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    No Time for Defense Cuts

    Today, President Barack Obama will visit the Pentagon where Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will introduce Obama to all the key players in formulating strategies for Iraq and Afghanistan. Yesterday, Secretary Gates testified before the House Armed Services committees on budgetary pressures facing the Pentagon. Commenting on Gates’ testimony at … More

    Which of These Terrorists Will Obama Release Near You?

    According to the Pentagon only about 60 of the 250 detainees at Guantanamo could be released relatively safely, and that only 80 of the rest could face trial by “military commissions.” The New York Times reported this week that President-elect Barack Obama appears “to have rejected a proposal to seek … More

    Released Guantanamo Detainees Still Returning to Terrorism

    A number of news outlets reported yesterday that 61 former Guantanamo Bay detainees, or about 11 percent of those who have been released, returned to the battlefield to fight the United States. While this is distressing, it is not news. The Heritage Foundation has long recognized that any system designed … More

    Afghanistan-Pakistan: The Defining Wars

    The outcome of the fighting in Afghanistan and whether the coalition forces can prevent the Taliban from re-gaining influence there will largely determine how safe and secure civilized nations will remain from future terrorist attacks. Taliban terrorists and their al-Qaeda allies have stepped up attacks mostly in southern Afghanistan to … More

    Come On In, the Screening Is Fine

    Today is the first day of implementation for the Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program. ESTA allows travelers visiting the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to enter the U.S. without a visa and stay for up to 90 days. VWP countries include … More

    '33 Minutes' Under Attack

    Yesterday at The Huffington Post, retired Lt. Gen. Robert Gard Jr. attacked The Heritage Foundation’s (unreleased) documentary “33 Minutes,” due out in February 2009. After viewing the seven minute trailer, Gard fired off a series of criticisms, each addressed below. Surely, it would have been prudent to wait until viewing … More

    "No Time to Go All Wobbly"

    In the largest, most complex test ever attempted, U.S. military shot down a simulated long-range ballistic missile this past Friday. The target missile was launched from Kodiak Island, Alaska, at 3:04 p.m. Eastern time, tracked simultaneously by several ground and ship-based radars, and intercepted by a “kill vehicle” 3,000 kilometers … More

    A Setback in the Fight Against Terror

    A European Union court yesterday annulled a new move by the E.U. to freeze the assets of an exiled Iranian opposition group in the latest in a string of legal setbacks to its blacklist of suspected terrorist groups. This is a setback for European efforts to fight terrorism. The group … More

    Don't Target Defense Budget to Fund Domestic Priorities

    Providing for the common defense is the primary responsibility of government as prescribed in the U.S. Constitution. Robust national defense is the first principle of government, without which all others fall away. Even though defense spending is at an historical low today (less than 4% of gross domestic product), many … More

    Supersizing FEMA is A Step Backward

    A recent New York Times editorial calls for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be taken out of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and elevated back up to cabinet level status. This is the way it was in the Clinton years, and the editorial slams the Bush Administration’s … More