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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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The Winners and Losers in Obama's Defense Spending Request

February 24, 2014 The blade hasn’t fallen yet, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel raised the ax Monday when he offered a sneak peek of the Pentagon’s planned budget for next year. The Pentagon is asking Congress for $496 billion, $45 billion less than it originally expected. Tucked inside that budget trimming are a ...

What's on the Chopping Block—and What's Safe—in the Pentagon's Shrinking Budget?

February 24, 2014 On your marks, defense wonks. This year's scramble in Washington over the budget request will start Monday, when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to preview the fiscal 2015 Defense Department budget—a week before the official request goes to Congress. Its first hint at budget priorities will spur the defense ...

5 Things You Need to Know About the Next Defense Budget

February 21, 2014 March 4 is the date to watch for Washington's defense wonks. That's when the Pentagon plans to release its budget request for next year. And when the document drops, it will sound the starting gun for a slew of battles over military spending. The budget deal Congress passed in December ...

Security Insiders: High Time for Congress to Cave on Closing Military Bases

February 18, 2014 It's high time for Congress to agree to the Pentagon's request to close military bases, a whopping 91 percent of National Journal's National Security Insiders said. Lawmakers, even as they search for ways to cut spending, have rebuffed the Defense Department's requests to close military installations it no longer needs ...

Poll: It's Time for Congress to Agree to Close Military Bases

February 18, 2014 It's high time for Congress to agree to the Pentagon's request to close military bases, a whopping 91 percent of National Journal's National Security Insiders said. Lawmakers, even as they search for ways to cut spending, have rebuffed the Defense Department's requests to close military installations it no longer needs ...

Al-Qaeda Isn't Dying: It's 'Morphing and Franchising'

February 11, 2014 Al-Qaida is not on the run, and after being hunted for two decades it is not on the path to defeat. That's the sobering message from two top intelligence leaders, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn during a Senate Armed Services committee hearing Tuesday. ...

U.S. May Have to Wait for Karzai's Successor to Get Troop Deal

February 11, 2014 Afghan President Hamid Karzai is not going to sign a security pact to allow U.S. troops to stay in the country past the end of this year, Intelligence chief James Clapper told the Senate on Tuesday. Instead, it appears the U.S. will have to wait for his successor. Senate Armed ...

Intelligence Leaders: Al-Qaida Is Not on Path to Defeat

February 11, 2014 Al-Qaida is not on the run, and after being hunted for two decades it is not on the path to defeat. That's the sobering message from two top intelligence leaders, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn during a Senate Armed Services committee hearing Tuesday. ...

Secretary of State John Kerry Is Back on Twitter

February 4, 2014 He's baaack. Formerly one of Congress's most colorful tweeters, Secretary of State John Kerry is taking charge of his own Twitter account—with the State Department's permission, of course. And he's so excited, he invented his own hashtag. It only took a year but @StateDept finally let me have my own ...

Military Focuses on Ethics Training Amid Scandals

February 4, 2014 Don't be surprised that the military is starting to focus more on ethics training. A series of high-profile—and, at times, borderline ridiculous—scandals have dominated the headlines about the military services in recent months. The Air Force's cheating imbroglio has ensnared nearly half the nuclear-missile crew at one key base; the ...