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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

A soldier stands guard at the front gate entrance to Guantanamo's Camp 6 maximum-security detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba on May 12, 2009. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pentagon orders Gitmo tribunal judges to ditch side jobs

The Pentagon is directing judges who oversee military tribunals at a high-security detention facility in Cuba to stop juggling cases in other countries and focus solely on closing the cases of detainees charged with terrorism. Published January 9, 2015

The first F-35B fighter jet attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Yuma, Ariz., on Nov. 16, 2012. (Associated Press/The Yuma Sun, Craig Fry) ** FILE **

U.S. military to base new stealth jets in U.K.

The U.S. military is pulling refueling aircraft and intelligence collection airplanes out of three bases in east Britain over the next few years and turning that region of the world into a permanent home for its newest stealth jet. Published January 8, 2015

The futuristic GhostSwimmer will help the Navy patrol the seas. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants more innovative tools to extend "American dominance." (Associated Press)

Pentagon seeks weapons of tomorrow for today's wars

Robotic sea creatures designed to spy on potential threats and sniper bullets that change direction in midflight were among the futuristic weapons systems that helped to merge science fiction with unconventional warfare in 2014. Published January 7, 2015

In this April 14, 2014 photo provided by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, five kilograms of heroin found between a mattress and box spring of a bed in a New York City apartment is shown during a raid by Drug Enforcement Administration agents. Three men were arrested in the major drug bust that recovered more than $12 million in heroin and $500,000 in crystal meth from inside hidden compartments within two New York City apartments. (AP Photo/Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York)

DEA agent swapped gifts for favors to Mexican nationals, federal prosecutors say

A high-level U.S. drug enforcement agent stationed in Mexico is facing federal charges of fraud and making false statements after he accepted international flights, cash and the promise of a post-retirement job in exchange for performing "favors" on behalf of unidentified Mexican nationals, prosecutors say. Published January 6, 2015

Critics say the Pentagon is spending too much taxpayer money on bombastic displays like sending aircraft to fly over stadiums, such as at last week's college football Military Bowl between Virginia Tech and Cincinnati in Annapolis. (Associated Press)

Despite sequester cuts, Pentagon still splurges on Bowl games as recruiting tool

During the New Year's week sports extravaganza, Americans are digesting plenty of reminders about their armed forces. Navy was an official host sponsor of last weekend's Military Bowl in Annapolis, complete with a pregame parade. The Air Force flew F-15E jets over the stadium and had its parachute demonstration team swoop in at the Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise on Dec. 20. Published December 31, 2014

A Marine carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, 21, of Oceanside, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Defense Department, Buckley, died Aug. 10 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) ** FILE **

Federal judge orders Marine Corps to answer charges it discredited whistleblower

A federal judge has ordered the Marine Corps to answer to allegations that it has quietly tried to discredit a Reserve civil affairs officer in order to cover up his warnings about an Afghan police chief later tied to the fatal shootings of three troops on a base in southern Afghanistan. Published December 30, 2014

Young targets: Hospital security guards carried out the dead and wounded after the Taliban launched one of the most deadly terrorist attacks ever in Pakistan. Gunmen stormed an army-run school that teaches children in grades one through 10. (Associated Press)

Pakistan school massacre counters assertions Taliban crippled by U.S. drone strikes

Taliban militants killed 141 people — the vast majority of them children — in a sophisticated and brazen daylight attack on a military school in Peshawar that directly countered recent Pakistani government assertions that the terrorist group had been crippled by an ongoing military offensive and a series of U.S. drone strikes. Published December 16, 2014

Afghan and foreign security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. A least four people were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul early Tuesday, the latest in a series of fatal blasts to hit the Afghan capital. In what appears to have been a complex attack, a small truck packed with explosives rammed the gate of a compound housing foreigners on the city's eastern outskirts soon after sunrise, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Doubts about Afghan forces rise after attack in capital

A Taliban attack in Afghanistan's fortified capital Tuesday triggered fresh concerns about the ability of U.S.-trained Afghan security forces to secure Kabul as international combat troops withdraw from the war-torn nation. Published November 18, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pauses during a news conference at the Pentagon, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, where he announced that he is ordering top-to-bottom changes in how the nation's nuclear arsenal is managed, vowing to invest billions of dollars more to fix what ails a force beset by leadership lapses, security flaws and sagging morale. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

$10 billion needed to upgrade nuclear weapons systems, Hagel says

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that Pentagon plans to spend nearly $10 billion upgrading the nation's nuclear weapons enterprise over the next five years and significantly overhaul the program's management structure. Published November 14, 2014

A group of selected Marines representing Camp Pendleton listen as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel answers their questions during his short visit to the base Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. Hagel announced the deployment of another 130 U.S. troops to Iraq in remarks to Marines at this Southern California base on the final stop of a weeklong, around-the-world trip that also took him to India, Germany and Australia. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)

Obama deploys 1,500 more U.S. troops to Iraq

President Obama is sending up to 1,500 more U.S. military personnel to Iraq to serve as non-combat advisers in the fight against Islamic State terrorists, the White House said Friday. Published November 7, 2014