Dan Lamothe

Washington, D.C.

Covering the Pentagon and the U.S. military

Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA in journalism; University of Maryland at College Park, master's in journalism

Dan Lamothe joined The Washington Post in 2014 to cover the U.S. military. He has written about the Armed Forces for more than 14 years, traveling extensively, embedding with each service and covering combat in Afghanistan numerous times. Lamothe, a native of Chicopee, Mass., first took an interest in writing for newspapers in high school, and his enthusiasm for it grew while attending the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. As an undergraduate, he was deeply involved at The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, the student newspaper on campus, and led its newsroom as managing editor as a senior.
Latest from Dan Lamothe

Deadly Crimea blasts are ‘just the beginning,’ Ukraine warns Russia

Ukraine officials stopped short of claiming credit for the attacks on a base in Russian-controlled territory, which would mark a dramatic escalation in the war.

August 9, 2022

U.S. kills al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in drone strike in Kabul

Both Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden escaped U.S. forces in Afghanistan in late 2001, and Zawahiri’s whereabouts had long been a mystery.

August 2, 2022

Ukraine Live Briefing: Russia again targets Black Sea region amid grain deal fears; E.U. plans to ration gas

Russia targeted the region of Odessa with missiles early Tuesday, Ukrainian authorities said, with attacks also reported on Kharkiv in the north and Mykolaiv in the south.

July 26, 2022

As Ukraine pounds Russian targets, U.S. sends more artillery

More than 100 “high-value” military targets have been hit, including command posts, ammunition depots and radar sites, a senior U.S. defense official said.

July 22, 2022

U.S., allies weigh providing Ukraine fighter jets to counter Russia

The U.S. Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, indicated there are several possibilities, including American-made fighters or others made in Europe.

July 20, 2022

After 246 years, Marines set for their first Black four-star general

Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley, whose confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday, has been tapped to head AFRICOM, leading U.S. military forces in Africa.

July 20, 2022

Up to 150 civilians killed in recent Russian strikes, Pentagon says

The latest U.S. assessment of the war in Ukraine came a day after at least 20 people were killed in missile strikes in Vinnytsia.

July 15, 2022

Michael Flynn cited for unauthorized foreign payments

The retired general and former Trump adviser was notified by the Army that it was seeking to recoup at least $38,550 from him.

July 8, 2022

As Ukraine war bogs down, U.S. assessments face scrutiny

Officials in previous conflicts often eluded concerns whether success was sustainable.

July 2, 2022