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    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

    Happy 237th Birthday, U.S. Navy!

    Today, we commemorate and give thanks for the sacrifice and service of the men and women in uniform of the U.S. Navy. On October 13, 1775, Congress authorized the procurement of two armed vessels to search for British ships supplying munitions to the British army in America. Today, the Navy … More

    Unraveling the Libya Debacle: Biden's Disregard for the Facts

    Vice President Biden’s assertions during the debate last night showed either a lack of information or a willful disregard for the facts. Biden stated in relation to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi—which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens—that “We weren’t told they wanted more … More

    USS Cole Bombing, 12 Years Later

    On the morning of October 12, 2000, the USS Cole, under the command of Commander Kirk Lippold, docked in Aden harbor for a routine fuel stop in Yemen. At around 11:18 a.m. local time, a small craft approached the port side of the 8,400-ton destroyer . A blast — believed … More

    Biden Is Wrong on Defense Spending

    Philip Ewing, in an article on Politico Pro about the vice presidential debate, asserts that comments about defense spending by Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) signal that Governor Mitt Romney could abandon his pledge to maintain the defense budget at 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Ewing is jumping to … More

    Middle East Policy a Focal Point of Vice Presidential Debate

    The Middle East played a prominent part in the debate between Vice President Biden and Representative Paul Ryan, with sharp exchanges over issues related to Libya, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Ryan energetically lambasted the Obama Administration’s policies as naive and ineffective, while Biden maintained that Ryan proposed few clear alternatives. … More

    South Korea Missile Range Extension: A Good Step Toward Security

    On Sunday, South Korean and U.S. representatives announced that they have come to an agreement that allows South Korea to extend the range of its ballistic missiles. This is a major positive step in the bilateral relationship and one that The Heritage Foundation’s expert Bruce Klingner called for on numerous … More