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April 21, 2013
Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Washington Post Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran received his Bachelor of Science in political science from Stanford University in 1994. Later that year, he joined the Washington Post as a technology correspondent before transitioning to overseas assignments. Prior to the Iraq War, he served as a Southeast Asia correspondent until his appointment as bureau chief in Cairo. Following the invasion of Iraq, he began a posting as Baghdad bureau chief. In 2007, he took over as National Editor at the Post until returning to the field in 2009 to cover Afghanistan. Chandrasekaran is the author of two books. Photo: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post

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Info: Our guest is Washington Post Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran. He discusses his recent Washington Post article titled, “Too Big to Bail,” an examination of the embattled F-35 jet fighter program. He highlights the program’s unique ability to avoid budget cuts despite increases in production costs and delayed project completion. He points out that the program will not receive spending reductions from the budget sequester process. He defines what opponents of the F-35 call “political engineering” which he describes as a process employed by defense contractors to spread production throughout as many states as possible. He says this is one of many reasons defense contractor Lockheed Martin gets continued funding for their advanced fighter jet for the Navy, Air Force and Marines. Chandrasekaran reviews his time as a war correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the two books he wrote as a result, “Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone” and “Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan.” He discusses another Washington Post article he wrote titled “5 Myths about Iraq,” and comments on the scandals which led to the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal and General David Petraeus.

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