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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the Pentagon, military and foreign affairs for The Washington Times.

Previously, he covered energy and the environment, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016, and also spent two years as a White House correspondent during the Obama administration.

Before coming to The Times in 2011, Ben worked as political reporter at The Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan smiles as he addresses a conference on judicial reform strategy, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool) ** FILE **

Turkey takes first delivery of Russian S-400 missile system

Turkey on Friday received its first shipment of the Russian-made S-400 missile system, ignoring repeated warnings from the Trump administration and raising the very real risk of U.S. economic sanctions. Published July 12, 2019

U.S. Ambassador Jackie Wolcott, in front, and Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Gharib Abadi, background right, wait for the start of the IAEA board of governors meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

U.S. threatens Iran with 'crushing' sanctions at emergency U.N. meeting

The U.S. confronted Iran on the world stage Wednesday and threatened even more crushing economic sanctions if Tehran doesn't halt its uranium enrichment program, but the Trump administration also found itself on the defensive at home and abroad over how it has handled the escalating crisis. Published July 10, 2019

Pentagon crafting plan to counter Iranian ship attacks

The Pentagon is crafting a multinational plan to stop further Iranian attacks on commercial ships in the Strait of Hormuz and elsewhere in the region, top military officials said Tuesday, detailing the international community's approach to ensure oil tankers and other vessels can move safely. Published July 10, 2019

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with the Health Ministry officials, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP) ** FILE **

Iran blows past limit on enriched uranium stockpiles, blames Trump

Iran has broken through the international limit on its stockpile of uranium in the 2015 nuclear deal and is poised to dramatically ramp up enrichment, officials in Tehran said Monday as they blamed President Trump for kick-starting a crisis and put the burden on the U.S. and Europe to find a way out. Published July 1, 2019

Mark T. Esper, who became acting defense secretary two weeks ago, will have to step down while he goes through the Senate confirmation process for a permanent position, meaning the Pentagon will have a fourth leader since the end of December. (Associated Press/File)

Another shake-up: Esper to make way for Pentagon's fourth leader in six months

President Trump's decision to slow-walk the installation of a permanent defense secretary, coupled with an obscure federal staffing law, has left the Pentagon poised to get its fourth leader in just the past six months -- all while military tensions between the U.S. and Iran remain at a boiling point and a massive defense policy bill is making its way through Congress. Published June 30, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with heads of world's leading news agencies at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 6, 2019. Putin has told reporters that Moscow has no intention to deploy its troops or set up military bases in Venezuela. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP)

Russia perfecting gray zone operations, Pentagon report warns

Russia has fine-tuned its hybrid-warfare strategy and has used it to project power and influence around the world, a major new Pentagon study says. The study argues that the U.S. must develop a more robust, comprehensive strategy to counter Moscow's 21st-century aggression. Published June 30, 2019

In this Sunday, March 30, 2014, photo, Islamic State group militants hold up their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo) **FILE**

ISIS poised to return with 'even more aggressive insurgency': Report

The Islamic State is reconstituting itself across Iraq and Syria and is poised to wage an "even more aggressive insurgency" in the months ahead, according to a major new study that claims the terrorist network is far from dead and buried. Published June 26, 2019

President Donald Trump salutes during a review of troops during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Trump warns Iran of 'obliteration' over any more attacks on U.S. military

Iran faces "obliteration" if it ever again launches attacks on the U.S. military, President Trump warned Tuesday, trading new threats and insults with leaders in Tehran as the prospect of a diplomatic solution to the soaring tensions between the two nations seems to be fading. Published June 25, 2019

President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, gives a thumbs up as the walk to Air Force One, as they depart Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is going to London, France and Ireland. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

U.S. cyberattack strikes Iran's military computers

The U.S. launched a sweeping cyberattack against the Iranian military last week in direct response to Iran's downing of an American surveillance drone, U.S. officials told the Associated Press over the weekend, confirming that President Trump personally approved the retaliatory measures. Published June 23, 2019