November 21, 2012 The Gaza conflict took the focus off a possible confrontation between Israel and Iran. Israel has threatened to strike Iran over its nuclear program. Some see the Gaza fighting as a trial run, and it has been closely watched for possible military lessons.
November 17, 2012 President Obama's critics say the September attack in Libya and the official response reflect poorly on his administration. While they focused on TV comments by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, David Petraeus' resignation from the CIA complicated the debate. Some — but not all — questions were answered in closed hearings this week.
November 14, 2012 U.S. foreign policy and military commitments in the Middle East have long been tied to U.S. dependence on oil from the region. But imports from the Persian Gulf have actually declined sharply in recent years, which may lead to a realignment of policy priorities and an easing up of U.S. presence there.
October 25, 2012 It would be virtually impossible for any country to be energy independent. Energy security is a more realistic goal, however. U.S. oil production is on track to surpass Saudi Arabia's, and imports are falling. Also, increased regional production could mean the U.S. buys more oil from places like Brazil and Canada and less from producers in the Middle East.
September 12, 2012 For years, the U.S. Army has been using sophisticated data analysis to identify "high-value" targets and dismantle the groups that plant IEDs. With billions of dollars at stake, however, a major battle has erupted over which software the Army should use.
August 24, 2012 An alleged war plan leaked to a blogger says the attack is designed to take out Iran's Internet, telephones, radio and television transmissions and electrical grid. Although a cyberattack of that scale makes sense in theory, it's unclear whether Israel has such a capacity.
August 10, 2012 A common cybercriminal tactic appears to have been adopted by a nation-state for classic espionage purposes. The Kaspersky Lab in Moscow says the Gauss virus is targeting several large banks in Lebanon. Though the nation-state behind the virus hasn't been identified, analysts say it may be part of a U.S. effort.
July 31, 2012 The Obama administration has initiated more prosecutions against leakers than all previous administrations combined. But Mitt Romney is focusing on what he alleges is the administration's record of leaking classified information for political purposes. Republicans cite the details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden as one example.