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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

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump charm offensive a strategic bid to detach Russia from China: experts

While the administration is taking clear actions to counter Moscow, some regional experts argue President Trump is simultaneously engaged in a careful strategic dance to decouple Russia from China, which the White House sees as the more serious long-term threat to the U.S. Published July 17, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a press conference after the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Putin, Russia can't be trusted on Israel security pledge, experts warn Trump

President Trump and Vladimir Putin hinted Monday that they had reached an agreement in principle to crack down on Iranian proxy groups in war-torn Syria and to guarantee Israel's security in the process -- but experts warned that Moscow can't be trusted and said the White House is in danger of being played by the Russian president on the world stage. Published July 16, 2018

Austin, Texas, selected for Army Futures Command

Leaders in Austin, Texas, say their city is ready to play a central role in the Army's biggest reorganization effort in over more than decades and that the "unique combination of resources" in and around the state capital make it the ideal partner for the Pentagon. Published July 15, 2018

** FILE ** Capt. Philip Gunn participates in a flyover during the interment ceremony of retired Brig. Gen. Robinson Risner on Jan. 23, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery. (Image: Air Force)

Pentagon picks Austin, Texas, to host Army Futures Command

Defense Department leaders will announce Friday morning they've picked Austin as the epicenter of the Army's biggest reorganization effort in over four decades, according to The Associated Press, tapping the Texas capital to host the prestigious Army Futures Command. Published July 13, 2018

President Trump broached the subject of the Nord Stream 2 project, which wasn't expected to be on this week's NATO agenda. (Associated Press)

Trump stirs up NATO meeting with objection to Russian-German gas pipeline

President Trump on Wednesday stoked divisions in Europe by wading into the middle of an intense fight over the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, a project that critics fear will give Moscow new leverage in the region and could create a geopolitically dangerous Russian-German economic alliance. Published July 11, 2018

"Not all are committed to the responsible and sustainable use of space," Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told a House subcommittee. (Associated Press/File)

Pentagon can't work at warp speed to build Trump's 'Space Force'

President Trump demands quick results, but the Pentagon is about to test his patience as military leaders embark on a daunting mission to assess whether the commander in chief's call for an American "Space Force" is even practical. Published June 24, 2018

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks about the National Defense Review, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. China's expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are among the U.S. military's top national security priorities, the Pentagon said Friday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

James Mattis hails Germany's defense efforts

Twenty-four hours after his boss took yet another shot at Germany on Twitter, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis on Wednesday praised the European nation and said it's "on the right trajectory" with respect to its financial contributions to NATO, also telling reporters at the Pentagon that Berlin is an indispensable partner to the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. Published June 20, 2018

This March 27, 2008, file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon still mum on mysterious airstrike in Syria

Pentagon officials are staying quiet about a mysterious airstrike Sunday that struck Syrian regime forces near the Iraqi border, insisting the U.S. military didn't carry out the attack but refusing to offer any clarity on who did. Published June 19, 2018

Russia-to-Germany undersea pipeline unnerves U.S., riles region

It has driven a wedge between America and its allies, given Russia a chance to put a stranglehold on European energy markets and may even threaten U.S. national security, some observers suggest, by potentially doubling as a spy device. Published June 18, 2018