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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Drone Lobbyist: 'I Don't Use the Word Drone'

March 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drones are coming to U.S. skies. The Federal Aviation Administration is charged with finding a safe way for drones to fly for commercial purposes by 2015, but civil-liberties advocates worry that privacy rights might suffer. As the debate continues, National Journal caught up with Michael Toscano, chief of Washington’s drone...

Invasion of the Drones Has Senate Panel’s Attention

March 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Like it or not, the drones are coming to American skies. Congress already directed the Federal Aviation Administration to find a safe way for drones to fly for commercial purposes by 2015. Ensuring the skies—already crowded with piloted aircraft—will remain safe is not an easy task for the agency. Now...

Behind Rand Paul's Filibuster of John Brennan

March 7, 2013 Sen. Rand Paul is at it again: Angry about the Obama administration’s claim there may be situations when it might be appropriate to kill U.S. citizens on American soil in certain situations, the Kentucky Republican took to the Senate floor for nearly 13 hours, from Wednesday at 11:47 a.m. until...

National Security Insiders: Sequestration is Going to Happen

February 12, 2013 Sequestration is now the most likely scenario, according to 78 percent of National Journal's National Security Insiders, who are not optimistic that Congress and the White House will reach a deal to reduce the deficit by the March 1 deadline. "Since neither side is able to put the national interest...

White House should develop rules for drone program, insiders say

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A strong 87 percent majority of National Journal's National Security Insiders say that the White House should develop formal rules for the drone program targeting terrorists overseas. But 58 percent of Insiders believe that those rules should be kept secret. "Drones have introduced a new element into warfare. Along with...

Vast majority of national security insiders want Defense, CIA nominees confirmed

January 15, 2013 Washington is abuzz with speculation about whether defense hawks’ opposition will derail the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary. The Nebraska Republican is under fire for his reluctance to consider military action against Iran and his past disparaging remarks against the “Jewish lobby.” But 82 percent of...

Cybersecurity is one of five key national security issues in 2013

December 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It has been a turbulent year, with violence continuing in Syria, heated debates over the defense-budget topline, and the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. National Journal looks at five key national-security issues that the U.S. will wrangle next year. 1. SYRIA. As the Syrian civil war escalates, observers on all...

Rice withdraws from secretary of State consideration

December 13, 2012 After months of criticism for her response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of State, the White House said on Thursday. Amid heavy pressure from Republican opponents and potential political backlash if she were nominated to succeed Secretary...

Lieberman vows not to budge on defense cuts in final votes

December 7, 2012 Sen. Joe Lieberman is taking his last stand for the military budget -- which, he says, has already been terribly eviscerated -- before he retires after 24 years in the upper chamber. For the independent (former Democrat) from Connecticut, time is running out as we approach the fiscal cliff. Edited...

Troops not safe from sequestration

November 16, 2012 If Washington’s defense community has achieved one thing over the past year, it’s spreading the message of how the fiscal cliff could desecrate the military. Sequestration cuts of $55 billion would jeopardize weapons contracts, furlough civilian staff, and imperil national security, defense hawks say. One glaring casualty has gotten far...

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