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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

In this Jan. 4, 2011, file photo, U.S Army Capt. Mathew Golsteyn, right, is congratulated by fellow soldiers following the Valor Awards ceremony for 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C. (James Robinson/The Fayetteville Observer via AP) ** FILE **

Trump silent on Maj. Mathew Golsteyn as Army launches review

President Trump has remained silent this week as the Army launches a review into the case of Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn, potentially laying the groundwork for another standoff between the military and the commander in chief. Published January 16, 2020

Then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., left, shakes hands with Gen. John W. Raymond, the commander of the U.S. Space Command, Sept. 9, 2019, during a ceremony to recognize the establishment of the United States Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.  (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP) ** FILE **

Gen. John Raymond sworn in as first Space Force chief

Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond was sworn in Tuesday as the first chief of space operations for the newly established U.S. Space Force, putting the service on equal footing with other branches of the military and giving it an influential seat at the Joint Chiefs of Staff table. Published January 14, 2020

In this photograph taken Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, Iranian police officers take position while protesters gather in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, to remember victims of a Ukrainian airplane shot down by an Iranian missile. On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, online videos purported to show that Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic's initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. (AP Photo)

Boiling point: U.S. seizes on Iranian anger as game-changer

Furious Iranian protesters took to the streets for the third straight day Monday as anger with leadership in Tehran reached a boiling point, while the Trump administration seized on the popular uprising as a potential game-changer in the struggle between the Iranian people and their government. Published January 13, 2020

CLARIFIES WOMAN WAS TALKING TO POLICEMAN - In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 photo, released by Iranian Students' News Agency, ISNA, a woman attending a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, talks to a policeman, at the gate of Amri Kabir University in Tehran, Iran. Security forces deployed in large numbers across the capital, Tehran, on Sunday, expecting more protests after its Revolutionary Guard admitted to accidentally shooting down a passenger plane at a time of soaring tensions with the United States. (Mona Hoobehfekr/ISNA via AP)

Protests erupt after Iranian government admits shooting down airplane

Iranian citizens turned their anger toward their government Sunday after Tehran's admission that it accidentally brought down a civilian airliner last week, while President Trump warned Iran not to respond to the growing demonstrations with violence. Published January 12, 2020

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before his New Year's Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago property, as first lady Melania Trump listens, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Iran, North Korea crises to test Trump as he campaigns for reelection

President Trump has multiple options to deal with the two defining foreign policy crises of his first term as tensions rise with North Korea and Iran, but it's unclear whether he has the will to escalate on either front as his political future hangs in the balance. Published January 1, 2020

Kenneth Braithwaite, ambassador to Norway, is expected to take the helm of the Navy. (State Department)

Sea of troubles awaits Trump's next Navy secretary

President Trump's next Navy secretary will be walking onto a command deck with a massive number of headaches, including a lingering Navy SEAL scandal, a string of shootings on bases and a competition with China to define the 21st century. Published December 30, 2019

The Iranian-backed militia said Monday that the death toll from U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria against its fighters has risen to 25, vowing to exact revenge. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Iraq militias, Iran vow 'confrontation' to deadly U.S. airstrikes

A powerful pro-Iran Iraqi militia vowed direct "confrontation" with the U.S. on Monday after weekend airstrikes killed 25 of its members, and the American attacks threaten to send already tense relations between Washington and Tehran spiraling downward in the new year. Published December 30, 2019

Pentagon's 'leak' of commando drill sends message to North Korea

The U.S. this week dramatically ramped up surveillance over North Korea ahead of Pyongyang's anticipated "Christmas gift," while the Pentagon sent an unmistakably blunt message by leaking news of a November special-operations drill that practiced taking out top North Korean officials. Published December 26, 2019

This photo made available from the Mali Army, shows coffins being honored at a funeral ceremony in Gao, Mali, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. The Mali Defense Ministry held a funeral for the 30 soldiers killed in a Monday attack on an army patrol by extremists near the border with Niger. (Mali Army via AP) ** FILE **

Trump's foreign policy creates space for terror groups to grow, specialists warn

While its Middle East "caliphate" has been shattered, the Islamic State has regrouped and quickly gained a significant foothold in Africa's unstable, impoverished Sahel region -- and experts say the U.S. is taking a serious foreign policy gamble by steering clear of major military intervention to address the growing terrorist threat. Published December 22, 2019

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Thomas R. Sterett takes accountability of Marines boarding U.S. Army Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks during Black Hawk integration training as part of exercise Fuji Viper 20-1 on Camp Fuji, Japan, Oct. 28, 2019. Fuji Viper is a regularly scheduled training evolution for infantry units assigned to 3rd Marine Division as part of the unit deployment program. The training allows units to maintain their lethality and proficiency in infantry and combined arms tactics. Sterett is assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and a native of Town Falls, Idaho. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Hernandez)

Marine Corps eyes gender-integrated basic training

The push to eliminate all gender segregation at Marine Corps camps has more momentum than ever, but analysts and military insiders say there remain major real-world, physical roadblocks to coed basic training and serious questions about whether the Marines can or should follow the lead of the Army, Navy and Air Force. Published December 15, 2019