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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Clinton sidesteps speculation about taking Defense job

November 9, 2010 Hillary Clinton deflected questions Tuesday about whether she'll take over as Defense secretary when Robert Gates retires in 2011. In a joint interview with Gates from Australia aired Tuesday morning, Clinton said that she hopes Gates' retirement will be postponed "further and further" away. "We came in together, we should...

Air cargo group urges global cooperation

November 2, 2010 Security regulators around the world must work together to ensure that the movement of air freight is safe and secure, especially after last week's discovery of package bombs on cargo flights headed to Chicago from Yemen, an air cargo group says. "We are much more secure than in 2001 [when...

Survey: Troops would back 'don't ask' repeal

October 29, 2010 An internal Pentagon study has concluded that most U.S. troops and their families would support a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The findings of the investigation were leaked over a month early to NBC News on Thursday...

Authorities report another shooting at Marine Corps museum

October 29, 2010 Shots were fired overnight at the National Museum of Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., law-enforcement authorities said Friday. The incident comes on the heels of three other recent shootings -- including one at the museum -- that the FBI on Thursday said are linked. The museum staff called police to...

'Don't ask, don't tell' divides secretaries, commanders

October 22, 2010 The three service secretaries now with the power to discharge any openly gay officer under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy have all voiced their support for a repeal of the controversial policy in the past, putting them at odds with the senior military commanders. "It's the first time...

Armed services accept gay recruits -- with a caveat

October 19, 2010 Gays and lesbians can now apply to join the military without hiding their sexual orientation, Pentagon officials confirmed Tuesday. The high-level Defense Department directive was sent to recruiting officials Friday, effectively halting the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy of banning gays and lesbians from serving openly, said Cynthia Smith,...

Pentagon entrances briefly closed after report of gunshots

October 19, 2010 Pentagon entrances were briefly locked down early Tuesday morning in response to a report that gunshots were fired near the building. Pentagon spokesman Maj. Chris Perrine said a civilian reported possible gunfire by the building's south side about 5 a.m. "Security didn't hear anything, but someone told them there could...

McCain denies 'stimulus hypocrisy' accusation

October 19, 2010 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., denied allegations Tuesday that he publicly opposed President Obama's stimulus plan, but then went on to quietly request funds. A report released on Monday by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan investigative reporting group, found that "scores" of leading members of Congress who strongly touted...

Lawmakers urge deficit panel to back Defense cuts

October 13, 2010 House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and more than 50 other lawmakers sent a letter to the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Wednesday describing the "urgent need" to cut excess defense spending. Frank and other members of the Sustainable Defense Task Force, which issued a report...

Gates reaffirms Defense commitment to South Korea

October 12, 2010 In the face of the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the United States will continue to provide deterrence in the "full range of military might," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday after two days of talks with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young. The United States and...

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