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  • Military Readiness at a Tipping Point

    “The readiness of our Armed Forces is at a tipping point.” That’s how General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, began a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee while discussing the Department of Defense’s (DOD) budget woes. He cites “budget conditions unfolding right now” as the … More

    Navy Acknowledges Growing Readiness Concerns

    The Navy has acknowledged its budgetary concerns and is hedging for further cuts by laying out priorities and describing what will be hit hardest, according to a Department of Navy memo obtained by Politico. The document acknowledges that both Navy and Marine Corps operations and maintenance (O&M) accounts will be … More

    Russia Sails New Nuclear Submarine While U.S. Continues Fleet Delays

    Last week, after long delays, Russia made operational a new ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), or nuclear submarine, for the first time in over 20 years. This marks a significant step forward for the Russian Navy, which has pledged tens of billions of dollars to revitalize its fleet in the near … More

    Economic Development and Disaster Relief Inhibited by the Jones Act

    If the Jones Act was created to mitigate disasters at sea, why has it been waived during such disasters? Such a question was posed in a recent Bloomberg article. The answer is that, rather than supporting wartime goals or sustaining national security, the Jones Act now serves primarily as a … More

    Don’t Pull U.S. Troops Out of Europe

    Throughout recent federal budget discussions, strategies to pull America out of recession, and the potential for massive cuts to national security, one cost cutting idea has been to withdraw U.S. military forces from Europe. The primary arguments behind such proposals are that this will save money immediately and that these … More

    The Eleventh Hour: Still Time Left to Stop Massive Defense Cuts

    The threat of sequestration—the half-trillion dollar cut to defense set to occur January 2, 2013—has been debated and prevention plans have been discussed since before it was even written into law. The budgetary measure was written to be so unpalatable that Congress and the Administration would have to find a … More

    Strategic Shift Could Harm Middle East Policy

    The Pentagon’s strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific has come under increasing scrutiny as conflicts continue in the Middle East, particularly in Israel. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale recently contributed to this debate at the annual El Pomar Conference in Colorado Springs, saying, “The Administration’s strategy fails because it … More

    Heritage Finds Solutions to Sequestration

    With sequestration—the automatic reductions to the federal government set to occur January 2, 2013—looming ever closer, The Heritage Foundation has put forth a proposal to replace these cuts and avert the disaster. Heritage’s Patrick Louis Knudsen recently detailed $150 billion worth of savings to be found in the federal budget … More

    Post-Election, Refocusing on National Security

    According to research by Politico, interest in the impending automatic defense cuts took a dive leading up to the election. But as the post-election polling and punditry subside, American citizens are returning their focus to pressing matters such as the so-called fiscal cliff and sequestration. Yet on Capitol Hill—where these … More

    For U.S. Navy Fleet, "Quantity Has a Quality of Its Own"

    Size does matter—when it comes to the U.S. Navy. Representative J. Randy Forbes (R–VA), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R–NH), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, are the latest officials to raise concern over the U.S. Navy’s shrinking … More