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Maggie Ybarra

Maggie Ybarra

Maggie Ybarra is military affairs and Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Maggie Ybarra


Bergdahl questioning set for Wednesday

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will meet Wednesday with the two-star general who is overseeing an investigation into his disappearance from a combat outpost in 2009, according to his attorney. Published August 4, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where he recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Additional Army cuts rattle Pentagon

The Army plans to notify about 500 majors over the next month that they must leave the military service as part of a eye-popping Pentagon plan to shrink number of active-duty soldiers from about 513,000 to 490,000 by 2015. Published August 1, 2014

A Ukrainian government army soldier rests on his tank at a block-post in the village of Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. With the sound of artillery blasts at a distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the eastern Ukraine site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed and began a painstaking search for the remains of as many as 80 victims. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Pentagon wants extra $19M to equip, train Ukrainian troops

The Pentagon has notified Congress of a plan to increase the amount of money that it is spending on bolstering the defense capabilities of the Ukrainian military, with the majority of that funding going toward equipping and training national guard troops to conduct various missions. Published August 1, 2014

Obama: 'Not a new Cold War,' but new Russia sanctions announced

President Obama announced a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday, saying Russia must pay an increasingly high price for its military aggression in Ukraine and the downing of a passenger jet. Published July 29, 2014

Afghan special forces hold their weapons after a gunbattle with insurgents near the Afghan parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

Report: 40% of weapons sent to Afghanistan are unaccounted for

A government oversight agency says the Pentagon has lost track of more than 40 percent of the firearms it has provided to Afghanistan's security forces, prompting officials to contemplate a "carrot and stick" approach to arming the fledgling military. Published July 27, 2014

Russian soldiers stand near a tank at a former Ukrainian military base in Perevalne, outside Simferopol, Crimea, March 27, 2014. Russia last week completed the annexation of Crimea following a referendum in which an overwhelming number of residents voted to break off from Ukraine and join Russia. The vote, rejected by Ukraine and the West, was hastily called after Russian forces had overtaken the peninsula. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russia firing artillery into Ukraine: Pentagon

U.S. government officials said Thursday that Russian troops have been firing artillery at the Ukraine military, a brash new level of cross-border tension that the Pentagon has characterized an uptick in Russian provocation. Published July 24, 2014

The Pentagon. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Pentagon, Arlington to train for shooter situation

The Defense Department's security agency and Arlington County firefighters are cross training so that they will be able to collectively rush into an active-shooter scenario at the Pentagon armed with medical supplies and weapons — a new tactic that will be deployed the next time the government building is under siege. Published July 17, 2014

Russian troops march during the Victory Day Parade in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 9, 2014. Thousands of Russian troops marched on Red Square in the annual Victory Day parade in a proud display of the nation's military might amid escalating tensions over Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russian forces return to Ukraine border

Russian combat forces are again building their presence along the Ukraine border, fueling speculation that military activity there could escalate. Published July 16, 2014


Army: Bergdahl returned to active duty

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular duty Monday, a development that one key lawmaker said keeps open the possibility that he may be charged in a military court martial with deserting his unit in Afghanistan in 2009. Published July 14, 2014

North Korea seeks allies as China accord cools

A string of unexpected, even odd, overtures from North Korea to its neighbors in recent days is fueling speculation that the isolated nation and its mercurial leader could be seeking to broaden its diplomatic options elsewhere in the region to account for a cooling relationship with Pyongyang's principal ally, China. Published July 8, 2014