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  • Heritage Honors Dr. William Van Cleave

    Today, The Heritage Foundation commemorates and honors Dr. William Van Cleave, who passed away on Friday. Dr. Van Cleave, former Marine, was an astute champion of U.S. national interests and an experienced negotiator on strategic issues. As a participant in the U.S.–Russia Strategic Arms Limitation Talks negotiations in the 1970s, … More

    North Korea Threat: There Is No Substitute for a Strong U.S. Missile Defense

    Today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the United States will shore up its missile defense system. Yet again, the Obama Administration is proving critics of its missile defense program correct. The U.S. will deploy additional 14 Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors in Alaska, deploy additional radar in Japan, … More

    Congress to Debate Military Base Closures

    The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on whether Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is appropriate at this time, given the difficulties the U.S. faces throughout the world. Last year, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta requested two rounds of BRAC authority in 2013 and 2015. During last year’s … More

    FY 2014 Budget Should Keep Defense Fully Funded

    Heritage’s newly released Issue Brief “What the FY 2014 Budget Should Do” provides a blueprint for turning back Washington’s unsustainable spending and keeping national defense fully funded. Modernizing the U.S. military is critical. After all, “to provide for the common defense” is one of the primary constitutional responsibilities of the … More

    North Korean Threat: Obama Administration Undermines Missile Defense

    Yesterday, White House spokesman Jay Carney asserted that the U.S. is “fully capable of defending itself” against a North Korean ballistic missile attack. Carney didn’t mention that the Obama Administration has tried to undermine the long-range missile defense program since it came into office. First, it decided to decrease the … More

    Continuing Resolution: Military Budget Concerns Remain

    This week, the House of Representatives passed its Continuing Resolution (CR) which provides funding for primarily the Department of Defense until the end of this fiscal year. Congress missed the opportunity to reprogram cuts from sequestration or cut even further. It also failed to address sequestration’s serious impact on military … More

    Reality Crushes Senator Hagel’s Misguided Belief in Nuclear Zero

    Former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) strongly held belief in getting rid of U.S. nuclear weapons is ever more troubling, especially in light of new global developments. Earlier this month, North Koreayet again defied the international community when it conducted its third nuclear test. In response, seven in 10 South Koreans … More

    Happy Birthday, President Reagan! Happy Birthday, Comprehensive Missile Defense Program!

    The person most responsible for reviving the missile defense program in the face of the Cold War policy of mutually assured destruction, President Ronald Reagan, would have celebrated his 102nd birthday today. President Reagan would marvel at all the accomplishments of the missile defense program since the U.S. withdrew from … More

    Hagel Misleading About Nuclear Zero Report

    Former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) responses regarding his stance on the future of the U.S. nuclear deterrent were misleading. Hagel stated during his confirmation hearing yesterday that his position has never been “unilateral disarmament ever, never.” He said that he doesn’t agree with “any recommendation that would unilaterally take any … More

    Nuclear Deterrence: The Uncertain Future of the Creaky Missiles

    Recently, Time magazine covered the aging status of the U.S. Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The article shone a spotlight on the problem of the deteriorating U.S. nuclear deterrent. The United States is the only nuclear power that does not have a nuclear modernization program. The U.S. approach to … More