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Are Drones Obama's Legacy In War On Terrorism?

One privilege — or burden — of the Oval Office is that each inhabitant gets to decide how dirty to get his hands in wartime. Although the CIA program is classified, published accounts say President Obama has decided to take personal responsibility for making decisions about whom drones will target and kill.

Secrecy Stifles Debate On Black Operations

The U.S. conducts warfare against terrorists and against some states on many different levels, and in many far-flung places. David Sanger, author of Confront and Conceal, and NPR commentator Ted Koppel talk about the reliance on secrecy in warfare and how open the administration should be.

50 Years After A Cold War Drama, A Silver Star

Francis Gary Powers became an iconic Cold War figure when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. Yet when he returned home, a shadow hung over him. On Friday, the Pentagon honored him posthumously.

With DREAM Order, Obama Did What Presidents Do: Act Without Congress

President Obama's immigration order Friday angered some lawmakers — not unlike earlier members of Congress when presidents used executive authority to complete the Louisiana Purchase, sign the Emancipation Proclamation, integrate the U.S. military and order warrantless surveillance after Sept. 11.

In Washington, Leaking As A Way Of Life

The debate over news leaks bubbled up again this week after reports that The New York Times relied on information from top-tier and unnamed U.S. officials to reveal details about the U.S. cyberbattle against Iran. On the 40th anniversary of Watergate, here's a look at the "pressure valves of democracy."

On The Ground With Troops In Afghanistan

NPR's Pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman, recently spent several weeks in Afghanistan following the last major combat offensive in the region. He and Andrew Exum of the Center for a New American Security talk about the situation on the ground just two years shy of the withdrawal deadline.

The Pentagon's Biggest Threat In Years? Budget Cuts

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testified about the defense budget on Capitol Hill Wednesday.