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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

The HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base on Saturday for exercises off Scotland before a 28-week trip through the Pacific that will take the Royal Navy to more than 40 countries. (Associated Press)

Britain strives to project power with carrier deployment to South China Sea

Post-Brexit Britain is thrusting itself into 21st-century great power competition with the deployment of a massive carrier strike group through Asia and the bitterly contested South China Sea this month, marking the Royal Navy's most ambitious mission since the Falklands War of the early 1980s. Published May 4, 2021

In this June 30, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Trump may have cleared Biden's path to check NKorea, experts tell Washington Times Foundation event

Former President Trump's historic meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have opened a key door for the Biden administration as it eyes diplomacy with Pyongyang, former U.S. officials and regional experts said Tuesday, arguing that President Biden may have been given a unique opportunity to strike a denuclearization deal that's eluded Washington for decades. Published May 4, 2021

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

AMVETS slams Pentagon after denial to use DoD parking lots for 'Rolling to Remember' rally

The Pentagon has denied a request from American Veterans (AMVETS) to use Defense Department parking lots for its "Rolling to Remember" motorcycle rally later this month, the veterans group said in a statement Monday, slamming Pentagon officials for allegedly refusing to engage in a dialogue about how to hold the event safely in the era of coronavirus. Published May 3, 2021

National security adviser Jake Sullivan listens during a meeting with President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, April 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden administration denies Iran's sanctions, prisoner deal claims

Biden administration officials on Sunday morning denied reports from Iranian state-run media that the U.S. and Britain have agreed to free up $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds in exchange for the release of American prisoners held in the Islamic republic. Published May 2, 2021

U.S. base in Afghanistan hit by rocket fire as troops begin withdrawal

In an ominous kickoff to the mission to leave, U.S. forces returned fire over the weekend after rockets hit a key air base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, while America's top general on Sunday warned of "bad possible outcomes" in the country after all U.S. and NATO troops complete their withdrawal. Published May 2, 2021

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry listens during the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

GOP senators call for probe of Kerry's alleged intel-sharing with Iran

The furor over claims that John Kerry may have disclosed intelligence secrets about Israeli military strikes to the Iranians escalated again Thursday, as 19 Republican senators Thursday demanded an investigation into the charges and that President Biden must fire Mr. Kerry as his top climate policy aide if the charges prove true. Published April 29, 2021

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

John Kerry pressed to resign after Iranian claims on Israeli data

John Kerry's backroom conversations with foreign officials have sparked a fierce backlash in Washington again as the former secretary of state and President Biden's point man on climate issues faced growing calls to resign Tuesday over reports that he fed Iran sensitive information about Israeli military strikes. Published April 27, 2021

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry listens as President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

John Kerry told Iranians about secret Israeli operations in Syria: Report

Former Secretary of State John Kerry kept Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif informed about secret Israeli military actions in Syria, the Iranian diplomat said in recently leaked audio, casting new light on communication between the two men after Mr. Kerry returned to life as a private citizen in 2017. Published April 26, 2021

In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at a press conference in Tehran, Iran. A recording of Iran's foreign minister offering a blunt appraisal of diplomacy and the limits of power within the Islamic Republic has leaked out publicly, providing a rare look inside the country's theocracy. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Leaked audio of Iran's top diplomat imperils nuclear talks with U.S.

President Biden's effort to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran may be in jeopardy after a leaked tape exposed deep divisions between military leaders and diplomats inside Iran, with the credibility of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif now in doubt at a crucial moment in negotiations. Published April 26, 2021

An Afghan army soldier stands guard as smoke rises from a burning fuel tanker after a road accident on the Jalalabad-Kabul highway, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) ** FILE **

Afghanistan exit creates new hurdles for U.S. counterterrorism operations

Top Pentagon officials say the U.S. will retain the ability to find and kill terrorist targets, including al Qaeda militants who could resurface if the Taliban gains more power in Afghanistan, but they readily acknowledge that the next-generation counterterrorism strategy is still a work in progress with many life-and-death questions yet to be answered. Published April 25, 2021

In this Feb. 12, 2009, file photo, the Pentagon is seen from Air Force One. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Air Force general faces sexual assault charge in rare court-martial

The former commander of the Pentagon's Air Force Research Laboratory will face court-martial over a sexual assault charge, military officials said Wednesday, marking a rare instance in which an Air Force general has faced such serious discipline. Published April 22, 2021