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Lauren Meier

Lauren Meier is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering national security committees on Capitol Hill, foreign affairs, defense, and diplomacy. She began covering politics at CNN during the 2016 presidential election, working closely with the national security and justice teams, and later joined Axios as an editor specializing in international and military coverage.

Lauren holds a master's degree in U.S. law from Washington University in St. Louis school of law, and a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from the George Washington University school of media and public affairs. She can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Lauren Meier

This undated photo provided by Iranian state television's English-language service, Press TV, shows the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah surrounded by Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels. Iran said Thursday, July 18, 2019, that its Revolutionary Guard seized a foreign oil tanker and its crew of 12 for smuggling fuel out of the country. The Riah, which had disappeared off trackers in Iranian territorial waters over the weekend, stopped transmitting its location early Sunday near Irans Qeshm Island, according to data listed on tracking site Maritime Traffic. (Press TV via AP)

Destruction of Iranian drone 'hardly an act of war,' key Democrat says

A key Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee is warning about "not hyperventilating" the latest incident between the U.S. and Iran in which the U.S. Navy destroyed a "threatening" Iranian drone over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz. Published July 19, 2019

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

Senate panel to expedite confirmation for Norquist for Pentagon's No. 2 post

The Senate Armed Services Committee will expedite the nomination process for the Pentagon's comptroller and Chief Financial Officer David Norquist to be deputy secretary of defense and plans to hold a confirmation hearing next week, rushing to fill a number of posts at the Pentagon. Published July 18, 2019

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel D-N.Y., speaks during the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on Venezuela at Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

House votes to block Saudi weapons deals despite Trump veto threat

The House late Wednesday voted to block several arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries, nearly two months after the Trump administration cited a national security emergency in an effort to push the sales through. Published July 18, 2019

Secretary of Defense nominee Mark T. Esper, who spent nearly seven years as a Raytheon executive, appears to be on the fast track to replacing James Mattis. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Esper seen as on the fast track to secretary of defense position

Mark T. Esper appeared to take a big step closer to becoming President Trump's next secretary of defense at a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing Tuesday in which he fielded questions on Iran, emerging threats from China and Russia, and his own past as a top executive for defense contractor Raytheon. Published July 16, 2019

In this Feb. 21, 2013, file photo, female recruits stand at the Marine Corps Training Depot on Parris Island, S.C. The U.S. Marine Corps for the first time is eyeing a plan to let women attend what has been male-only combat training in Southern California, as officials work to quash recurring problems with sexism and other bad behavior among Marines, according to Marine Corps officials. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

Competing defense bills offer boost to women in the military

There's already one clear winner as the Democratic House and Republican Senate prepare to do battle over their differing versions of the proposed 2020 National Defense Authorization Act — women in the ranks. Published July 15, 2019

President Donald Trump walks to greet supporters as he arrives at General Mitchell International Airport, Friday, July 12, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

House passes massive $733B defense bill restricting Trump on Iran

The House on Friday passed its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, following days of partisan skirmishes between Democrats who moved to restrict President Trump's war authority and a Republican minority that pushed unsuccessfully for more money for the Pentagon. Published July 12, 2019

Dem-led House checks Trump on Iran, votes to repeal president's war authority

The House voted Friday to repeal the 2002 measure authorizing presidents to respond to the September 11 attacks, an open-ended authority that cleared the way for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and has been used by Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump to justify missions and deployments around the world over the past 17 years. Published July 12, 2019

President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is shown, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

House backs amendment barring Pentagon use of Trump properties

The House has approved an amendment to its version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit spending Pentagon funds at properties owned by the Trump Organization, the president's family-owned business empire. Published July 11, 2019

Gen. Mark Milley is the nominee for the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At a hearing, Gen. Milley urged caution in withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and said that international order is facing its biggest challenge since the fall of the Soviet Union.
speaks at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2019, for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Milley urges caution on Afghan pullout in confirmation hearing

Army Gen. Mark Milley, making a pitch to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers at a confirmation hearing Thursday that it would be a "strategic mistake" to prematurely pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and that the international order is facing its greatest challenges since the fall of the Soviet Union. Published July 11, 2019