national security

  • January 12, 2017  

    President-elect Trump has said he would like to improve relations with Russia. But his choice for defense secretary, Gen. James Mattis, views Russia as America’s number one threat. What’s the reality of the White House-Kremlin dynamic? Steve Inskeep discusses with Evelyn Farkas, a former Defense Department official, and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia. Continue reading

  • December 6, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, President Obama gave his last major national security speech, defending his record on fighting terrorism while maintaining American ideals. Addressing troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Mr. Obama said he had overseen a “shift” in U.S. efforts to combat terror. Also, in Iraq, anti-Islamic State army units made a new push toward the center of Mosul. Continue reading

  • File photo of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn by Gary Cameron/Reuters
    November 18, 2016  

    President-elect Donald Trump made two more major appointments this week: retired Army lieutenant general Michael Flynn as national security adviser and Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo as head of the CIA. Michael Ledeen of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, join Judy Woodruff to discuss. Continue reading

  • October 21, 2016  

    The National Security Agency contractor accused of mishandling massive amounts of classified data has been deemed a flight risk. In August, Harold Martin was arrested at his home in Maryland, where the equivalent of half a billion pages of documents and electronic data was found, some allegedly taken from NSA headquarters. William Brangham speaks with Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times for more. Continue reading

  • October 5, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, President Obama praised the Paris climate agreement, set to take effect next month, as “the best possible shot to save the one planet that we’ve got.” Also, the United Nations Security Council agreed that Antonio Guterres of Portugal should be the next secretary-general. Continue reading

  • September 21, 2016   BY  

    A government report released Wednesday said climate change is likely to pose a significant national security challenge for the U.S. over the next two decades. Continue reading

  • September 19, 2016  

    Following a shootout, New York police apprehended their suspect for Saturday’s actual and attempted bombings in New York and New Jersey. Twenty-eight-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan, was seized after being recognized sleeping in the doorway of a New Jersey bar. Earlier in the day, a text message alert urged New Yorkers to call 911 if they saw him. Continue reading

  • September 19, 2016  

    With terrorism suddenly at the forefront of the news, Hillary Clinton campaigned on her national security qualifications, referencing experiences in the Situation Room and dealing with foreign enemies of the U.S. Meanwhile, Donald Trump called into Fox News to suggest that police have been constrained in pursuing suspects because they are under pressure not to profile. John Yang reports. Continue reading

  • September 19, 2016  

    Mirroring their dissimilar campaigns, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump responded very differently to Saturday’s bombings, with Clinton emphasizing her experience and Trump focusing on immigration. But even when they’re discussing the same issues, are the candidates evaluated according to separate standards? Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and NPR’s Tamara Keith join Gwen Ifill to discuss. Continue reading

  • September 6, 2016  

    Tim Kaine visited Wilmington, North Carolina, on Tuesday, to deliver an address on national security. The Democratic vice presidential nominee joins Gwen Ifill to to draw a sharp contrast between his running mate Hillary Clinton and her opposition, and to discuss Clinton’s lifelong passions, Russian hacking and what he perceives as Trump’s sexism about “presidential” qualities. Continue reading

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