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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the Pentagon 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

Two U.S. Air Force F-22 fighter jets perform a flyover during the playing of the national anthem before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) ** FILE **

Air Force pilot dead in T-38C Talon supersonic jet crash in Texas

An Air Force pilot is dead and another was hospitalized after an Air Force T-38C Talon aircraft crashed at Laughlin Air Force Base in south Texas late Tuesday, military officials said, marking the fifth incident this year involving the supersonic jet and shining on a new spotlight on an already embattled base. Published November 14, 2018

In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, center, is greeted by Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan, left, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis before speaking at an event on the creation of a United States Space Force at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Case for Space Force lies with Defense Department officials, experts say

President Trump's Space Force faces a much tougher launch after last week's midterm elections -- and experts say it'll be up to top generals and Defense Department officials to face down skeptical Democrats on Capitol Hill and persuade them to get on board. Published November 11, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, a man stands among the rubble of the Alsonidar Group's water pump and pipe factory after it was hit by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said early Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, it had "requested cessation of inflight refueling" by the U.S. for its fighter jets after American officials said they would stop the operations amid growing anger over civilian casualties from the kingdom's airstrikes. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

U.S. ends refueling of Saudi jets engaged in Yemeni conflict

The Pentagon said late Friday the U.S. would no longer refuel planes for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition battling Houthi rebels in Yemen, suggesting the Trump administration may be taking concrete steps to end support for the controversial war amid continued reports of high civilian casualties. Published November 10, 2018

FILE - This combination of file photos shows Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidates in the November election from left, Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican Leah Vukmir. (Janesville Gazette/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Wisconsin: Baldwin fends off GOP's Vukmir for 2nd Senate term

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin sailed to re-election Tuesday, fending off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir in Wisconsin and ending the GOP's hopes of picking up a seat in a state President Trump won in 2016. Published November 6, 2018

In this Sunday, March 30, 2014, file 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)

Elimination of ISIS 'could take years,' Pentagon inspector general says

The Islamic State has lost the vast majority of physical territory it once held, but fully defeating the terrorist group and rooting out sleeper cells that have spread across the Middle East and Africa "could take years," the Defense Department inspector general said in a sweeping report Monday that suggests final victory remains far off. Published November 5, 2018

Sen. Joe Manchin speaks to reporters after a debate with Patrick Morrisey Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey sparred on several issues during their only debate Thursday night, including the opioid epidemic and the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

Manchin, Morrisey spar over opioids, Trump in fiery West Virginia Senate debate

From opioids to open borders to President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, the race to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Senate turned ugly Thursday night as the two candidates traded vicious attacks on each other's credibility and made their final pitches to undecided voters in the crucial contest. Published November 1, 2018

West Virginia liberals back Manchin despite Kavanaugh vote, support for Trump

Joe Manchin's disconnect from his own party reached its apex last month when he was the only Democrat to back Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. The vote angered and bewildered liberals, though many across the state told The Washington Times this week that they will hold their noses and cast a ballot for him, anyway. Published October 31, 2018

This June 5, 2018 file photo shows West Virginia Attorney General and GOP Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey at a press conference in Charleston, W.Va. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File) **FILE**

Manchin, Morrisey clash on health care as crucial West Virginia Senate contest looms

With just one week until Election Day in a contest that could prove crucial in determining which party controls the Senate, incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III clashed Tuesday with his Republican foe, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, as both men tried to undermine the other's credibility on health care and continued protections for preexisting conditions. Published October 30, 2018