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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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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 ...

Inhofe Says There's Not Enough Support to Override a Veto on Iran Sanctions

January 29, 2014 President Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday to threaten a veto of any congressional plan to slap Iran with new sanctions, and he just might have gotten his way. The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee thinks Obama is "naive" to believe the U.S. is ...

Don't Be Fooled: Military Benefits Are on the Chopping Block

January 29, 2014 Score one for the veterans groups who demanded Congress go back on its plan to cut $6 billion out of military pensions. The cuts, passed as part of December's budget deal between Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan, sent members into a tailspin. As veterans groups mobilized en masse ...

Air Force's Fanning On DOD's Challenges Before and After DADT

January 27, 2014 Eric Fanning, under secretary of the Air Force, comes from a military family. But he knew, even back when he was deciding his own career path, that he could not serve in the military if he were to come out as openly gay. Fanning's six-month stint as acting Air Force ...

Air Force Warns Against Further Cuts to Readiness

January 14, 2014 While Congress races to reverse cuts to veterans’ benefits, Eric Fanning is fretting over where the ax will fall next. A bipartisan budget deal brokered by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan gave the Pentagon some respite from its looming budget woes. But the $6 billion cut ...

In Congress, Military Benefits Are Still Sacred

January 9, 2014 For Washington lawmakers who measure the national debt in trillions, $6 billion is a pittance. But for many military veterans—and key lobbying groups—the $6 billion in pension cuts contained in December's budget compromise meant a broken promise. And it's not a breach they're willing to let Washington forget. In a ...

Military Benefits Likely to Remain Sacred to Congress

January 9, 2014 For Washington lawmakers who measure the national debt in trillions, $6 billion is a pittance. But for many military veterans—and key lobbying groups—the $6 billion in pension cuts contained in December's budget compromise meant a broken promise. And it's not a breach they're willing to let Washington forget. In a ...

It's Time to Cut Military Health and Pension Benefits

January 2, 2014 The time has come: Military health and pension benefits, which have more than doubled in the past decade, should be reduced as the defense budget comes down, said a whopping 90 percent majority of National Journal's National Security Insiders. Pentagon leaders have been calling for changes to curb the skyrocketing ...

How Sequestration Weakened the Defense Lobby

January 2, 2014 The defense lobby was once both behemoth and bogeyman. It was the muscle behind the military-industrial complex, the puppeteer liberals blamed for moving money from food stamps to fighter jets. Above all, it was the Beltway powerhouse that made Congress cower. Nobody is afraid of defense lobbyists now. Congress has ...