country’s internal politics, post-Arab Spring violence is likely to grow over the coming year, and the threat of a massive cyber attack on American interests is increasing. Published January 29, 2014

**FILE** OES Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones at the Towards a Safer World conference in Rome, Italy. (U.S. Department of State)

State Department bureau's climate change data can't be relied upon, audit says

While President Obama is expected to tout his progress on environmental issues in Tuesday's State of the Union address, a recent government audit exposed serious organizational problems that continue to lurk beneath the surface of the administration's effort to confront climate change. Published January 28, 2014

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Glyn Davies listens to a reporter's question during a press conference at a hotel in Beijing, China Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Davies on Tuesday urged North Korea to pardon imprisoned American Kenneth Bae, saying he was in poor health and needed to return home. Davies’ call for Bae’s freedom follows a news conference the missionary gave earlier this month at which he said his situation was growing more difficult. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

State Dept. confirms Kerry visit with family of Kenneth Bae

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed on Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry met with the family of Kenneth Bae, the imprisoned pastor who has been in North Korea custody for months. Published January 28, 2014

As seen from the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama works at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, ahead of Tuesday night's State of the Union speech. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama’s state of the world: Freedom lost

The world has grown less free on President Obama's watch, and the U.S. has been left on the free trade sidelines as other countries have pushed bilateral trade agreements. Published January 27, 2014

**FILE** Vice President Joe Biden and Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi gesture toward their seats at the start of their meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 22, 2014. (Associated Press)

Iraqi leader: Nation on course for Syria-style civil war

The highest-ranking elected Sunni leader in Iraq painted a bleak picture of his nation's future Thursday, telling an audience in Washington that without serious and quick reconciliation between sectarian political parties, the country could be swallowed by a war comparable to the one now raging in Syria. Published January 23, 2014

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem leads his delegation during a plenary session in Montreux, Switzerland, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says there is no way that Syrian President Bashar Assad can be part of a transitional government that's being discussed at an international conference aimed at ending the country's brutal conflict. (AP Photo/Gary Cameron, Pool)

Syria talks open with clash on Assad’s fate

The clash between Washington and its adversaries over whether an end to Syria's war can be achieved without the resignation of President Bashar Assad was on full display Wednesday as a long-delayed international peace conference got underway in Switzerland. Published January 22, 2014