Mexico's drug wars are spilling over into the US, forcing Obama's administration to refocus attention on the border.
Defense Secretary Gates said Tehran was not close to having a bomb. A new report in which senior advisers to Obama participated urges further sanctions.
Though the Pentagon budget is slated to rise, he confronts an urgent need to force greater discipline on military spending.
Officials visiting this week press for continued funding of an antidrug strategy and passage of a free-trade agreement.
President Obama must decide whether to embrace or change Bush's detention policies.
Obama's order to send 17,000 more troops comes before US has set a clear strategy.