Los Angeles Times

W.J. Hennigan

Writer

W.J. Hennigan covers the Pentagon and national security issues from the Los Angeles Times’ Washington, D.C., bureau. His defense coverage has taken him through five continents and earned him awards from the National Press Club in 2016 and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation in 2015. Previously, he covered the aerospace and defense industry from Los Angeles, where he was recognized with a California Newspaper Publishers Assn. award.

Recent Articles

  • NATO calls for 'calm and restraint'

    Turkey coup attempt: Prime minister calls night of violence a 'dark stain for democracy' July 16, 2016, 5:33 a.m. What we know: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Istanbul where he was met by large crowds at Ataturk Airport.He declared that the "government brought to power by the people...

  • Straddling East and West, Turkey is a critical U.S. ally in fight against Islamic State

    Straddling East and West, Turkey is a critical U.S. ally in fight against Islamic State

    The sprawling nation of Turkey is one of the United States’ most important and critically strategic allies, straddling the divide between the Middle East and the West. As the only majority-Muslim member of NATO, Turkey has lent its soil to U.S. air bases, supported American military operations...

  • Pentagon to increase U.S. troops in Iraq to help prepare assault on Mosul

    Pentagon to increase U.S. troops in Iraq to help prepare assault on Mosul

    The Pentagon will send 560 more troops to Iraq to help prepare for a long-awaited assault on Mosul, the Islamic State's self-declared capital in the country, possibly before President Obama leaves office. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the escalation – a boost of more than 10% in U.S....

  • Dallas police used a robot to kill a gunman, a new tactic that raises ethical questions

    Dallas police used a robot to kill a gunman, a new tactic that raises ethical questions

    Negotiators had been talking for hours with the hunkered-down killer of five police officers in downtown Dallas when the man suddenly resumed firing with an assault rifle. Fearing additional casualties, the officers deployed a small, remote-controlled robot to carry an explosive device near shooter Micah...

  • Dallas gunman Micah X. Johnson was a former Army Reserve soldier

    Dallas police shooting live updates: Gunman appears to have acted alone July 8, 2016, 5 p.m. Five police officers were fatally shot and seven others wounded Thursday when snipers opened fire in downtown Dallas during a protest over recent police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, police said.Here...

  • Obama says troop levels in Afghanistan won't be cut as he once pledged

    Obama says troop levels in Afghanistan won't be cut as he once pledged

    President Obama will hand off the 15-year-old war in Afghanistan to a third president, he said Wednesday, acknowledging that he will fall short of his campaign-era promise to extract the U.S. from punishing ground wars overseas. In announcing that he will leave 8,400 military personnel in Afghanistan...

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