Ben Wolfgang | Stories - Washington Times
Skip to content

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

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

The rapid proliferation of drones around the world could mark a turning point in warfare and, given how vulnerable some vehicles are to small-drone attacks, may lead to wholesale changes in how ground-combat campaigns are conducted, military analysts say. (Associated Press photograph)

Smaller, cheaper drones have outsized impact on the future of war

Drone warfare is about to shrink -- and get more dangerous. Azerbaijan's successful use of drones during its recent war with Armenia, specialists say, has captured the attention of military leaders around the world and accelerated a move toward a generation of unmanned aerial vehicles that are smaller, cheaper and easier to operate. Published January 12, 2021

Then-U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis talks to the media in presence of Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev following their meeting at the government building in Skopje, Macedonia, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski) ** FILE **

Trump bears blame for Capitol assault, ex-Pentagon chiefs Mattis, Esper say

President Trump and other Republicans laid the groundwork for Wednesday's assault on the U.S. Capitol after spreading misinformation to supporters and actively undermining Americans' faith in the electoral process, two of the president's former defense secretaries said late Wednesday. Published January 7, 2021

In this undated photo released on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, by Iranian Army, drones are displayed ahead of a drill, Iran. The Iranian military on Tuesday, Jan. 5. 2021 began a wide-ranging, two-day aerial drill in the country's north, state media reported, featuring combat and surveillance unmanned aircraft, as well as naval drones dispatched from vessels in Iran's southern waters. (Iranian Army via AP)

Iran launches massive 'drone combat wargames'

The Iranian military on Tuesday launched a massive series of "drone combat wargames" and boasted that its new generation of aircraft -- including ominous "suicide drones" -- will give Tehran a battlefield edge over its enemies. Published January 5, 2021

In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz transits the Arabian Sea. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elliot Schaudt/U.S. Navy via AP) ** FILE **

Changing course: USS Nimitz to stay in Middle East amid threats from Iran

A defiant Iran picked fights around the world Monday, flouting its promises under an international nuclear deal, seizing a South Korean oil tanker for dubious reasons, and announcing a major military drone exercise likely to further inflame tensions with the U.S. during President Trump's final days in office. Published January 4, 2021

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, sit together on stage during the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Saturday, July, 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

'Time for questioning' election results is over, 10 former defense secretaries say

Questions about the 2020 presidential election have been litigated in court and it is time for Congress and the entire nation to accept President-elect Joseph R. Biden's victory, 10 former defense secretaries wrote in an op-ed Sunday that warned against any attempts to involve the Pentagon in electoral disputes. Published January 3, 2021

In this Wednesday, April 15, 2020, photo made available by U.S. Navy, Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels sail close to U.S. military ships in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait. (U.S. Navy via AP) **FILE**

Tehran talks tough to Trump as Iran imposes 'red lines' on U.S.

A top Iranian official on Monday warned both the U.S. and Israel not to cross "red lines" in the Persian Gulf, the latest skirmish in a heated war of words between Tehran and Washington during the final few weeks of President Trump's tenure. Published December 28, 2020

In this file photo, the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) conducts flight deck operations in the Indian Ocean. Officials with U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in the Indian Ocean off Somalia's coast on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.  (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Lill/Released)  **FILE**

U.S dispatches 5,000 sailors and Marines off coast of Somalia

The Pentagon this week dispatched 5,000 sailors and Marines to the waters off the coast of Somalia, offering a show of strength to extremist groups such as al-Shabaab as U.S. ground forces prepare to exit the chaotic country. Published December 23, 2020

In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, image taken from a video provided by, acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller speaks at the Pentagon in Washington. ( via AP) ** FILE **

Pentagon chief Miller visits Afghanistan amid troop drawdown

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Tuesday, meeting with Afghan officials and American troops as the U.S. continues a major drawdown from the country during President Trump's final weeks in office. Published December 22, 2020