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  • Remembering the Path to 9/11

    The Path to 9/11 is a docudrama sprawling across eight-and-a-half years, four continents, and multiple terrorist attacks. The film generated great controversy when it originally aired in 2006. It achieved phenomenal rating numbers, drawing 28 million viewers. Written and produced by Cyrus Nowrasteh, (who also wrote the screenplay for Stoning … More

    Twisting in the Wind: Tornado 101

    As Hurricane Irene heads toward the East Coast of the United States, we also have to worry about tornadoes. Tornadoes often form as a result of hurricanes. Tornado conditions can be predicted, but actual storms cannot. The National Weather Service issues tornado watches (a tornado is possible) and warnings (a … More

    It Could Get Worse: Floods 101

    We’ve discussed earthquakes and Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, but it doesn’t stop there. One disaster that frequently accompanies the storm surge created by hurricanes and the accompanying heavy rains is floods. A flood occurs when water inundates or overflows land that is normally dry. This definition … More

    All Shook Up: Earthquakes 101

    This morning we wrote about hurricanes, and then Washington, D.C., had an earthquake. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. FEMA also provides an index with contact information on state agencies. As residents of the East Coast found out … More

    Learning from Libya

    The debate over whether the U.S. should have intervened in Libya and how things will ultimately turn out in the troubled country will linger for some time. The issue of who will control the country is far from resolved. For the U.S. military, however, there are lessons that are already … More

    Hurricane 101

    Forget the economic news, the fighting in Libya, and the American Idol summer tour and pay attention to the weather report. Hurricane Irene is wending its way across the Caribbean and heading for the East Coast of the United States, where it may make landfall along the Carolinas. When the … More

    Obama Runs Down Wrong Road on Immigration

    Everything about the recent decision by the White House to just stop deporting illegal immigrants reinforces the conclusion that the Administration has adopted exactly the wrong policy. This will not help solve the problem of America’s deeply flawed immigration policies and broken borders. I received a form email today from … More

    Coast Guard Budget Crucial to Homeland Security

    Most of the doomsday budget-cutting talk has focused on the Pentagon—and rightly so, as cuts being bandied about will unquestioningly turn the United States into a second-class military power. The worst news, however, is that the cuts could have an even more disastrous impact on homeland security, in particular the … More

    Amphibious Forces Needed Around the Globe

    Forget “One if by land; two if by sea.” An Amphibious Ready Group can come at America’s enemies by land or sea—and in numbers much greater than ones and twos. These Navy–Marine task forces are deployed around the world to do everything from humanitarian assistance and refugee evacuation to combat … More

    A Smarter Economic Policy Would Provide the Best Help to Veterans

    The President is expected to speak this morning at Washington’s Naval Yard about the importance of finding jobs for America’s veterans. Veteran unemployment is at an all-time high. The best way to solve the problem, however, is for Washington to change course. The best advantage the nation ever gave a veteran … More