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Marc Ambinder

Marc Ambinder is senior Defense One contributor. A Los-Angeles-based writer who covers national security, Ambinder is also a contributing editor at The Atlantic, GQ, and writes The Compass blog for The Week. He is the author of "Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry," and is working on a history of Cold War nuclear strategy.
Marc Ambinder is senior Defense One contributor. A Los-Angeles-based writer who covers national security, Ambinder is also a contributing editor at The Atlantic, GQ, and writes The Compass blog for The Week. He is the author of "Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry," and is working on a history of Cold War nuclear strategy.
Defense

Officials: Navigation system failure probable cause of drone crash

The unmanned aerial vehicle is one of fewer than 10 currently in operation, and its capture represents a major compromise in stealth technology.

Defense

Drone was gathering intelligence when it went down in Iran, U.S. officials say

Controllers reportedly lost contact with the prized stealth unmanned aerial drone last week over western Afghanistan.

Defense

Why Obama might veto defense bill: It would hurt the fight against terrorism

Analysis: Inside the administration's thinking on terrorism detentions.

Defense

A hot flash in the cold war with Pakistan

Attack that errantly killed at least 24 Pakistanis on Friday further inflames tensions.

Oversight

Obama keeps 'change agent' mantle in wake of super committee defeat

White House is determined not to let the congressional failure be judged a presidential failure as well.

Defense

Obama order will require agencies to better secure classified info

So-called "WikiLeaks" executive order has been long awaited by the national security establishment.

Defense

Obama issues preparedness goals

Plan relies heavily on cooperation among state, local and federal governments, and boosts the roles and responsibilities of the private sector.

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FBI, intel agencies investigating terror threat to New York, Washington

President Obama was briefed on the threat Thursday.

News

Analysis: Why Obama may stall the debt talks

Going slow is in the president's interest.

Defense

President sides with Gates over Petraeus on Afghan plan

Defense secretary will retire from public service next week with another big bureaucratic win under his belt.

Defense

Obama will announce Afghanistan troop decision on Wednesday

Petraeus has endorsed a drawdown of 30,000 troops by the end of 2012.

Defense

Gen. Petraeus would endorse 30,000 troops home by end of 2012

The commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan is expected to be confirmed by September as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Defense

White House Afghan review unlikely to alter slow drawdown

This time, Petraeus and the White House will keep deliberations process quiet and brief.

Defense

National Counterterrorism Center head to leave

Michael Leiter served in the Bush and Obama administrations.

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Oversight

Former Obama Secret Service agent running for senate in Maryland

It's a rare move for a member of the president's security detail.

Defense

In Joint Chiefs choice, Obama sees an independent but loyal soldier

Gen. Martin Dempsey would be the first Army official in the role since 2001.

Defense

Government fears too much disclosure in bin Laden raid will jeopardize future missions

The administration understands the public's demand for details of the rare mission but worries some officials are speaking too freely.

Oversight

Obama endorses spending, tax targets in budget talks

The president makes his remarks at a CBS town-hall meeting.

Defense

In raid on bin Laden, little-known geospatial agency played vital role

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency provided key data and intelligence for capturing the terrorist leader.

Defense

Goal was to kill, not capture bin Laden

Navy SEALS's decision to fatally shoot the terrorist mastermind -- even though he didn’t have a weapon -- wasn’t an accident.