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    "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

    A Brilliant Bullet

    Popular Mechanics devotes their latest cover story to the science of ground-based interceptors. PM writes: America’s missile shield is designed to destroy incoming ballistic warheads with interceptors. President-elect Obama’s leading contenders for the job as Secretary of Defense have this week sent signals that the next administration would continue the … More

    The $100,000 Guantanamo Question

    This Sunday Barack Obama repeated his promise to close Guantanamo. Since the media is still coddling their favorite son, CBS’s Steve Kroft did not bother to ask how. As Heritage Senior Legal Fellow Charles Stimson tells the Christian Science Monitor, it is the how that is the hard part: “It … More

    No Big 'Change' Coming on Guantanamo Detainees

    According to The Washington Post, the Obama administration is planning to “launch a review of the classified files of the approximately 250 detainees at Guantanamo Bay immediately after taking office, as part of an intensive effort to close the U.S. prison in Cuba.” Obama hopes to close GITMO quickly but, … More

    Congress Must Save Vital 'Responsive Space' Program

    A recent article I wrote for Armed Forces Journal discusses the Pentagon’s efforts to maintain space dominance amid the challenges of emerging peer competitors. The Pentagon’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office stands at the forefront of an effort to revolutionize the way the U.S. builds and deploys satellites. However, only … More

    Let’s Call It Shwantanamo

    On January 20, 2009, a new President will enter office. Both John McCain and Barack Obama have said that they would shut down the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, where the United States now holds about 255 prisoners captured abroad in the war on terrorism. So what’s like to happen … More

    Bigger Government, Higher Taxes and Weak National Defense: New Liberal Agenda Is Actually Old

    With the election still a week away, Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is already setting the stage for drastic cuts in defense spending, higher taxes, and bigger government. In a meeting with the editorial board of The Standard-Times, a local Massachusetts newspaper, Rep. Frank … More