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  • Daily Archives: June 14, 2012

    On Its 237th Birthday, U.S. Army Contemplates Its Future

    Troops in Afghanistan

    The U.S. Army is the nation’s oldest military service. It was founded in 1775 by the Continental Congress with an allocation of $2 million. The tradition remains sound, but the costs have certainly gone up. Around the world, in environments both calm and hostile, the soldiers, sergeants, and officers of … More

    Egypt’s Slow-Motion Coup

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    Egypt’s rocky transition to democracy has been further complicated by a judicial ruling today that dissolved parliament and sets the stage for renewed public protests and intensifying political struggle. A presidential runoff election is scheduled to begin Saturday, but the next president is likely to inherit a country with few … More

    Lobbying Pays Off in Latest Batch of Energy Department Handouts

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    Green-energy lobbying firm Liebman & Associates is up front about the service it provides. “With Mr. Liebman’s strategic counsel,” explains the bio of President Murray Liebman, “L&A’s clients have secured well over one billion dollars ($1B) in federal government investment.” Liebman followed through on that claim this week. The former staffer … More

    Who Is John Powers?

    He graduated from Annapolis. He flew the Douglas SBD “Dauntless” dive bomber, a plane that had a reputation for being slow and outmoded even before World War II began. The SBD served as the mainstay of the Navy’s carrier strike force into 1943. On May 7, 1942, Powers led his … More

    Protecting the Grid: DOD Fortifies Itself Against Threat of Cyber Attacks

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently made the disturbing announcement that the U.S. military is currently unprepared for a well-executed cyber attack. His call to rapidly implement a transitional cyberwarfare intelligence framework—known as Joint Staff Transitional Cyberspace Operations Command and Control Concept of Operations—should be strongly considered. The Department of … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Why Fathers Matter

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    This weekend, many Americans will be scouring stores for the latest tech toys or tools to express their gratitude to Dad this Father’s Day. While many will thank their fathers for the memories of fishing trips and driving lessons, the benefits of a father’s care and concern extend far beyond … More

    LOST on the Web Ads

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    You may have seen the Web ads: “Five Secretaries of State from Former Republican Administrations Endorse Law of the Sea Ratification,” they declare. The point is obvious: If these grizzled foreign-policy veterans support the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), so should you. But hold on. When it comes to … More

    America’s Response to China’s Challenge in Space

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    Sometime in the next week, most likely this weekend, China will launch Shenzhou-IX, its fourth crewed mission into space. If all proceeds according to plan, this mission will see the Chinese engage in their first manned docking, as the Shenzou-IX spacecraft links with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab. The Chinese … More

    Is Flag Day Passé?

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    When humankind has enjoyed the blessings of liberty to any degree for any substantial length of time, it has been made possible by a nation-state that is properly defined and enforced, with its sovereignty respected. Of course, all nations are not established equally, and the United States is exceptional among … More

    Farm Bill: Bumper Crop of Food Stamps

    The farm bill pending in the Senate has a bumper crop of food stamps. The bill, S.3240 (the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act), should be renamed the “Food Stamp Expansion Act.” The bulk of the spending in the bill is targeted to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also … More