Prime minister Gilani arrives at the White House Monday. Likely topics: counterterrorism and democratic stability.
The US also hopes to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran for the first time in 30 years, according to the Guardian newspaper.
Some US experts worry that a smuggling ring gave rogue states plans for a light warhead, apparently from Pakistan.
The Air National Guard is drawing from Microsoft, Cisco, and other high-tech firms.
The fall election and an era of diffused power may be factors.
Amid democratic recession, the US must rethink its freedom agenda.