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

Rollback of covid vaccine mandate met with furor at Pentagon

Military officials warned that the Republican-led initiative risks harming troops’ readiness and endangering national security.

December 7, 2022

U.S. troops to expand patrols in Syria despite tension with Turkey

The move risks further upsetting relations between NATO allies

December 6, 2022

Pentagon reveals secretive B-21 bomber in California

The B-21 Raider is expected to be more advanced than any other aircraft now in the U.S. military’s arsenal.

December 2, 2022

Pentagon eyes major expansion of Ukraine military training

The plan would build on Western arms transfers by showing Ukrainian forces how to wage a more sophisticated campaign, deepening U.S. involvement in the war.

December 1, 2022

Russian retreat from Kherson city sets stage for more hard combat

Ukraine's advance in the south has Moscow's forces on the run. But Russian fortifications and the Dnieper River will slow a push on Crimea.

November 10, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Ukrainian troops advance on Kherson with caution; U.S. to send more air defenses

Ukraine's announcement comes after Russia said it will evacuate its troops from the strategic city of Kherson and its surrounding area.

November 10, 2022

‘Well over’ 100,000 Russian troops killed or wounded in Ukraine, U.S. says

Gen. Mark A. Milley’s figure is a sharp increase from the Pentagon’s August estimate of 70,000 to 80,000 Russian casualties.

November 10, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Russia announces retreat from city of Kherson

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russian troops were retreating east of the Dnieper River, a major setback for Putin.

November 9, 2022

G-7 agrees to fix, defend Ukraine’s infrastructure amid Russian attacks

Officials said the West is focused on how it can help the inhabitants of Ukrainian towns survive the winter.

November 4, 2022

White House rejects promoting general involved in Capitol riot response

The Pentagon backed Lt. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, the director of the Army staff, to become a four-star general. But the Biden administration nixed his promotion.

October 29, 2022