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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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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 ...

TSA makes immediate changes to airline pilot screening

November 19, 2010 The Transportation Security Administration will be taking additional steps to streamline airport security procedures for pilots, who had objected to going through the advanced full-body imaging scanners or undergo what they viewed as invasive and unnecessary pat-downs, according to a pilot union executive and a soon-to-be-released agency announcement. According to ...

Airports weigh Republican's proposal to ditch TSA screeners

November 19, 2010 The government employees responsible for giving intimate pat-downs under the new Transportation Security Administration screening policies could be replaced with private security contractors at some airports, largely at the behest of a Republican congressman. In a recent letter to over 100 of the nation's busiest airports, Rep. John Mica of ...

TSA, pilots weigh biometric system for airport screening

November 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pilots who fly passenger and cargo planes want the U.S. government to implement a program under which their identities will be confirmed using biometrics so they can pass quickly through airport security checkpoints and avoid -- for the most part -- controversial screening procedures involving body scanners or pat-downs. Pilots ...

TSA, pilots weigh biometric system for airport screening

November 17, 2010 Pilots who fly passenger and cargo planes want the U.S. government to implement a program under which their identities will be confirmed using biometrics so they can pass quickly through airport security checkpoints and avoid -- for the most part -- controversial screening procedures involving body scanners or pat-downs. Pilots ...

TSA works on alternative airport screening process for pilots

November 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Security Administration is working to create an alternative screening process for pilots, the agency's chief said this morning, amid mounting protests by airline pilots over new airport scanners criticized as invasive and hazardous to health due to radiation exposure. "Obviously, they are a trusted group in so many ...

Report: Dysfunction on Hill may hurt national security

November 15, 2010 A dysfunctional Congress could potentially damage U.S. national security interests, according to a new Council on Foreign Relations report released Monday, the latest in a slew of reports over the years complaining of legislative gridlock and its consequences. "Congress's inability to tackle tough problems, both domestic and international, has serious ...

TSA works on alternative airport screening process for pilots

November 15, 2010 The Transportation Security Administration is working to create an alternative screening process for pilots, the agency's chief said this morning, amid mounting protests by airline pilots over new airport scanners criticized as invasive and hazardous to health due to radiation exposure. "Obviously, they are a trusted group in so many ...

Supreme Court refuses to block 'don't ask' enforcement

November 12, 2010 The Supreme Court announced Friday that it was refusing to block enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military while a federal appeals court considers the issue. "The application to vacate the stay entered by the U.S. Court of Appeals ...