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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 mybarra@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Maggie Ybarra

Concerns that the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin is exacerbating the widening destabilization of Ukraine has drawn a U.S. military presence to provide a show of force and contain the crisis. (Associated Press)

U.S., Russia bolster communications to prevent accidental confrontation

With tensions between Washington and Moscow soaring over the crisis in Ukraine, top defense officials on both sides have been quietly working on enhancing communications to prevent a sudden or accidental U.S.-Russian military confrontation in the region. Published April 29, 2014

Aeronautical frontier: Dassault Aviation has developed the Neuron, a stealth combat drone, through a project involving several European countries. A report predicts that Europe will spend billions of dollars in research for drones in coming years as it starts to catch up with U.S. technology. (Associated Press)

Europe, Asia plan to spend big on drone development

By 2022, the United States is projected to spend less than half the worldwide total on drone research and development, as other countries — principally in Asia — step up production of own unmanned aircraft, according to a report by national security consulting firm Forecast International. Published April 28, 2014

Ukrainian government troops atop an armored personal carrier travel on a country road outside the town of Svyitohirsk near Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Ukrainian authorities are undertaking a security operation to liberate the nearby city of Slovyansk, which is currently controlled by an armed pro-Russian insurgency. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Hagel asks Russians to declare their intentions in Ukraine

Hagel posed the question when he spoke to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu by phone Monday, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby. During that conversation, Shoigu assured Hagel that Russian forces will not invade Ukraine. Published April 28, 2014

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Hagel pledges nonlethal military aid to Ukraine

The Pentagon will begin shipping nonlethal military aid to Ukraine and extend the deployment of fighter jets providing security to Poland in response to what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Russia's "dangerously irresponsible" actions. Published April 17, 2014

USS Hue City (File photo provided by U.S. Navy)

On-board fire hobbles Navy guided-missile cruiser

A charred Navy guided-missile cruiser is making its way across the Atlantic Ocean toward Europe after a fire broke out in a gas turbine generator, Navy officials said Tuesday. Published April 15, 2014

NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove gestures during an interview with the Associated Press in Paris, Wednesday April 9, 2014, as he talks about his mission to formulate a plan to help protect and reassure NATO members nearest Russia. NATO’s top military commander in Europe, Breedlove is tasked with drafting countermoves to the perceived Russian military threat against Ukraine. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

NATO set to consider proposals for beefing up military presence in Eastern Europe

NATO's highest political decision-making body and its military committee have been mulling over a report that shows an array of air, land and naval options the alliance can tap to support skittish Easter European allies that see Russian forces amassing along the Ukraine border as a threat to their sovereignty. Published April 15, 2014