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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How BAE Systems Execs are Surviving Sequester: Shadeless Airline Windows

August 1, 2013 As the defense budget shrinks, industry is being forced to adjust its strategies. Tom Arseneault and David Herr, executive vice presidents for products and services, respectively, at BAE Systems, speak with National Journal Daily about the challenges. Edited excerpts follow. NJD: What’s the mood now, compared with the last defense...

The Sequester Will Lift, Not Cut, Defense Costs

July 30, 2013 In retrospect, Bob Stevens was overselling. Last summer, to help motivate lawmakers to undo the sequester, Lockheed Martin’s then-CEO warned that the impending cuts might force him to lay off 10,000 of the defense giant’s 120,000 employees. That never happened. But Lockheed, which reported $39 billion in net sales last...

Sequester and the Supply Chain: 'Life or Death' for the F-35's Small Companies

July 28, 2013 In retrospect, Bob Stevens was overselling. Last summer, to help motivate lawmakers to undo the sequester, Lockheed Martin’s then-CEO warned that the impending cuts might force him to lay off 10,000 of the defense giant’s 120,000 employees. That never happened. But Lockheed, which reported $39 billion in net sales last...

Security Insiders: Thad Allen Should Replace Napolitano as DHS Secretary

July 23, 2013 Thad Allen, a retired Coast Guard admiral widely praised for his handling of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, should replace Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security Secretary when she retires in September, a plurality of National Journal's National Security Insiders say. Nearly 40 percent chose Allen over several other names commonly floated...

Interview with Chuck Hagel's 'Alter Ego'

July 18, 2013 Ash Carter calls himself Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s alter ego. “That means knowing what he knows; organizing his decision-making; making all the decisions that are not so consequential that I need to bring them to his attention; making the place run on a day-to-day basis,” the deputy Defense secretary told...

Who Will Be the Next Homeland Security Secretary?

July 12, 2013 News that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is stepping down to become president of the University of California system sent Washington policy wonks into a frenzy of speculation about who would take her place this fall. While White House press secretary Jay Carney said he had no names to offer,...

Mark Lippert: Hagel's Right Hand Man

July 12, 2013 On a congressional delegation to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008 as a Senate aide, Mark Lippert could not predict his traveling companions would one day run the free world. Lippert, who served as then-Sen. Barack Obama's foreign policy adviser, is widely known to have become one of his closest confidants...

Congress Ineffectively Oversees National Security, Insiders Say

June 11, 2013 Three-quarters of National Journal's National Security Insiders said Congress ineffectively oversees the executive branch's national security programs. "Congress has for years been a lapdog to the executive branch and does not exercise much meaningful oversight over national security programs," one Insider said. There is too much to oversee, and Congress...

The FBI's Approach to the Boston Bombings

April 19, 2013 All day, cable news networks streamed live details from in Watertown, Mass., where police have locked down the area as it continues its door-to-door manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect still on the run. The FBI has a massive job to do. It must defuse the tense situation and...

Who Is Lisa Monaco, the White House's Counterterrorism Adviser?

April 16, 2013 After two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon on Monday, President Obama huddled with some of his closest advisers. In the Oval Office was Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and FBI Director Robert Mueller, who sat with his chin in his hands and a white binder in his lap. Across from...

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