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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Senators: After WikiLeaks, sharing must be balanced

January 13, 2011 Information sharing among government agencies is still an imperative for national security, despite the "digital-age collision" launched by WikiLeaks, according to Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine. The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks once prompted a flurry of legislation to help bolster information sharing among federal agencies --...

Report: Navy on track to meet energy efficiency targets

January 5, 2011 The Navy is on track to achieve its goals for energy independence and efficiency, according to a "roadmap" announced Wednesday by Secretary Ray Mabus that underscores the importance of a reduction in the costs and risks involved in fuel delivery on the battlefield. The report, "Energy Program for Security and...

Sailors support Capt. Honors over videos

January 4, 2011 The public may be cringing at the videos created by the captain of the USS Enterprise containing gay-bashing and sexual jokes, but many crew members who served with him are rallying to his defense. Capt. Owen Honors, who has been relieved of his command due to his role in making...

Navy commander permanently replaced over raunchy videos

January 4, 2011 Adm. John Harvey, the commander of the Navy's Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, announced on Tuesday he is permanently relieving Capt. Owen Honors from command of the USS Enterprise because of Honors' role in making a series of questionable videos. "The responsibility of the commanding officer for his or her...

Air travelers want 'better alternative' to screening process

December 21, 2010 Travelers are gearing up for a busy holiday travel week, and for many of them, the security screening process that caused such uproar around Thanksgiving isn't far from their minds. According to a new survey by the U.S. Travel Association, a nonprofit industry group, 75 percent of travelers believe there...

Poll finds new low in Afghan war support

December 16, 2010 Even as the Obama administration's forthcoming Afghanistan-Pakistan review largely touts the U.S. military strategy there as a success, a new poll reveals that a large percentage of Americans say that the nine-year war is not worth fighting. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Thursday, about 60 percent of...

Obama to offer assessment of Afghan war on Thursday

December 14, 2010 President Obama will make a public statement about the progress being made by U.S. operations in Afghanistan on Thursday, the White House announced Tuesday. The White House-commissioned Afghanistan-Pakistan review, conducted by the National Security Council with input from the Pentagon, State Department, and other agencies, will assess how the United...

Gates makes his own surprise visit to Afghanistan

December 7, 2010 Just before the expected completion of the U.S. strategy review on the war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan in an unannounced trip Tuesday to assess the U.S. war strategy and progress in the nine-year conflict. Gates's visit will most likely be more in-depth than President Obama's...

Defense study bolsters case for ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

November 30, 2010 Defense Secretary Robert Gates Tuesday strongly urged the Senate to pass legislation repealing the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" law, citing the findings of a 10-month Pentagon study investigating the impact of lifting the military's ban on gays and lesbians from serving openly. Though potentially disruptive in the short term,...

Number of Army suicides already surpasses 2009 total

November 22, 2010 Despite a rapidly expanding effort to improve the mental well-being of its soldiers, new Army data suggest that the service's suicide epidemic shows little sign of improvement, with more troops taking their own lives so far this year than ever before. The data released by the Pentagon on Friday indicate...

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