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    Time to Prepare for a North Korean Collapse

    “I’m not predicting that [a North Korean] collapse is imminently going to occur, what I am trying to argue is that we need to be imminently preparing for such a thing,” said Bruce Bennett of the RAND Corporation at an event at The Heritage Foundation. In his recently released report, … More

    Heritage's Carafano Chosen for South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference

    Heritage’s James Carafano, Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, has been chosen to speak on cybersecurity and cyber warfare at the acclaimed South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas in early 2014. SXSW is the premier tech and social media event in the country, where thousands … More

    Rapid Response Force Relies on Permanent U.S. Base in Europe

    The U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (BCT) recently established an Army Contingency Response Force—a rapidly deployable company-size unit—to respond to crises in Europe and Northern Africa within a day. Military leadership created this unit “in response to a requirement from the Department of the Army to make sure … More

    Internet Freedom in Decline

    The recently published Freedom on the Net 2013 report by Freedom House shows a negative movement worldwide, even in the countries listed as “free.” This has been a persistent trend for the three years Freedom House has conducted the survey. The tug of war between governments and Internet users continues, … More

    China and Taiwan: Possible Storm Signals for Cross-Straits Relations Underscore Need to Provide for Taiwan’s Defense

    After several years of being relatively quiet, it would appear that the Taiwan Straits may be on the verge of becoming an epicenter of crisis once again. Two public statements highlight the potential return of tension to the region. First, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, in a side meeting at the … More

    The True Meaning of Exceptionalism

    Lieutenant Colonels Peter Fromm, Douglas Pryer, and Kevin Cutright manage to make a negative out of a positive. In the latest issue of Military Review, they write that our military is filled with people who believe in American exceptionalism: It usually occurs when Americans apprehend the empirical fact that they … More

    Are America’s Stealth Bombers Ready for Action?

    The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber can avoid most modern adversaries’ defenses, but it is currently facing a different threat: defense budget cuts. Of the 20 B-2s in existence, only 16 are operational at any given time due to maintenance schedules; a recent report claims there may only be nine available. … More

    Kenya Mall Attack Reminiscent of 2008 Mumbai Attacks

    Last month’s terrorist attacks at a shopping mall in Kenya brought back memories of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed nearly 170. The similarities between the attacks serve as a reminder that the U.S. needs to keep up its guard to prevent similar attacks on its soil. In November 2008, … More

    U.S. Detention and Interrogation of al-Libi Lawful

    Al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi was captured last weekend in Tripoli by U.S. forces and taken to the U.S.S. San Antonio for temporary detention and interrogation for intelligence purposes. Once intelligence officials finish their interrogation of al-Libi, he will be brought to the United States to face trial for his … More

    Venezuela Tries to Smuggle Cuban Agents into the U.S.

    Venezuela’s leader, Nicolas Maduro, recently attempted to smuggle a dozen Cuban agents into the United States. Traveling with Maduro to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the agents tried to pass themselves off as Venezuelan nationals. They were caught in France carrying fraudulent passports. … More