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Sara Sorcher

Sara Sorcher Sara Sorcher is National Journal's national security correspondent. You can find her in the halls of the Pentagon, State Department and Congress covering defense, military and foreign policy issues. Before joining the newsroom in September 2010, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel. Her print and video packages have been featured with major outlets including ABC News, The New York Times, TIME, CNN World View and Global Post. Sorcher graduated magna cum laude in Middle Eastern Studies from Tufts University and speaks Hebrew and Arabic.
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Security Insiders: Defense Budget Cuts Put the Military on a Dangerous Course

April 7, 2014 The planned cuts to the Pentagon's budget put the U.S. military on a dangerous course with too few resources to fight, a majority of National Journal's National Security Insiders said. "The threat is increasing as our defenses atrophy," one Insider said. "Nation-building at home is not a national security strategy." ...

Who Will Replace Rogers at House Intel Committee?

March 30, 2014 One of the loudest backers of the government's spy operations is taking his voice from Congress to the radio waves. And already ambitious colleagues are vying to replace him. Mike Rogers's surprise announcement early Friday morning that he was not seeking reelection in November—and instead starting a new career as ...

Pakistan Isn’t Getting Any U.S. Military Equipment from Afghanistan

March 27, 2014 The U.S. military is denying what it calls "inaccurate media reports" that armored vehicles and extra military equipment leftover from the war in Afghanistan could be provided to neighboring Pakistan—after Kabul opposed the move described in the press. "These reports are not correct," the military said in a statement Thursday. ...

U.S. Military: Sorry, Pakistan. You Won't Get Our Extra Equipment.

March 27, 2014 The U.S. military is denying what it calls "inaccurate media reports" that armored vehicles and extra military equipment leftover from the war in Afghanistan could be provided to neighboring Pakistan—after Kabul opposed the move described in the press. "These reports are not correct," the military said in a statement Thursday. ...

Senators Demand to Know State Department’s Plan for Syria

March 26, 2014 Senators hurled a flood of insults at senior State Department officials on Wednesday, insisting that the international push to remove chemical weapons from Syria has benefited, not punished, strongman Bashar al-Assad at the expense of tens of thousands of Syrians who have died since the deal was negotiated last year. ...

Insiders Split Over Military Aid to Ukraine

March 20, 2014 Crimea all but belongs to Vladimir Putin now, and a nervous Ukraine is looking to the U.S. for help. But while the Obama administration has pulled diplomatic levers to rebuke Russia and bolster Kiev, it has thus far rebuffed Ukraine's reported request for military aid. And that's a mistake, according ...

A Tale of Two Budget Wish Lists

March 20, 2014 Nobody in Washington is happy with the defense budget cuts coming next year. But the Pentagon and members of Congress each have their own ideas about how to spend any extra cash. The Pentagon is hoping to minimize the full impact of the budget cuts with some extra financial padding. ...

Snowden's Security Breach Could Cost the U.S. Billions, Top General Says

March 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Edward Snowden is best known for exposing government surveillance, but "the vast majority" of the roughly 1.7 million documents Snowden took addressed top-secret military capabilities, operations, and tactics, according to the nation's highest-ranking military officer. The cost of changing those tactics and coping with the security breach could total billions ...

The Pentagon's Military Strategy Barely Mentions Russia

March 4, 2014 Russia has shocked the world by sending troops into Ukraine, and a new Defense Department long-term threat assessment proves that the U.S. military was no exception. The department released its Quadrennial Defense Review on Tuesday, and in all of its 64 pages, only one paragraph of the sweeping U.S. military ...

The Pentagon's Plan to Fight Sequestration: Speak English

February 27, 2014 If the Pentagon wants to solve its budget problems, it's going to have to solve its communication problem first. For years, the Defense Department has been trying to explain to Congress why the sequester's military budget cuts are a threat to national security. But thus far, it hasn't gone well. ...