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    Obama’s "Reset" with Russia: A Long Retreat

    The disgraceful firing of Radio Liberty’s loyal Moscow staff on September 20 and 21 is the latest chapter in the Obama’s Administration’s Russia policy retreat, also known as the “reset.” Forty-one dedicated and professional reporters with deep knowledge ofRussia—and in particular its human rights record—have been given their marching papers … More

    Russia Draws a Veil over Its Weapons Program

    On Wednesday, the Russian government said it will not seek to extend the Nunn–Lugar program after the program expires next year. The Nunn–Lugar program has been a useful tool for increasing transparency and reducing the likelihood of diversion of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in the countries of the former … More

    Israeli Iron Dome Missile Defense Program: A Model to Be Followed

    This week, The Heritage Foundation hosted “Iron Dome: An Examination of the Important Strategic Partnership on Missile Defense Between Israel and the United States.” The event focused on the future of the successful U.S.–Israeli missile defense cooperation—especially in the context of the Iron Dome missile defense system—following President Obama’s signature … More

    Cyber Legislation's Groundhog Day

    Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has announced that the Senate will again consider cybersecurity legislation when it returns from its election recess. The move comes in response to another in a series of apocalyptic pronouncements about our cyber vulnerabilities—this one from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who is warning … More

    Note to Senator Reid: Cybersecurity Differences Are About Policy, Not Politics

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) recently promised to bring cybersecurity legislation back to the Senate floor during the lame-duck session of Congress. He also praised President Obama’s draft of a cybersecurity executive order while blaming “Republicans engaging in Tea Party-motivated obstruction” for the Senate’s failure to pass the Cybersecurity … More

    50 Years Later: Lessons on Escalation from the Cuban Missile Crisis

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a major event in the Cold War. With the U.S. and the Soviet Union on the brink of what many feared was nuclear conflict, both President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev fumbled for a way to end … More

    VP Debate: Not Enough Attention to Defense Cuts

    Foreign policy played a key role in the vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI), and while there is a large cache of foreign policy issues that are up for serious discussion in this election, one of the most important is the imminent threat … More

    50 Years Later: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Presidential Leadership

    It was October 22, 1962. Two weeks before, a little-known British band called the Beatles had released its first single. A week before, the Yankees had beaten the Giants 4-3 in the World Series. It was a normal Monday night in the average American living room. Until 7:00, that is, … More

    Morning Bell: Nuclear War Averted, 50 Years Ago This Week

    Fifty years ago, the world came to the brink of nuclear war. On October 14, 1962, U.S. policymakers learned that the Soviet Union was building missile bases in Cuba, which would have allowed Moscow to attack anywhere in the continental United States within minutes. An international crisis followed, and while … More

    Obama Cuts Defense Programs, Claims They “Weren’t Working Very Well”

    During last week’s debate, President Obama made an intriguing statement while explaining his deficit hawk credentials. In referencing the programs he cut, he mentioned “aircrafts that the Air Force had ordered but weren’t working very well.” This is a rather vague reference, leaving up for speculation just what aircraft he … More