Alex Horton

Washington, D.C.

National security reporter focused on the U.S. military

Education: Georgetown University, BA in English

Alex Horton is a national security reporter for The Washington Post focused on the U.S. military. He joined The Post from Stars and Stripes and served in Iraq as an Army infantryman.
Latest from Alex Horton

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

Ukraine live briefing: Kremlin says Ukrainian drones attacked bases deep in Russia; missile strikes cause power outages in Ukraine

As missiles headed for Kyiv, the European Union’s embargo on seaborne Russian crude and the Group of Seven’s price cap on oil went into effect.

December 5, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: U.S. announces aid for Ukraine’s battered energy infrastructure

The United States is expected to announce steps to help Ukraine withstand Russian attacks on its energy infrastructure, as NATO diplomats gather in Romania.

November 29, 2022

Racial discrimination by Veterans Affairs spans decades, lawsuit says

The case could determine if the government can be held liable for systemic prejudices that disadvantaged Black veterans and their descendants, advocates say.

November 28, 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: G-7 meets for talks on Russian oil; U.N. says no indication of undeclared nuclear activities in Ukraine

The two-day gathering comes about a year after the G-7 promised to impose “massive consequences” on Russia if it invaded Ukraine.

November 3, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Kyiv, Moscow to halt grain ships Wednesday

Russia said it may block ships carrying grain from Ukraine's Black Sea ports, in a move that could have a profound impact on global food security.

November 1, 2022

Pentagon: Ukraine to get advanced air defense systems early next month

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed the imminent delivery of two anti-aircraft batteries but quashed hopes on longer-range missiles Kyiv says it needs.

October 27, 2022

Ashton Carter, defense chief who opened combat roles to women, dies at 68

Mr. Carter also helped boost Pentagon ties with Silicon Valley, anticipating the military’s need to explore artificial intelligence and other technology.

October 25, 2022

U.S., Russian defense chiefs hold first talks in months

The dearth of conversation between Washington and Moscow has become a source of concern in the West, particularly as Putin suggests he may use nuclear weapons.

October 21, 2022