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Noah Shachtman is Foreign Policy's executive editor of news, directing the magazine's coverage of breaking events in international security, intelligence, and global affairs. A Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, he's reported from Afghanistan, Israel, Iraq, and Russia. He's written about technology and defense for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Slate, Salon, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, among others.
Previously, Shachtman was a contributing editor at Wired magazine, where he co-founded and edited its national security blog, Danger Room. The site took home the Online Journalism Award for best beat reporting in 2007, and a 2012 National Magazine Award for reporting in digital media.
Shachtman has spoken before audiences at West Point, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Aspen Security Forum, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Harvard Law School, and National Defense University. The offices of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, and the Director of National Intelligence have all asked him to contribute to discussions on cyber security and emerging threats. The Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, ABC News, and NPR have looked to him to provide insight on military developments.
In 2003, Shachtman founded DefenseTech.org, which quickly emerged as one of the web's leading resources on military hardware. The site was later sold to Military.com. During his tenure at Wired, he patrolled with Marines in the heart of Afghanistan's opium country, embedded with a Baghdad bomb squad, pored over the biggest investigation in FBI history, exposed technical glitches in the U.S. drone program, snuck into the Los Alamos nuclear lab, profiled Silicon Valley gurus and Russian cybersecurity savants, and underwent experiments by Pentagon-funded scientists at Stanford.
Before turning to journalism, Shachtman worked as a professional bass player, book editor, and campaign staffer on Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign. A graduate of Georgetown University and a former student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Shachtman lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Elizabeth, and their sons, Leo and Giovanni., John HudsonJohn Hudson is a senior reporter at Foreign Policy covering diplomacy and national security.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would still like to meet with their Russian counterparts on Friday, even though their boss just cancelled his Moscow summit with Vladimir Putin. They’ve got things to discuss: Syria, Iran, the 2014 Olympics, and missile defense, to name a few.
Whether the Russians decide to show for the planned meetings in DC after President Obama’s diplomatic snub of Putin is a bit of an open question.
"It’s their move now. We still think it’s prudent to have this meeting," a U.S. official tells The Cable. "As of this moment we’re planning to meet."
"There are a number of issues that are important for us to discuss," the official adds. "But we’ll need to see if there’s progress on any of those areas before bringing it up to the highest levels."
Both countries have reasons for keeping the lines of communication open, from nuclear arms to Syria’s civil war. But Russia’s refusal to handover NSA leaker Edward Snowden created a diplomatic rift between the two nations, which White House Press Secretary Jay Carney openly called out in a Wednesday morning statement. "Russia’s disappointing decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum was also a factor that we considered in assessing the current state of our bilateral relationship," said Carney.
The tit-for-tat decision was decidedly "un-Obama," as Matthew Rojansky, a Russia expert at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, put it. But the White House came under significant pressure from members of Congress to retaliate against the Kremlin for harboring Snowden. Many of those Representatives are now applauding Obama’s decision.
"The President was absolutely right to cancel his meeting with Putin," said Rep. Eliot Engel, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "Russia’s decision to grant Snowden temporary asylum was a deliberate provocation – and one I believe was designed to further undermine U.S.-Russia relations, which have already suffered from Russian intransigence on a number of other important issues. While our ties with Moscow are certainly important, we must show Russia that its harboring of a wanted fugitive like Edward Snowden will negatively affect our relationship."
The committee’s Republican chairman responded to Wednesday’s news in kind. "This should help make clear that the Russian government’s giving Edward Snowden ‘refugee’ status is unacceptable," Royce said. "Snowden should be sent to the U.S. to defend his actions in a U.S. court of law."
Hagel and Kerry will tackle issues besides the NSA leaker. But the White House has made it clear that prospects for significant breakthroughs were already slim. "Given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last twelve months, we have informed the Russian Government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda," Carney said.
Though some in Congress discouraged the White House against it, the President still intends to attend the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg beginning on September 5.
Shane Harris is a senior staff writer at Foreign Policy, covering intelligence and cyber security. He is the author of The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, which chronicles the creation of a vast national security apparatus and the rise of surveillance in America. The Watchers won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Economist named it one of the best books of 2010. Shane is the winner of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He has four times been named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honor the best journalists in America under the age of 35. Prior to joining Foreign Policy, he was the senior writer for The Washingtonian and a staff correspondent at National Journal.| The Cable |
Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable. His column appears bi-weekly in the print edition of The Washington Post. He can be reached for comments or tips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.
A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.
Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C.| The Cable |