National Security

  • 2:47pm Feb 19, 2013
    National National

    Op-Ed: It's Time To Recognize The Valor Of Cyber Warriors

    Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the military will award a new medal to recognize exceptional accomplishments in areas including drone and cyber warfare. Brookings Institution senior fellow Peter Singer argues that this is an important step in recognizing the changing nature of war.
  • 7:52am Feb 18, 2013
    National National

    Hints Of Progress After Investigation At Guantanamo Court

    A pretrial hearing in the Sept. 11 case was suspended briefly last week to investigate allegations of eavesdropping. The commissions' chief prosecutor launched an investigation, and said no one was "listening, monitoring, recording" the proceedings. Defense attorneys seemed to take his word, which given the history of the commissions, is a baby step toward progress.
  • Some companies, frustrated with intrusions into their networks by cyberattackers, are now trying to turn the tables in the ongoing and complicated cyberwar.
    8:56am Feb 13, 2013
    National National

    Victims Of Cyberattacks Get Proactive Against Intruders

    Some affected private companies are so frustrated by their inability to defend against attacks that they have opted to go on the offense themselves. Some cybersecurity firms are now marketing cyberweapons and attack strategies to companies that want to go after their adversaries.
  • 2:01pm Feb 12, 2013
    World News World News National

    Looming Cuts Could Mean Big Changes For U.S. Military

    Without a deal by March 1, across-the-board federal spending cuts will kick in — including deep cuts to the nation's defense budget. Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, and NPR's Tom Bowman discuss what sequestration might mean for the U.S. military.
  • An analyst looks at code in the malware lab of a cybersecurity defense lab at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Sept. 29, 2011.
    Jim Urquhart / Reuters/Landov
    8:50am Feb 12, 2013
    National National

    In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are A Hot Commodity

    In the past, security researchers who stumbled on a software flaw would typically report the flaw to the software's manufacturer. But that changed when cyberweapon designers started looking at these flaws as vulnerabilities that could serve as a back door into a computer network.
  • 11:44am Feb 11, 2013
    National National

    Procedure Expected To Bog Down Hearing For Alleged Sept. 11 Planners

    Pretrial hearings resume Monday for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of helping plot the Sept. 11 attacks. There will be two competing narratives in the courtroom, however, with the prosecution focusing on the attacks, and the defense stressing the defendants' treatment after they were captured.
  • 7:27pm Feb 07, 2013
    World News World News National Science

    Blocking Iran With A Global Game Of Nuclear 'Keep Away'

    Obtaining the materials to make weapons-grade uranium or separated plutonium is harder than making a nuclear weapon, experts say. That's why the U.S. is engaged in a global effort to try to keep the specialized products out of hands it deems dangerous, like Iran.