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  • Sequestration's Shadow on the Defense Industrial Base

    Unless the President and Congress change current law, the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces will soon face an indiscriminate, across-the-board cut of more than $500 billion over the next decade. Known as “sequestration,” this massive reduction in defense spending comes in addition to the $487 billion in … More

    Sharpen the Scalpel of Special Operations Forces

    The U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) are the best young men and women the U.S. has fighting to preserve our freedom and interests. Yet as Congress decides what kind of government it will fund into the future, will the U.S. squander this valuable asset or make sure it is capable … More

    Terrorism Still Stalks Us at Home and Abroad

    An independent review of the FBI and Pentagon’s handling of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre is expected to make its way to the desk of FBI director Robert Mueller sometime next week. Commissioned in late 2009 and authored by former FBI and CIA director Judge William Webster, the report is … More

    Ten Years of Homeland Security Oversight: Time for Reform

    Ten years ago today, the House created a 13-member Select Committee on Homeland Security. The decision seemingly made a good deal of sense. With the memory of 9/11 still fresh, President George W. Bush had begun to call for a Cabinet-level department to carry out the nation’s homeland security mission. … More

    On Its 237th Birthday, U.S. Army Contemplates Its Future

    The U.S. Army is the nation’s oldest military service. It was founded in 1775 by the Continental Congress with an allocation of $2 million. The tradition remains sound, but the costs have certainly gone up. Around the world, in environments both calm and hostile, the soldiers, sergeants, and officers of … More

    "Tradition" Torpedoes Innovation in Special Operations' Anti-Terrorism Efforts

    It appears that the forces of tradition and status quo have sufficient power to defeat a man who is not normally bested. Admiral William McRaven, the decorated Navy SEAL officer who heads Special Operations Command (SOCOM), attempted to use the political capital he had garnered based on Special Forces’ recent … More

    Stuxnet Revelation Continues Obama Administration Trend of Classified Leaks

    The New York Times revealed today in a major news article that the well-known Stuxnet malware attack on the Iranian nuclear program was, in fact, an American operation. Most experts had felt that was the most logical conclusion, but it had never been confirmed. The Times report is based on … More

    DARPA Cranks Up Cyber Effort with “Plan X”

    It seems that the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has decided that drastic measures are needed to address the Defense Department’s cyber needs, both offensive and defensive. The decision is clearly the right one; it is simply amazing that in the face of ever-growing cyberattacks, it has taken them … More

    A Homeland Security View of Readiness

    In the past, readiness simply meant the status of U.S. military might. Today, however, national security readiness requires a much broader definition that includes not only conventional defense but also homeland security. If the U.S. persists in restricting the discussion only to the state of military readiness, it will present … More

    National Guard Facing Cuts That Would Hurt Domestic Readiness

    The American people in many cases do not recognize the incredible value of one of the crown jewels of the nation: the National Guard. Most people have only a vague idea of what it is and what it means to America. And yet as important as its role is, the … More