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  • Are America’s Stealth Bombers Ready for Action?

    The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber can avoid most modern adversaries’ defenses, but it is currently facing a different threat: defense budget cuts. Of the 20 B-2s in existence, only 16 are operational at any given time due to maintenance schedules; a recent report claims there may only be nine available. … More

    For Marines, Forces Shrink as Responsibilities Grow

    The President recently directed Marines to be stationed at diplomatic locations in volatile regions of the world, as part of a response to the Benghazi attack last year. Meanwhile, Marines are also deploying across the world for myriad security concerns—even as they contemplate a significantly reduced force due to defense … More

    China Rising, U.S. Sinking Without Subs

    Tomorrow, the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Undersea Warfare Capabilities and Challenges.” As the Navy and Congress work to preserve the fleet amidst budget cuts and submarine buildups in China and Russia, here are some issues to consider. Ohio-Class Replacement The Ohio-class … More

    Obama’s Goals in Syria Remain Unclear

    Red lines work only when they are red. This is one of the foreign policy lessons President Obama has not learned. The President has had to redefine what his “red line” on chemical weapons use constituted in Syria and has not explained a clear plan for America’s involvement in the … More

    U.S. Fleet Shrinks as China and India Build New Aircraft Carriers

    India launched its new aircraft carrier last week, the 37,500-ton INS Vikrant. In response, a state-run Chinese newspaper called for more carriers in the People’s Liberation Army Navy fleet. Meanwhile, U.S. carriers—and the entire U.S. Navy—are struggling to meet fleet size requirements due to a chronically underfunded shipbuilding account and … More

    Sustaining the Navy Surface Fleet

    The House Armed Services Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittees are holding a joint hearing today to discuss the future of the Navy’s surface fleet. The Navy is currently juggling sequestration, the pivot to the Asia–Pacific, and unforeseen requirements in the Persian Gulf. Meanwhile, the sea service is also … More

    Sexual Assault: Women in Congress, Military Argue for Restraint

    Senators Kelly Ayotte (R–NH) and Claire McCaskill (D–MO) and a number of retired female military officers recently urged restraint in changing the military justice system in response to the problem of sexual assault in the military. The women agreed that sexual misconduct in the military is a serious concern; however, … More

    Egypt: Marines on Standby

    U.S. Marines from Morón, Spain, have been moved to the U.S. base in Sigonella, Italy, to station more forces closer to Egypt as a response to the events happening there. There is a sentiment among many in politics that America can pull back its global presence, cut the military, and … More

    The National Guard, Supporting Local Efforts in Tornado Relief

    In response to the tornado that struck the Moore, Oklahoma, area last week, the National Guard mobilized 250 personnel to assist state and local response forces. The Guard brought unique capabilities critical to restoring security and safety in the devastated area. The people of Oklahoma—and the United States—owe a great … More

    President Wishes Away Terrorism

    Today, President Obama acknowledged the myriad terrorist threats around the world during his remarks at the National Defense University. Yet his description was much rosier than reality: “Today, the core of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on a path to defeat.” That point is debatable by itself, but it … More