President Obama addresses the nation tonight in his fifth State of the Union speech. The focus will be jobs and the economy, but he's also expected to announce the withdrawal of 34,000 troops from Afghanistan.
That move comes at a time of turmoil for the Department of Defense. It's scaling down operations in anticipation of looming spending cuts, and the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary is stalled in committee while Senate Republicans threaten a filibuster.
For more we're joined by Gordon Lubold with Foreign Policy Magazine.