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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.