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  • Senator Jim DeMint: Missile Defense Works

    What do welfare reform and missile defense have in common? Both were gutted under the Obama Administration, says Senator Jim DeMint, who will become Heritage’s president in April. Senator DeMint is correct. President Obama has drastically decreased the funding for the missile defense program since he took office and cut … More

    Nuclear Modernization, the State Department Would Have You Think

    The State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance recently published a fact sheet on “U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise Infrastructure Modernization.” The name is true to the notion of language twisting outlined in Orwell’s 1984 novel, because the United States is currently engaged in sustainment rather than real nuclear … More

    Will the Air Force of the Future Be Capable of Flying?

    “Among the most difficult challenges facing the Air Force is the need to modernize,” writes Michael Donley, the Secretary of the Air Force. Despite major engagements in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Libya since the end of the Cold War, the Air Force currently operates the oldest fleet it has ever … More

    Some Good, Some Bad in National Defense Authorization Act

    Last month, The Heritage Foundation compared the Senate and House versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with Heritage’s policy positions on national security and defense. Now that the final version of the NDAA is available, it is possible to analyze which of Heritage’s national security and defense interests … More

    President Obama Should Not Unilaterally Reduce U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

    Recently, the Obama Administration has come under fire for potentially making unilateral cuts to the United States nuclear arsenal. Such unilateral cuts were proposed in the International Security Advisory Board’s (ISAB) November report on “Options for Implementing Additional Nuclear Force Reductions.” Legal arguments aside, there are many problematic assumptions that … More

    North Korean Ballistic Missile Test: Worse to Come?

    “A single nuclear weapon exploded a hundred miles above the United States could create electromagnetic pulse effects, thereby bringing our entire economy to a standstill,” writes Phyllis Schlafly, a lawyer and conservative political analyst, in her most recent op-ed. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP), a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy caused … More

    The Heritage Foundation Bids Farewell to Retiring Senator Jon Kyl

    This month, Congress will lose one of the foremost champions of freedom and a strong national defense: Senator Jon Kyl (R–AZ). Senator Kyl has served three terms in the U.S. Senate after eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. In his farewell speech, Kyl focused on economics, family values, … More

    Pearl Harbor: Lessons for Missile Defense Today

    On this day 71 years ago, the U.S. was attacked by the Empire of Japan. At the time, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it a “date which will live in infamy.” The attack shocked the nation and exposed just how unprepared and vulnerable the United States was. Today, we … More

    Funding for Promising Defense Program in Jeopardy

    On November 29, the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) had its first successful test run, during which it intercepted an air-breathing target (that is, a missile that does not fly outside the Earth’s atmosphere). While the Pentagon decided not to procure the MEADS program, Congress recently eliminated the funding … More

    Event Tomorrow: Iron Dome and Missile Defense Policy

    The Iron Dome rocket and mortar defense system shatters arguments against missile defense, writes Juan Williams, a Fox News political analyst, in his recent op-ed. He is correct: The system not only works and provides protection for civilians, but also allows the Israeli leadership to take more time to decide … More