Best Defense

New evidence that Hagel may be awake

A spokesman says that the defense secretary is concerned by recent news of even more problems in the Air Force’s nuclear missile units and suspects "there could be something larger afoot here." Also, Robert Burns of the AP is hereby awarded Best Defense’s prestigious Birddog Prize for staying on this story. Anyone can break a ...

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Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

A spokesman says that the defense secretary is concerned by recent news of even more problems in the Air Force’s nuclear missile units and suspects "there could be something larger afoot here."

Also, Robert Burns of the AP is hereby awarded Best Defense’s prestigious Birddog Prize for staying on this story. Anyone can break a scoop, but it takes a determined, energetic reporter to track, develop, and deepen it.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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