With a hearing coming up fast on Wednesday, sources on the Capitol Hill have released the names of the whistleblowers who will weigh on that terrible day in September 2012.


For several years, the Navy has carried out a variety of irregular warfare (IW) and counterterrorism (CT) activities. Among the most readily visible of the Navy’s recent IW operations have been those carried out by Navy sailors serving ashore in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the Navy’s contributions to IW operations around the world are made by Navy individual augmentees (IAs)–individual Navy sailors, assigned is an ad hoc fashion to various DOD operations.


Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (East Asia) David Helvey will hold a press briefing today for journalists on the 2013 DOD report to Congress on the “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” at 2 p.m. EDT in the Pentagon Briefing Room (2E973).

Upstart Buzzfeed is going global and moving aggressively into the foreign affairs and national security game. Bureaus in Cairo and Mexico City will be complemented by a coterie of staff writers and a headquarters in DC.

Earlier this morning The Daily Beast announced that Josh Rogin will be joining their team at the end of the month. Rogin had previously been with Foreign Policy magazine since 2009 and is known for scooping the competition.


Israel’s twin airstrikes over the weekend have complicated the Obama administration‘s stance on Syria, and have led some to believe that the best solution may be to stay out of the fighting all together.

The former director of Policy Planning for the State Department, on the other hand, is adamant about the US’ role in stopping the violence and has doubled down on her position an intervention may be necessary, on humanitarian grounds.

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Robert Caruso is a veteran of the United States Navy, and has worked for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Business Transformation Agency and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.