Latest from Paul Sonne

Minutes before Trump left office, millions of the Pentagon’s dormant IP addresses sprang to life

Just moments before then president Trump left office, a Florida company claimed responsibility for 56 million IP addresses owned by the Pentagon. Three months later, it was managing nearly 175 million.
  • Apr 24, 2021

Post-riot effort to tackle extremism in the military largely overlooks veterans

Of the roughly 380 individuals federally charged in connection with the riot, at least 44 — mostly veterans — had military links, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.
  • Apr 20, 2021

After troops leave Afghanistan, U.S. will face challenges maintaining counterterrorism capability

Ensuring al-Qaeda and other terrorists can’t regroup will be hampered by diminished intelligence and the distant basing of U.S. forces.
  • Apr 17, 2021

Pelosi taps commander of D.C. Guard to become House sergeant-at-arms

Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, a former top DEA official, would become the first African American to occupy the post tasked with overseeing the chamber’s security.
  • Mar 26, 2021

Army initially pushed to deny District’s request for National Guard before Jan. 6

In a draft memo, the Army argued the U.S. military shouldn’t be needed unless more than 100,000 demonstrators were expected and all other federal resources had been exhausted.
  • Mar 16, 2021

U.S. sanctions Ihor Kolomoisky, one of Ukraine’s most powerful tycoons

The State Department said the Ukrainian was involved in “significant corruption” while serving as a regional governor from 2014 to 2015.
  • Mar 5, 2021

D.C. Guard chief says ‘unusual’ restrictions slowed deployment of backup during Capitol riot

Two Senate committees heard testimony from four officials Wednesday.
  • Mar 3, 2021

Pentagon: U.S. strike on Syrian compound killed one fighter, wounded two more

The Defense Department said its strike on a border crossing station in eastern Syria led to the deaths of one fighter and wounded two others, in addition to destroying nine buildings.
  • Mar 1, 2021

Biden administration takes more cooperative approach to its first high-level NATO meeting

Official describes “four years of trauma” during the Trump era. But alliance still faces questions about future troop presence in Afghanistan and other thorny issues.
  • Feb 16, 2021

Seeking to combat extremists in ranks, the military struggles to answer a basic question: How many are there?

A lack of data on supporters of far-right movements is one of the systemic challenges facing the Pentagon.
  • Feb 9, 2021