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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

U.S. Air Force Capt. Philip Gunn participates in a flyover during the internment ceremony of Brig. Gen. Robinson Risner, Jan. 23, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery. Risner was the Air Force's 20th ace and survived more than seven years of captivity as a prisoner during the Vietnam War. Gunn is a 336th Fighter Squadron weapons system officer assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (Courtesy photo)

Air Force plan to strip generals of authority

Senior Air Force leaders have drafted a budget-driven plan that would strip the three- and four-star generals who oversee major commands of their authority to manage their bases. Published May 12, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, before the House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the effects the government shutdown is having on benefits and services to veterans. About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

American Legion calls for ouster of VA secretary

The head of the American Legion on Monday took the extraordinary step of calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two top deputies in the wake of reports that dozens of veterans have died while waiting to receive medical attention at a VA facility in Phoenix. Published May 5, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to reporters about the Defense Department's sexual assault prevention and response program, Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Pentagon. Hagel said sexual assaults are a threat to both women and men in uniform. And he says the Pentagon must do more to fight a culture that discourages victims from reporting assault.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Hagel presses NATO allies for more defense spending

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel implored America's NATO allies to increase their defense amid Russian aggression toward its neighbors and expressed frustration that the United States is disproportionally footing the bill for the organization. Published May 2, 2014

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

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

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