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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Oct 12 2016

Commentary: Trump likes everything shiny and new. But older bombers are better.

During the second presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump complained that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is old, Russia's is new – and that is a big problem. He was wrong on all counts.

Aug 31 2016

Commentary: Here’s how the U.S. Navy will defeat Iran’s speedboats

Four times last week, speedboats belonging to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – a sort of government-sanctioned Islamic militia – harassed four American vessels patrolling the Persian Gulf.

Aug 11 2016

Commentary: What the U.S. should learn from Britain’s dying navy

Britain used to boast the most powerful navy in the world. No more.

Jul 05 2016

Commentary: Drones, fighter jets and the future U.S. Air Force

Right before the July 4 holiday, the U.S. government released its first official report on civilian casualties of America's long-running drone attacks on terror suspects in war zones across the globe.

May 11 2016


[6日 ロイター] - あたかも空中で何十年も行方不明の状態だった米政府は、ようやく最新鋭の実験航空機を建造するビジネスに復帰した。これは最先端航空機の境界線を広げるものだ。

May 06 2016

Commentary: The Pentagon again vies to build a better 'X-plane’

After decades of being MIA in the skies, Washington is getting back into the business of building cutting-edge experimental aircraft that can expand the boundaries of state-of-the-art aerial.

Apr 11 2016

Commentary: What is Squad X, and how much will it change the U.S. Army?

The U.S. military has launched a program to equip its front-line soldiers with the latest battlefield technology. The Squad X initiative would give an Army or Marine Corps squad new computerized weapons, the latest smartphone-style communications and even easy-to-use robot helpers.

Apr 10 2016

What is Squad X, and how much will it change the U.S. Army?

The Pentagon has repeatedly failed to manage complex weapons programs without cost overruns and technical problems, the prime example being the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Feb 23 2016

One area where the Pentagon is playing catchup with Russia and China

The new anti-ship weapons are stealthier, fly farther and faster and pack more destructive power than the Navy’s current arsenal.

Sep 15 2014

NATO could have trouble combatting Putin’s military strategy

Moscow may not choose to fight on NATO’s terms. A new Russian secret warfare called maskirovka might not qualify as a military attack -- and so avoid triggering NATO intervention.


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