The Joint Strike Fighter is the largest and most expensive weapons program in history. It is suppose to be a "cheap" replacement for a number of fighters flown by every U.S. military service, but it's years behind schedule and billions over budget. Host Rachel Martin talks with Adam Ciralsky, who wrote an article in Vanity Fair about the troubled history of the F-35.
Some experts in the U.S. say Somali-American young people are at greater risk of religious radicalization. Host Michel Martin speaks with homeland security advisor Mohamed Elibiary, and Mark Brunswick of Minnesota's Star Tribune about homegrown terrorism.
Syrian rebel groups say the pipeline of weapons, ammunition and nonlethal aid pledged by the U.S. has slowed in recent weeks, as the Obama administration has shifted focus to destroying President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons. The rebels have a broader goal: destroying the Assad regime.
The deadly attack at a mall in Kenya has a lot of people concerned about "soft targets" here in the U.S. Michel Martin speaks to security expert Clark Kent Ervin for more on how locations like malls, sports arenas and churches can stay safe.
Africa has increasingly become a focus of anti-terror efforts. The U.S. is providing training and intelligence assistance to a number of countries, and is particularly concerned about the arc of countries in northern Africa, stretching from Mali to Somalia.
In a conversation with Bronwyn Burton of the Atlantic Council, Steve Inskeep gets a history of al-Shabab, the Islamist militant group that's claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on a Nairobi mall. She says the attack was aimed more at the West than Kenyans.
Even as it continues to grapple with concerns about its data-gathering operations, the National Security Agency is poised to open a massive facility where cellphone, text message, email and landline data can be stored and analyzed.
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