Government Executive - Authors - Michael Hirshhttp://www.govexec.comMichael Hirsh is chief correspondent for National Journal. He also contributes to 2012 Decoded. Hirsh previously served as the senior editor and national economics correspondent for Newsweek, based in its Washington bureau. He was also Newsweek’s Washington web editor and authored a weekly column for, “The World from Washington.” Earlier on, he was Newsweek’s foreign editor, guiding its award-winning coverage of the September 11 attacks and the war on terror. He has done on-the-ground reporting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places around the world, and served as the Tokyo-based Asia Bureau Chief for Institutional Investor from 1992 to 1994. Hirsh has appeared many times as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. He has written for the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, and Washington Monthly, and authored two books, Capital Offense: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future over to Wall Street and At War with Ourselves: Why America Is Squandering its Chance to Build a Better World. Hirsh has received numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club award for best magazine reporting from abroad in 2001 and for Newsweek’s coverage of the war on terror, which also won a National Magazine Award.en-usFri, 21 Mar 2014 12:16:47 -0400After Ukraine, Will the U.S. Become an Energy Superpower? Russian chill and Mideast instability are boosting bipartisan support for domestic energy production.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 21 Mar 2014 12:16:47 -0400 pumpjack is silhouetted against the setting sun in Oklahoma City.Sue Ogrocki/AP File PhotoWhy the CIA Is Still Doing Drones White House is supposed to be handing the program over to the Pentagon. Here's why they're dragging their feet.Michael Hirsh, National JournalTue, 25 Feb 2014 09:44:42 -0500 Wigglesworth/AP file photoThe NSA's Future: A Tale of Two Committees both the House and Senate, the Judiciary and Intelligence committees will fight over the survival of surveillance.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 02 Aug 2013 17:22:13 -0400 Obama Learned to Deal with the Taliban militants' willingness to talk signals weakness—and is the most hopeful sign for the U.S. in Afghanistan in years.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 21 Jun 2013 09:24:05 -0400 Niedringhaus/APAnalysis: The President's Turbulent European Vacation's honeymoon with the world is over.Michael Hirsh, National JournalWed, 19 Jun 2013 17:42:27 -0400 Surveillance State: How We Got Here’s tracking programs were pushed by the Senate, House and executive branch after 9/11.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 07 Jun 2013 09:25:05 -0400 Chief: I Didn't Lie About NSA Surveillance interview with National Journal, Clapper says he didn't intend to mislead.Michael Hirsh, National JournalThu, 06 Jun 2013 17:17:53 -0400 of National Intelligence James ClapperSusan Walsh/APSusan Rice and Samantha Power: Less Change Than Meets the Eye's new national security adviser, U.N. ambassador aren't as controversial as you think.Michael Hirsh, National JournalThu, 06 Jun 2013 11:44:50 -0400 National Security Advisor Susan RiceCharles Dharapak/APHow the Afghan Conflict Will Be Decided U.S. casualties reaffirm Obama’s rush to rely on the Afghan army. Can they handle it?Michael Hirsh, National JournalThu, 16 May 2013 16:45:03 -0400 Afghan National Police officer watches over a checkpointAnja Niedringhaus/APNATO’s Plan for Afghanistan Post-2014: A ‘Stable Instability’, allies are talking about commitments through 2018 and beyond, says top commander.Michael Hirsh, National JournalMon, 13 May 2013 09:22:06 -0400 Army soldiers rest between training sessions at a military training facility on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Anja Niedringhaus/APAnalysis: Incompetence, but No Cover-up in Benghazi. hearings deepen the tragedy, but not the scandal.Michael Hirsh, National JournalWed, 08 May 2013 17:46:30 -0400, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans.Ibrahim Alaguri/APIt’s Obama’s Economy—at Last only seem to be back. It’s a far less equal economy--and big dangers loom for the president’s legacy.Michael HirshFri, 08 Mar 2013 16:57:00 -0500 - Cutting CostsWhite HouseAnalysis: How Obama Fumbled Afghanistan new account by Richard Holbrooke's deputy hits the president hard on foreign policy.Michael Hirsh, National JournalWed, 06 Mar 2013 11:00:00 -0500 sun rises over a CH-53E Super Stallion in Afghanistan in 2010Defense Department file photoAnalysis: The Rehabilitation of Chuck Hagel the sequester, the new Pentagon chief plans a fast trip, and a focus on veterans.Michael Hirsh, National JournalThu, 28 Feb 2013 15:42:34 -0500 DepartmentAnalysis: Chuck Hagel, Strategic Thinker aren’t more pundits defending the Defense nominee for foreseeing today’s budget problems? Probably because they were wrong themselves.Michael Hirsh, National JournalTue, 19 Feb 2013 11:33:20 -0500 DepartmentWhy Obama Thanked Hillary president's former political rival journeyed a long, hard road to loyalty.Michael Hirsh, National JournalMon, 28 Jan 2013 12:43:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesAP Photo/CBSAnalysis: What Obama's missing in Afghanistan than troops, the president needs a strategy in the region -- and a diplomat.Michael Hirsh, National JournalMon, 14 Jan 2013 09:20:35 -0500 Barack Obama listens to Afgan President Hamid Karzai Charles Dharapak/APJoe Biden: The most influential vice president in history? the fiscal cliff to gun control to Afghanistan, Scranton's favorite son has transformed himself from affable gaffer to West Wing powerhouse.Michael Hirsh, National JournalWed, 02 Jan 2013 12:25:57 -0500 Kaster/APAnalysis: Is Chuck Hagel being punished for stance on Iraq? too many lawmakers, a Defense Secretary Hagel would be a nagging reminder of what they got wrong.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 28 Dec 2012 10:43:17 -0500 Weaver/APWhite House wavers on Hagel, considers others for Defense Republican’s Pentagon nomination appears to be failing because of his blunt advocacy of unpopular positions.Michael Hirsh, National JournalMon, 24 Dec 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Harnik/AP file photoAnalysis: Ambition and anguish drive John Kerry will likely pursue an activist agenda as secretary of State.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 21 Dec 2012 14:49:30 -0500 introduced John Kerry as the nominee at a press conference Friday.Carolyn Kaster/APTeam of Mentors: Biden, Kerry, and Hagel Are Obama's Senate Mafia president's emerging second-term national-security team will likely include a longstanding cabal in place before Obama reached Washington.Michael Hirsh, The AtlanticWed, 19 Dec 2012 13:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesImage via Orhan Cam/ Is Chuck Hagel a pacifist? former GOP senator, a possible Obama nominee to run the Pentagon, is haunted by Vietnam.Michael Hirsh, The AtlanticMon, 17 Dec 2012 10:14:01 -0500 Weaver/AP file photoHow the main candidates for Defense chief differ Hagel and Michelle Flournoy, both haunted by the ghosts of Vietnam, represent a stark choice for Obama.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 14 Dec 2012 15:00:00 -0500èle Flournoy is the former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP file photoAnalysis: Obama gets a solution to his Susan Rice problem secretary of State candidate allows him to dump her without seeming to.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 14 Dec 2012 09:13:24 -0500 DeCrow/AP