For a new book, Kill or Capture, investigative reporter Dan Klaidman examined how President Obama came to embrace the drone program, and the closed-door process that determines under what circumstances drones are deployed. He talks about the administration's growing reliance on covert attacks.
U.S. officials say a drone strike killed al-Qaida's number two operative. Abu Yahya al-Libi had risen to the top ranks within the terrorist group after the death of Osama bin Laden. He gained notoriety in 2005 after escaping from the prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. A U.S. official says Abu Yahya's death is a major blow to the group. Robert Siegel talks to Tom Gjelten for more.
New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger details how President Obama accelerated the use of innovative weapons to fight the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and sped up a wave of cyberattacks against Iran to destroy its nuclear centrifuges.
With its step-by-step return to Asia, the U.S. is looking for ways to send a message to China without picking a fight. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is visiting the region, emphasizing that the U.S. is back but with a much lighter touch. In Vietnam, he's hoping to build stronger defense ties.
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