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 Newsweek.com, “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?http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/03/after-ukraine-will-us-become-energy-superpower/81010/The Russian chill and Mideast instability are boosting bipartisan support for domestic energy production.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 21 Mar 2014 12:16:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/03/after-ukraine-will-us-become-energy-superpower/81010/DefenseA pumpjack is silhouetted against the setting sun in Oklahoma City.Sue Ogrocki/AP File PhotoWhy the CIA Is Still Doing Droneshttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/02/why-cia-still-doing-drones/79327/The 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/02/why-cia-still-doing-drones/79327/TechKirsty Wigglesworth/AP file photoThe NSA's Future: A Tale of Two Committeeshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/08/nsas-future-tale-two-committees/68045/In 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/08/nsas-future-tale-two-committees/68045/OversightHow Obama Learned to Deal with the Talibanhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/06/how-obama-learned-deal-taliban/65303/The 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/06/how-obama-learned-deal-taliban/65303/DefenseAnja Niedringhaus/APAnalysis: The President's Turbulent European Vacationhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2013/06/analysis-presidents-turbulent-european-vacation/65219/Obama's honeymoon with the world is over.Michael Hirsh, National JournalWed, 19 Jun 2013 17:42:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2013/06/analysis-presidents-turbulent-european-vacation/65219/ManagementThe Surveillance State: How We Got Herehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/06/surveillance-state-how-we-got-here/64454/NSA’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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/06/surveillance-state-how-we-got-here/64454/DefenseThinkstockIntelligence Chief: I Didn't Lie About NSA Surveillancehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/06/intelligence-chief-i-didnt-lie-about-nsa-surveillance/64442/In interview with National Journal, Clapper says he didn't intend to mislead.Michael Hirsh, National JournalThu, 06 Jun 2013 17:17:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/06/intelligence-chief-i-didnt-lie-about-nsa-surveillance/64442/DefenseDirector of National Intelligence James ClapperSusan Walsh/APSusan Rice and Samantha Power: Less Change Than Meets the Eye http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/06/susan-rice-and-samantha-power-less-change-meets-eye/64403/Obama'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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/06/susan-rice-and-samantha-power-less-change-meets-eye/64403/DefenseIncoming National Security Advisor Susan RiceCharles Dharapak/APHow the Afghan Conflict Will Be Decidedhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/05/how-afghan-conflict-will-be-decided/63228/More 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/05/how-afghan-conflict-will-be-decided/63228/DefenseAn Afghan National Police officer watches over a checkpointAnja Niedringhaus/APNATO’s Plan for Afghanistan Post-2014: A ‘Stable Instability’http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/05/natos-plan-afghanistan-post-2014-stable-instability/63123/U.S., allies are talking about commitments through 2018 and beyond, says top commander.Michael Hirsh, National JournalMon, 13 May 2013 09:22:06 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/05/natos-plan-afghanistan-post-2014-stable-instability/63123/DefenseAfghan 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. http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/05/analysis-incompetence-no-cover-benghazi/63057/The hearings deepen the tragedy, but not the scandal.Michael Hirsh, National JournalWed, 08 May 2013 17:46:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/05/analysis-incompetence-no-cover-benghazi/63057/DefenseGlass, 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 Lasthttp://www.govexec.com/management/cutting-costs/2013/03/its-obamas-economy-last/61777/We 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/cutting-costs/2013/03/its-obamas-economy-last/61777/Management - Cutting CostsWhite HouseAnalysis: How Obama Fumbled Afghanistanhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/03/analysis-how-obama-fumbled-afghanistan/61699/A new account by Richard Holbrooke's deputy hits the president hard on foreign policy.Michael Hirsh, National JournalWed, 06 Mar 2013 11:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/03/analysis-how-obama-fumbled-afghanistan/61699/DefenseThe sun rises over a CH-53E Super Stallion in Afghanistan in 2010Defense Department file photoAnalysis: The Rehabilitation of Chuck Hagelhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/02/analysis-rehabilitation-chuck-hagel/61594/Beyond 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/02/analysis-rehabilitation-chuck-hagel/61594/DefenseDefense DepartmentAnalysis: Chuck Hagel, Strategic Thinkerhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/02/analysis-chuck-hagel-strategic-thinker/61361/Why 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/02/analysis-chuck-hagel-strategic-thinker/61361/DefenseDefense DepartmentWhy Obama Thanked Hillaryhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/01/why-obama-thanked-hillary/60922/The president's former political rival journeyed a long, hard road to loyalty.Michael Hirsh, National JournalMon, 28 Jan 2013 12:43:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/01/why-obama-thanked-hillary/60922/Management - Promising PracticesAP Photo/CBSAnalysis: What Obama's missing in Afghanistanhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/01/analysis-what-obamas-missing-afghanistan/60636/More than troops, the president needs a strategy in the region -- and a diplomat.Michael Hirsh, National JournalMon, 14 Jan 2013 09:20:35 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/01/analysis-what-obamas-missing-afghanistan/60636/DefensePresident Barack Obama listens to Afgan President Hamid Karzai Charles Dharapak/APJoe Biden: The most influential vice president in history?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/01/joe-biden-most-influential-vice-president-history/60416/From 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/01/joe-biden-most-influential-vice-president-history/60416/OversightCarolyn Kaster/APAnalysis: Is Chuck Hagel being punished for stance on Iraq?http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/12/analysis-chuck-hagel-being-punished-stance-iraq/60370/For 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/12/analysis-chuck-hagel-being-punished-stance-iraq/60370/DefenseDave Weaver/APWhite House wavers on Hagel, considers others for Defensehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2012/12/white-house-wavers-hagel-considers-others-defense/60343/Nebraska 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/12/white-house-wavers-hagel-considers-others-defense/60343/ManagementNati Harnik/AP file photoAnalysis: Ambition and anguish drive John Kerryhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2012/12/analysis-ambition-and-anguish-drive-john-kerry/60332/He will likely pursue an activist agenda as secretary of State.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 21 Dec 2012 14:49:30 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/12/analysis-ambition-and-anguish-drive-john-kerry/60332/ManagementObama introduced John Kerry as the nominee at a press conference Friday.Carolyn Kaster/APTeam of Mentors: Biden, Kerry, and Hagel Are Obama's Senate Mafiahttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2012/12/team-mentors-biden-kerry-and-hagel-are-obamas-senate-mafia/60260/The 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2012/12/team-mentors-biden-kerry-and-hagel-are-obamas-senate-mafia/60260/Management - Promising PracticesImage via Orhan Cam/Shutterstock.com Is Chuck Hagel a pacifist? http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/12/chuck-hagel-pacifist/60207/The 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/12/chuck-hagel-pacifist/60207/DefenseDave Weaver/AP file photoHow the main candidates for Defense chief differhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/12/how-main-candidates-defense-chief-differ/60182/Chuck 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/12/how-main-candidates-defense-chief-differ/60182/DefenseMichèle 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 http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/12/analysis-obama-gets-solution-his-susan-rice-problem/60163/Leading secretary of State candidate allows him to dump her without seeming to.Michael Hirsh, National JournalFri, 14 Dec 2012 09:13:24 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/12/analysis-obama-gets-solution-his-susan-rice-problem/60163/ManagementJason DeCrow/AP