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  • Defense Cuts Leaving the U.S. Navy Toothless?

    Earlier this month, the Obama administration released the annual FY2015 budget request for the Department of Defense. As analysts pore over the several thousand pages detailing spending plans for each program in the U.S. military, a number of head-scratching decisions are coming to light. For example, the Navy has decided … More

    House Armed Services Committee Says No to Missile Defense Interceptors

    Today, the House Armed Services Committee was marking up the FY 2010 budget for the Defense Department. The liveliest debate was over Congressman Turner’s (R-OH) amendment to re-insert $120 million to fund the remaining 14 ground-based interceptors. For the past several years, the plan was to have 44 interceptors dispersed … More

    E-Verify Lives Another Day

    This is what happens when Congress passes bills that nobody has time to read. As it turns out, on the last page of the recently passed “Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009” was language that clarified the end date for E-Verify. There has been much confusion regarding whether the Department of Homeland … More

    Some Hope Left for E-Verify

    The authorization for E-Verify ends today but the future of the program is still up in the air. E-Verify is an online system that allows employers to check whether or not there new employees are eligible to work in the United States. There are 80,000 employers currently participating in this … More

    Congress Gambled on 100% Scanning and Came Up Short

    The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing today on container security. The bottom line was that 100 percent scanning of containers is not possible or practical much to the surprise of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ). This conclusion was made after the Department of Homeland Security … More

    State of Reform

    Arizona which has been a national leader in state-directed initiatives to combat illegal migration is now trying to address the other half of the problem–getting the economy the workers it needs. There are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 illegal immigrants working on American farms, but only 75,000 legal H-2A workers … More

    Modernizing Our Air Force

    According to recent Gallup polling, a record 47% of Americans believe the U.S. national defense is not strong enough. A quick look at the average age of the planes in our Air Force shows they are definitely on to something. In 1973 the average age of the fleet was 9 … More

    INEW China was a Cyber Threat

    Recent Defense Department reports on Chinese computer network operations in 2007 should be a clear indication that the United States needs to step up its cyber defense policy to address a growing threat to its national security. As reported by Heritage’s John Tkacik back in December, “the Department of Homeland … More

    Kidnappings on the Border

    In 2007, 26 San Diego County residents were kidnapped and held for ransom in Tijuana, Roarito Beach and Ensenada. Some were recovered, some were hurt, and some were killed. Kidnappings are a popular tactic among organized, well finances and violent kidnapping cells. These kidnapping are sophisticated operations similar to terrorist … More

    NATO Rejects Troop Increase

    NATO’s mission in Afghanistan is beginning to see the support of member states wane in the face of casualties, a resurgent Taliban and additional costs associated with war. The L.A. Times notes that with over 40 nations participating in the International Security Assistance Force, many nations are reluctant to commit … More