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  • Will Congress Pull the Plug on C-17’s Life Support?

    Having canceled nearly 50 major programs in last year’s defense budget, the secretary of defense is making another run at finishing off the C-17 and Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine. Congress spared these programs last year, but may be willing to go along with Secretary Gates this time around. Certainly … More

    Nobody Asked Me, But ... Provide Smooth Sailing for the U.S. Navy

    America’s Navy sails alone. It’s impossible to compare the U.S. Fleet to the rest of the world’s navies, because the United States has a singular role and mission. We need a better navy than anyone else. No post-World War II President has backed away from the nation’s expansive leadership role. … More

    Defense in the Driver’s Seat

    This weekend, the secretary of defense called for additional spending cuts to keep the defense budget flat for the future. But flat budgets aren’t always smart budgets—or even an effective way to cut waste. The defense budget doesn’t need simple cuts. It needs true reform. The Heritage Foundation has long … More

    Nuclear Posturing

    In NRO’s symposium today, Clifford May notes that Iran’s leaders will view the Nuclear Posture Review “as one more sign of a weakening America,” and Jamie Fly argues that our self-imposed nuclear limitations will not convince Iran or North Korea to change their behavior. As if on cue, Iranian President … More

    Coast Guard Deserves More Than a Thank You

    On Wednesday, President Obama praised America’s servicemembers for their remarkable response to the crisis in Haiti. He included the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard in an appropriate acknowledgment.  These exceptional men and women deserve all our gratitude and appreciation for their tireless work at home and … More

    S.O.S.: Americans Foresee U.S. Military Decline Ahead

    A recent Gallup poll shows that Americans see the U.S. as the world’s top military power now but doubt whether this will be true in 20 years. Only about a third of Americans believe the U.S. will still be ranked first militarily in 2029. Americans are intuitively smart, and they … More

    Aging Air Force Tankers: Flying in the Face of Danger

    This week, the U.S. Air Force presented its revised request for proposals for the new KC-X tanker aircraft.  Industry now has 60 days to submit bids, and the contract for the new tankers should be awarded sometime this summer. A new tanker is long overdue after a much-delayed and mismanaged … More

    The NYT: Talk Softly and Ditch that Anachronistic, Unproven, Cold War-Era Stick

    The Pentagon’s major strategy known as the Quadrennial Defense Review was released this week. It immediately drew praise from the New York Times’ editorial titled “The Defense Budget” for cutting weapons programs—although not nearly enough—and for acknowledging a decline by choice regarding the role of the United States in the world. … More

    Oldest Air Force in History Asked to Do More than Ever Before

    We’ve all heard the statistics that many of the U.S. Air Force’s young pilots fly the same planes their fathers and grandfathers flew in Vietnam. They were once cutting edge but now are old, worn out, and technologically dated. Now it’s time to for Congress to do something about the … More

    A Shrinking Navy

    The United States is a maritime nation. The military is the nation’s guarantor of freedom of the seas and protector of global sea lines of communication. The military ensures the safe transit of international commerce along trade routes that allows our local grocery store and Wal-Marts shelves to remain stocked … More