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 was born in Chicopee, Mass., a city of about 55,000 along the Connecticut River in industrial New England. He took an interest in journalism early in life, taking on an afternoon newspaper delivery route in his hometown at the age of 11, and writing for a teen publication in high school while balancing a part-time job in a grocery store and scholastic sports. Upon graduation, Dan attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the flagship public university in the state, and joined the staff of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, its student newspaper. He served there in numerous

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Declassified Afghanistan reports back U.S. commanders who said Biden team was indecisive during crisis

The existence of the declassified reports contradict claims made Friday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who has joined President Biden and other administration officials in seeking to downplay the significance of related remarks made from senior U.S. commanders frustrated by how the withdrawal was handled.

February 12, 2022

West prepares to sharpen eastern defenses if Russia invades Ukraine

The White House has warned President Vladimir Putin that an attack will make his problem worse.

February 12, 2022

Pentagon sends another 3,000 U.S. troops to Poland amid threat of Russian attack on Ukraine

The soldiers, with the 82nd Airborne Division, are not expected to fight in Ukraine, but are trained for a wide range of missions in an emergency.

February 11, 2022

Biden says he is ‘rejecting’ critical accounts from U.S. commanders about the Afghanistan evacuation

The president addressed the issue after a U.S. Army investigative report showed military officers expressed frustration with the administration's preparation for withdrawal.

February 10, 2022

‘From the White House down,’ pleas for help disrupted Afghan evacuation, top U.S. commander says

Rear Adm. Peter Vasely provided the assessment in a report obtained by The Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request. It contains the most detailed official account to date of the evacuation and reveals that military leaders had deep misgivings about the Biden administration’s management of the crisis.

February 10, 2022

ISIS leader probably rigged his house to explode, U.S. says, but questions about death toll remain

The Pentagon has faced scrutiny for an apparent pattern of conducting errant or overly aggressive attacks, often through the use of powerful airstrikes that have resulted in civilian deaths.

February 10, 2022

With watchers on the ground and spy drones overhead, U.S. zeroed in on Islamic State leader’s hideout

Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader of the Islamic State, was missing his right leg and that disability helped intelligence analysts using drone footage to confirm his identity beyond a doubt.

February 10, 2022

U.S. military prepares plans to help evacuating Americans once they cross into Poland should Russia attack Ukraine

Ukraine announced its own 10-day military drills starting Thursday — using unmanned aircraft and antitank missiles supplied by Kyiv’s Western partners.

February 9, 2022

Documents reveal U.S. military’s frustration with White House, diplomats over Afghanistan evacuation

An Army investigative report released to The Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request details the bleak, blunt assessments of top military commanders and previously unreported disclosures about the violence American personnel experienced in August as the United States raced to leave Kabul.

February 8, 2022

Biden’s pick to lead military in Middle East says U.S. has a ‘moral obligation’ to help Afghans left behind

Asked at his confirmation hearing Tuesday about the military’s options for carrying out counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan now that U.S. forces have withdrawn, Lt. Gen. Michael Kurilla indicated that remained a work in progress.

February 8, 2022