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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.

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Articles by Ben Wolfgang

In this Dec. 10, 2015, file photo, U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tanks prepare to cross the Hantan river during a river crossing operation, part of an annual joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

Ukraine fumes as NATO members slow roll tank aid

U.S. defense officials try to fend off criticism of a Western coalition that is taking increased fire for a reluctance to deploy its most advanced ground combat vehicles to the battlefield. Published January 22, 2023

In this Oct. 21, 2019, photo, a member of the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Battalion of the 9th Regiment, 1st Division from Fort Hood in Texas prepares to unload Abrams battle tanks from rail cars as they arrive at the Pabrade railway station some 50 km (31 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) **FILE**

NATO member tank wars frustrate Ukraine as it pleads for stronger defense

Ukrainian leaders vented their frustrations with European allies, particularly Germany, on Thursday for refusing to send tanks to aid in Kyiv's war with Russia, while U.S. defense officials tried to fend off criticism of a Western coalition that is taking increased fire for its reluctance to deploy its most advanced ground-combat vehicles to the battlefield. Published January 19, 2023

In this image from video provided by the Department of Defense labeled Gimbal, from 2015, an unexplained object is seen at the center as it is tracked as it soars high along the clouds, traveling against the wind. (Department of Defense via AP) **FILE**

Threat Status: Hundreds of new UFO sightings reported

The Pentagon's latest bombshell report found that most of those UFO encounters remain unexplained, with many of the strange craft exhibiting "unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities." Published January 18, 2023

In this photo released Thursday, June 10, 2021, by the Iranian army, Iranian warships seen in the Atlantic Ocean. Iran has dispatched two warships to the Atlantic Ocean, a rare mission to demonstrate the country's maritime power, state TV reported Thursday, without specifying the vessels' final destination. (Iranian Army via AP) **FILE**

Iran will send ships to Panama Canal in military mission

Iran will dispatch warships to the Panama Canal this year, Iranian officials vowed Thursday in a sign that Tehran seeks to expand its military footprint far beyond the Middle East and into America's backyard. Published January 12, 2023

President Joe Biden meets virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, on Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Threat Status: Biden fumbles into 2023 on foreign policy

Russia's unending war in Ukraine, North Korea's expanding nuclear weapons threats and China's increasing military moves toward Taiwan are among the complex global security challenges President Biden faces as he heads into the second half of his term in 2023. Published January 8, 2023

In this image released by the U.S. Department of Defense, German soldiers assigned to Surface Air and Missile Defense Wing 1, fire the Patriot weapons system at the NATO Missile Firing Installation, in Chania, Greece, on Nov. 8, 2017. Patriot missile systems have long been a hot ticket item for the U.S. and allies in contested areas of the world as a coveted shield against incoming missiles. In Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific, they guard against potential strikes from Iran, Somalia and North Korea. So it was a critical turning point when news broke this week that the U.S. has agreed to send a Patriot missile battery to Ukraine. (Sebastian Apel/U.S. Department of Defense, via AP, File)

Threat Status: No end in sight

Washington is still abuzz about the pre-Christmas visit last week by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who traveled outside his country for the first time since Russia's February invasion and met with President Biden at the White House. Published December 28, 2022