David Welna David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.
David Welna 2010
Stories By

David Welna

The Air Force currently oversees many of the military's space activities, such as the experimental X-37B spacecraft. Michael Stonecypher/USAF hide caption

toggle caption
Michael Stonecypher/USAF

Trump Calls For 'Space Force' To Defend U.S. Interests Among The Stars

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/621127192/621127193" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

An F-35 Lightning II in flight. Congress is moving to block delivery of the warplane to Turkey, a NATO ally and member of the nine-nation consortium manufacturing the warplane. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter hide caption

toggle caption
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter

Why Lawmakers Are Trying To Block Delivery Of Fighter Jets To Turkey

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/620103324/620103328" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A screenshot of a video shared on White House social media accounts. The video — a fake movie trailer encouraging cooperation between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — was shown to Kim by Trump himself on an iPad toward the end of their summit in Singapore Tuesday. White House/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

toggle caption
White House/Screenshot by NPR

'Shaking The Hand Of Peace': Unpacking Trump's North Korea Movie Trailer

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/619521665/619672980" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un views the Hwasong-15 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency. The missile is believed to be capable of reaching the continental United States. KCNA via Reuters hide caption

toggle caption
KCNA via Reuters

'Complete, Verifiable, Irreversible' A Tough Goal For North Korea Summit

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/617619192/617676379" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Lessons Of A Collapsed North Korean Nuclear Deal

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/616392666/616392667" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, inspects what the North claims is a thermonuclear warhead. At right is a test of a North Korean ballistic missile. STR/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
STR/Getty Images

Experts Say Denuclearizing North Korea Is No Small Task

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/615388593/615388594" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Haspel Vows To Get CIA Back To Its Traditional Mission

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/609717418/609736600" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

What's At Stake In A Potential Syria Strike

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/601759865/601759866" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

News Brief: Paul Ryan To Retire, Trump Threatens Syria Strikes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/601759851/601759852" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.S. Still Considering How To Respond To Suspected Chemical Attack In Syria

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/601268124/601268125" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A medical worker at a Damascus hospital holds a sign protesting a suspected chemical weapons attack outside the Syrian capital a year ago. The suspected attacks led the U.S. to fire a barrage of missiles at a Syrian air base on April 7, 2017. Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images

Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters shown during Exercise Angel Thunder, in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, in 2010. A Pave Hawk crashed in Iraq on Thursday, killing seven people. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images