Ellen Nakashima

Washington, D.C.

National security reporter

Education: City University, London, MA in international journalism; University of California at Berkeley, BA in humanities

Ellen Nakashima is a national security reporter for The Washington Post. She covers cybersecurity counterterrorism and intelligence issues. She has probed Russia’s efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and contacts between aides to President Trump and Russian officials, work which led her and her colleagues to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2018. She was part of another team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2014 for reporting on the hidden scope of government surveillance and its policy implications. Nakashima has also served as a Southeast Asia correspond
Latest from Ellen Nakashima

U.S. military poised to secure new access to key Philippine bases

The expansion is part of a broader push in the Indo-Pacific to buttress U.S. force posture, reinforce alliances and deter China.

January 30, 2023

U.S., Japan set to announce shake-up of Marine Corps units to deter China

The Marine Corps is creating a new regiment based in Okinawa and will be equipped with advanced capabilities, such as firing missiles at Chinese ships in the event of a Taiwan conflict.

January 10, 2023

U.S. national cyber strategy to stress Biden push on regulation

The White House wants expanded requirements for private companies that operate in critical infrastructure sectors.

January 5, 2023

NSA, Cyber Command should continue to share a leader, a key review suggests

There's been a long debate over the "dual hat" arrangement.

December 22, 2022

Cybercom disrupted Russian and Iranian hackers throughout the midterms

U.S. conducted offensive cyber operations to counter state-sponsored cyberattacks, including new “Hunt Forward” missions.

December 22, 2022

U.S. widens ban on military and surveillance tech sales to China

The Commerce Department added 36 entities to a U.S. export blacklist, including one of China’s largest chipmakers.

December 15, 2022

Japan to buy Tomahawk missiles in defense buildup amid fears of war

Japan is looking to buy hundreds of U.S.-built Tomahawk cruise missiles as part of an unprecedented defense buildup.

December 12, 2022

European officials object to Biden’s green subsidies as protectionist

The White House has little appetite for changes to the Inflation Reduction Act, but officials say the rulemaking process may help accommodate concerns.

December 4, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Russia to get more Iranian-developed drones, officials say; first train from Kyiv arrives in Kherson

Meanwhile, power outages plague Ukrainians and Rishi Sunak pledges $59 million for Ukraine during his first visit as prime minister.

November 19, 2022

Iran will help Russia build drones for Ukraine war, Western officials say

Moscow and Tehran have agreed on a plan to assemble Iranian-designed weapons on Russian soil.

November 19, 2022