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    Aircraft Carrier Fleet Could Shrink Even as Demand Increases

    America’s aircraft carrier fleet has been in high demand lately. Ongoing operations in Afghanistan as well as emerging security challenges in Syria and the Asia–Pacific region have led to increasing requests for and deployments of aircraft carriers. Yet this has occurred during a period of decline for the fleet. Increasing … More

    Immigration Plan: Trust Obama?

    House Republicans say they are ready to move forward with an immigration reform plan—and it sounds remarkably like amnesty for illegal immigrants. While avoiding key phrases like “path to citizenship,” the ideas put forth by congressional leaders this week would give legal status to people who are here illegally. It … More

    Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP): The Clock Is Ticking

    Any American who has a cell phone—or who just wants to be able to flip on a light in the morning—should be concerned about our nation’s preparedness in the face of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. In fact, while it may sound like a term from a high school physics … More

    Forbes Leads Bipartisan Efforts to Defend Carrier Fleet

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is reportedly considering reducing the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier fleet—at a time when the Navy is already struggling to meet its current obligations. In response to these reports, Representative J. Randy Forbes (R–VA) released a bipartisan letter to Secretary Hagel on the importance of an 11-carrier … More

    DHS Secretary: Breaking the Law Earns Illegal Immigrants “the Right to Be Citizens”

    Last Friday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson broke into the headlines with his claim that unlawful immigrants had “earned the right to be citizens.” That’s a disturbing comment from one of the nation’s chief law enforcement officers. Amnesty, whether it provides some form of legalization or full … More

    Illegal Border Crossings Increasing as Congress Considers Destructive Amnesty

    In case anyone needed more proof that amnesty only encourages more illegal immigration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its 2013 apprehension numbers that show that southern border apprehensions rose 16 percent last year. While this might seem like the DHS is doing a great job, it actually … More

    What the President Should Say About Foreign and Defense Policy

    Five years on since Barack Obama took office, it is time for the President to admit the obvious: His foreign and defense policies have largely been a failure. Bewildered Administration policies have eroded national sovereignty, weakened the military, emboldened enemies, and disheartened allies. The Administration’s strategy of “leading from behind” … More

    Small Steps Forward for REAL ID

    In 2004, the 9/11 Commission concluded that “for terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons.” The REAL ID Act, based on the commission’s recommendations, was passed in 2005; now—after nearly a decade—it may finally begin to be enforced. The commission found that 18 of the hijackers had a total … More

    No More Band-Aids for Defense Acquisition

    Last week Admiral Mullen highlighted the national security consequences posed by the national debt as he keynoted Concerned Veterans for America’s fifth and final event in their Defend & Reform Breakfast series. This series outlined the ways Americans can contribute to freedom by advancing reform. Reiterating his now famous warning, … More

    5 Things You Might Be Asking about the Sochi Terrorist Threats

    With two weeks to go before the opening of the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, terrorist threats have many questioning the security of the games. The Foundry asked Heritage’s expert on the region, Ariel Cohen, for some perspective on the threats. Where are the terrorist threats to the Olympics coming … More