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    Watch Gen. David Petraeus Live

    Architect of the successful surge in Iraq and the soon-to-be commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus will be speaking at Heritage at 11 a.m. ET today. Due to the high level of interest, there is no more room available in the Allison Auditorium. But you can watch live … More

    Americans Beginning to Acknowledge Success in Iraq

    Yesterday the Pentagon released a mandated report to Congress titles: “Measuring Security And Stability In Iraq.” According to the report: “Security incidents are now at the lowest levels in over four-and-a-half years, instilling in the Iraqi people a sense of normalcy that permits them to engage in personal, religious, and … More

    What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate

    The 2009 Defense Authorization Bill passed by Congress last week, only authorizes the Air Force the funds needed to keep 317,050 airmen in uniform. This is 11,550 less than the 328,600 airmen Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he needs. Apparently this isn’t even Congress’ fault. Air Force Times reports: The … More

    Absolute Engagement

    At the Presidential debate Friday in Oxford, Mississippi, John McCain emphasized “how tough that terrain is” on the Pakistan Afghan border, and that “we have to get the cooperation of the people in those areas.” An incident last week underscored how right he was on both counts. On Thursday two … More

    A Huge Patriotic Component

    Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner picked up on some of the conclusions in our recent study “Who Serves in the U.S. Military? The Demographics of Enlisted Troops and Officers” yesterday. Dubner quoted the report: “The facts do not support the belief that many American soldiers volunteer because society offers them few … More

    Three Ways Congress Can Improve Homeland Security

    Dr. James Jay Carafano explains three simple ways Congress can improve Homeland Security. This is an issue that effects everyone and every member of Congress should be interested in it. It also effects every level of Government – Local, State, and Federal. Currently, there are 85 Committees overseeing the Department … More

    Let's Keep It Simple

    There are few issues more explosive in Washington than immigration. It is next to impossible to get anything positive done on the issue without being dragged into a much larger and divisive debate. That dynamic is about to kill one of the few immigration policy success stories. E-Verify is a … More

    An Inconvenient Truth: Senator Lieberman’s Amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill

    The Senate today is slated to consider the 2009 Defense Authorization bill, S-3001, a $612.5 billion measure that would authorize spending for national security programs in the Defense and Energy departments. The legislation authorizes the Pentagon to spend $70 billion to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the … More

    Woodruff Wrong on Troop Demographics

    Far too often, the people who choose to serve in our military are characterized as being “poor” Americans who choose to serve because they have no other choice. The conventional wisdom among media elites is that that new military recruits disproportionately come from poor areas of the country, that minority … More

    An Untapped Capacity

    Last night while talking about the importance of service, Barack Obama said: When a hurricane strikes, as it did with Katrina, we have to have a FEMA that works, which by the way, means that we should be encouraging young people, the best and the brightest, to get involved as … More