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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Syria's chemical weapons: A perfect storm?

July 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It looks like a perfect storm. Syria is believed to harbor one of the world's largest stockpiles of chemical weapons—which, for the time being, appear to be protected by well-trained Syrian troops. As violence in the country rages, however, Washington and its allies are eager for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad...

Drones are the right approach in current phase of War on Terror, insiders say

July 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two-thirds of National Journal's National Security Insiders believe that the Obama administration's increasing use of drone strikes to kill terrorism suspects overseas is the right approach—but many cautioned that Washington should not overuse the tactic. “The drone strike tactic … cuts both ways. Kills terrorists and infrastructure but reinforces view...

Homeland Security chief talks cyberthreats, immigration, and baseball

July 6, 2012 Editor's note: This article is part of a National Journal series on the 25 most influential women in Washington. National Journal visited Janet Napolitano in the office she calls her “bat cave.” It’s decorated with mementos from her travels as Homeland Security secretary and former roles including Arizona governor. There’s...

Pakistan reopens supply routes, Clinton apologizes

July 3, 2012 Pakistan will re-open the supply lines that the U.S. and its allies use to supply troops in neighboring Afghanistan after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. is sorry for the deaths of Pakistani soldiers mistakenly killed by a NATO airstrike last November. In a call with Pakistani...

GOP lawmaker: National security leaks ‘probably the most damaging’ in U.S. history

July 2, 2012 House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., called the recent slew of national-security leaks “probably the most damaging” in this country’s history, warning that people’s lives are in danger and families have already had to be relocated as a result of the public speculation about highly classified operational activities. Rogers's...

Insiders say Defense sequester 'somewhat likely' to take effect

June 26, 2012 With no sign of compromise on Capitol Hill for a deal on the budget deficit and debt, National Journal's National Security Insiders are hedging on whether the across-the-board defense cuts that Pentagon officials have warned would be devastating to the military's capabilities will actually happen. Amid talk that members might...

Insiders say leaks will affect foreign policy -- but only a little

June 19, 2012 National Journal’s National Security Insiders said the recent and much-condemned national-security leaks to news organizations will damage American foreign policy--but only a little. Fifty-six percent said that the leaks, which included confirmation of sustained U.S. cyberattacks on computers that run Iran’s nuclear-enrichment sites and details about President Obama’s use of...

U.S. should get tough with China over cyberattacks, experts urge

May 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After China’s visiting defense minister denied American accusations that his country is behind a growing wave of cyberattacks aimed at the United States, 79 percent of National Journal’s National Security Insiders said Washington should take a tougher public stance and push Beijing on the issue. The denials from Gen. Liang...

Secret Service can fully protect Obama, experts believe

May 1, 2012 Two-thirds of National Journal's National Security Insiders say the Secret Service scandal in Colombia does not call into question the agency's ability to fully protect President Obama. As the Secret Service continues its internal investigation of allegations that agents brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms in Cartagena, some lawmakers...

Coast Guard not ready for national-security mission, insiders say

April 24, 2012 A large majority of National Journal's National Security Insiders agreed with Coast Guard Commandant Robert Papp, who broke ranks with his fellow military chiefs to condemn President Obama's proposed budget restrictions, arguing they would leave his service overstretched and outdated. Though the Joint Chiefs of Staff have all backed the...

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