March 14th, 2013
02:38 PM ET

CNN's Barbara Starr reports: Iran confronts U.S. drone over Persian Gulf

From CNN's Security Clearance Blog: "Iranian military aircraft targeted a U.S. Predator drone over the Persian Gulf this week, administration officials said. It was the latest in Iranian efforts to thwart the U.S. military's airborne intelligence collections efforts in the region." READ MORE:

July 30th, 2012
06:08 PM ET

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta talks with CNN's Barbara Starr

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr spoke with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in an exclusive interview at the start of Panetta’s week-long trip to the Middle East and North Africa. Vvisit CNN’s Security Clearance Blog for additional information

Please credit all usage of the information to CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr


July 25th, 2012
12:25 PM ET

Jill Dougherty previews the Aspen Security Forum

CNN foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty shows us the workspace and live shot set-up in Aspen, Colorado, where the Aspen Security Forum kicks off today. The event will feature panels with both former and current officials on topics including how to assess the terror threat, the role of special operations, and cybersecurity. CNN is a co-sponsor of the forum and will provide complete coverage on-air and at on the CNN Security Clearance blog.

Beginning Wednesday, watch The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer live from Aspen, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET.

More information via CNN SECURITY CLEARANCE: Aspen Security Forum: A viewer's guide

Topics: CNN • Security Clearance
The future’s so “bright” – I carry an optimistic flashlight
June 14th, 2012
04:39 PM ET

The future’s so “bright” – I carry an optimistic flashlight

It’s summertime, which means this is the time of year when graduating seniors look at each other and mouth the words: “What now?” To make matters worse, this year’s graduates are tossing off their caps and staring down a uniquely unstable job market. Despite economists’ predictions, long-term unemployment (meaning, being without a job for more than six months) still reaches record-high levels, swelling from 5.1 million to 5.4 million and comprising nearly half of all unemployed Americans.

With hope just a flicker of light in the distance, America’s jobless face a second set of challenges. According to a report by CNN, people out of work for more than a year have only a 10 percent chance of landing a job. On a higher note, the report also points out that most people remain optimistic that they will find employment within the next year.

But the impacts of unemployment stretch beyond one’s personal finances. CNN Health writer Elizabeth Landau reports that an extended period of joblessness can take a toll on self-worth and mental health. However, the article highlights tips and tactics to stay on track, such as exercising and creating a daily routine setting aside time for submitting resumes, searching for jobs and even eating meals.

Unemployment also impacts the family dynamic. CNN Photos has a gallery capturing the life of a family whose father has been facing unemployment for more than a year.

Words of wisdom to young women from Hillary Clinton may make us feel inspired, but as the high school teacher from Wellesley stated when he addressed the school’s graduating class: “You are not special”. CNN Opinion writer LZ Granderson agreed, but softened the blow by saying, “Everyone is special to someone. But no one is special to all.”

April 30th, 2012
04:06 PM ET

CNN obtains access to al Qaeda documents

A year since the death of Osama bin Laden, CNN has gained access to documents that outline al Qaeda's inner workings, including details of high-profile plots and attacks.

Journalists from the network – including CNN's senior international correspondent Nic Robertson – have viewed one of a total of 141 documents found following the arrest of two al Qaeda operates. The arrests, which were made by German intelligence operatives, took place in Europe in the days following the death of Osama bin Laden last year.

Robertson's report – Part 1

Robertson's report – Part 2