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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Panetta expects half of defense cuts to come from weapons programs

November 2, 2011 During a classified briefing on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he expects about half of the $450 billion that the Pentagon must slash from its budget over the next 10 years to come from weapons programs, House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., told reporters, according to Reuters. Panetta...

U.S. soldier admits he removed fingers from Afghan corpses

November 1, 2011 The suspected ringleader of a group of American soldiers accused of killing civilians in Afghanistan and snapping pictures of themselves with the corpses admits to taking fingers from the bodies as war trophies, his attorney told a courtroom on Monday. Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, 26, denies involvement in the three...

Rice: U.S. could have 'done better' in Iraq without distrust among Bush officials

November 1, 2011 Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the American invasion of Iraq, but said that the U.S. could have "done better" without a cycle of distrust and dysfunction among Bush administration officials. When George Stephanopoulos of ABC News asked Rice whether the cost of the war in Iraq had been...

U.S. officials were warned of abuse at Afghan prisons, paper reports

October 31, 2011 Top U.S. officials were given warning of detainee abuse in Afghan prisons, but continued to transfer detainees to problematic facilities, The Washington Post reports. Afghan and Western officials told the Post that top officials from the State Department, the CIA and U.S. military received "multiple warnings" about detainee abuses at...

Panetta: Defense budget likely to include $250B in cuts over 5 years

October 28, 2011 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the department will release a five-year budget to Congress in February with about $250 billion in cuts. Panetta's comments on Thursday, during a trip to South Korea, come as the Pentagon is embroiled in a review of how to cut roughly $450 billion over the...

Pentagon's embattled personnel official resigns

October 27, 2011 Clifford Stanley, the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness who was under investigation by the Pentagon's inspector general after allegations of gross mismanagement and abuse of power, is resigning. The Pentagon announced on Thursday that Stanley submitted his resignation to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and plans to leave the...

Insiders: State Department ill-equipped to lead Iraq transition

October 25, 2011 Eighty percent of National Journal's National Security Insiders said the State Department would not be ready to assume control of the mission in Iraq with only a small number of U.S. troops remaining in the country. Separately, the pool of national security and foreign policy experts were split down the...

Libyans say Qaddafi dead, U.S. yet to confirm

October 20, 2011 Even as Libya's interim government hailed the death of Muammar el-Qaddafi, neither the White House, Pentagon nor State Department could confirm his capture or killing after a gunbattle at the toppled leader's hometown of Surt. "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar el-Qaddafi has been...

Clinton arrives in Libya, pledges more aid for wounded, securing weapons

October 18, 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Tripoli on Tuesday, pledging millions of dollars in new aid to provide medical care for Libyans wounded during the uprising that toppled longtime leader Muammar el-Qaddafi and to secure the country's weapons depots. Clinton is the most senior U.S. official to visit...

Report: U.S. officials met with Haqqani network

October 5, 2011 As the Haqqani network was stepping up attacks in and around Kabul, U.S. officials met secretly with the militant group tied to al-Qaida and Pakistan, The Wall Street Journal reports. The meeting, which took place before the group launched a high-profile, 20-hour assault on the U.S. embassy last month, was...

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