Alex Horton

Washington, D.C.

National security reporter focused on the U.S. military

Education: Georgetown University, BA in English

Alex Horton is a national security reporter for The Washington Post, where he covers the U.S. military. He joined The Post’s general assignment desk in 2017 from Stars and Stripes, and served in Iraq as an Army infantryman.
Latest from Alex Horton

National Guard troops refusing vaccine will lose pay, Pentagon says, in warning shot to GOP-led states

A new memo from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin appears to be in direct response to the unprecedented standoff with the Pentagon that has taken hold in Oklahoma, where thousands of National Guard personnel remain unvaccinated and a spokesman for Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) said Tuesday that the governor was within his authority to tell them they may sidestep federal directives.

November 30, 2021

Pentagon to investigate 2019 Syria airstrike that killed civilians

The announcement of the investigation comes just two weeks after the Pentagon first publicly acknowledged the details of the March 2019 strike.

November 29, 2021

Marine Corps compliance with vaccine mandate on course to be military’s worst

The holdouts will join thousands of Air Force personnel who have outright refused the vaccine or sought an exemption on medical or religious grounds, causing a dilemma for commanders tasked with maintaining combat-ready forces — and marking the latest test of President Biden’s authority to impose vaccination as a condition of continued government service.

November 21, 2021

Oklahoma Guard commander defends rejecting vaccine mandate as Pentagon warns troops who refuse

A move by Gov. Kevin Stitt has prompted interest among multiple governors and National Guard commanders to explore similar policies in their states.

November 17, 2021

Oklahoma National Guard rejects Pentagon’s coronavirus vaccine mandate

The rejection of the Pentagon's order for all troops to be vaccinated comes a day after Gov. Kevin Stitt relieved the state's top military commander, who had pushed for his troops to get the shot.

November 13, 2021

Out of uniform. Still in the fight.

Seven veterans, each on a mission to end the often avoidable harms that afflict those who serve.

November 10, 2021

Nearing Monday coronavirus vaccine deadline, thousands of federal workers seek religious exemptions to avoid shots

The Biden administration’s plan to vaccinate the federal workforce is succeeding in many quarters, but the exemptions sought by some employees are complicating efforts to return the government to full strength.

November 7, 2021

Botched drone strike that killed 10 civilians in Kabul was not a result of criminal negligence, Pentagon says

Lt. Gen. Sami D. Said, the Air Force inspector general tapped to lead an independent probe, said Wednesday the strike did not violate rules of international warfare. It did, however, expose issues like confirmation bias that played a role in how the strike unfolded.

November 3, 2021

Air Force is first to face troops’ rejection of vaccine mandate as thousands avoid shots

The vaccine challenge confronting Air Force leaders is a bellwether for the dilemma in store across the military.

October 28, 2021

Soldier with ‘Hitler mustache’ is first to be thrown out of military after Capitol riot charges

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, whose photo in court records showed him with a squared-off moustache and slicked back hair, is one of at least six service members federally charged in connection with the Capitol riot involving supporters of President Trump.

October 20, 2021