- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.
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.
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| Best Defense |