In the face of sequester budget cuts, the American military is shrinking significantly. Normally associated with peacetime adjustments, downsizing during wartime is unheard of. For some officials, such as Acting Deputy Secretary Christine Fox, this is cause for concern.
"What I felt on the Ganges," says Atul Gawande, the surgeon and author of Being Mortal, "was he had brought us there and connected himself to all that was important to him, but he was connecting us as well."
Experts are scrambling to find out exactly what kind of bomb went off in North Korea on Wednesday. The detective work could take days or weeks as seismic waves are more closely analyzed and US and Japanese sniffer planes try to test atomic plume particles.