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JJ Sutherland

JJ Sutherland covers the Pentagon for NPR. Since 2004 he has regularly spent time in Iraq as part of NPR's award-winning team of reporters and producers who have dedicated themselves to covering the conflict.

He won many awards for other coverage, which mean a lot to many journalists, but perhaps not so much to anyone else.

He has also reported from Afghanistan and the Israeli Lebanon war in 2006. In between overseas assignments, Sutherland was senior producer at large for NPR, working at just about every position in the building, from blogger to editor to producer to management.

Before covering conflicts, he was the founding executive producer of both NPR's midday newsmagazine Day to Day and The Tavis Smiley Show. As assistant managing editor, he opened NPR West in California.

Prior to coming to work at NPR he was the producer of WNYC's On The Media in New York, and also worked for WBUR in Boston.

He grew up in Denver and Boston, occasionally attended college, and has an only slightly disturbing affinity for bad science fiction.


One of the big-ticket items in any budget deal will have to be the defense budget. The latest budget request calls for spending about $700 billion on defense next year, the highest level since World War II. President Obama has already proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in defense cuts, and proposals by the Senate's "Gang of Six" call for hundreds of billions more over the next decade.

(NPR producer JJ Sutherland has been in Japan since shortly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11. He has sent us this report about the destruction he saw in one city.)

The sheer scale of it stuns you.

I'm going to talk about one town, in one place, but the same thing is repeated over and over and over again up the northeastern seaboard of Japan.

First it's the GPS router of doom, now the robots are just going to be driving the cars?

The New York Times had a piece over the weekend that outlined yet another Google-cum-robot plan for world domination. Robot cars. No, really, I'm serious.