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    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

    What’s Next for the U.S. Army?

    This month, the Association of the United States Army will convene for its annual meeting and exposition. As it considers the end of the Iraqi conflict and the drawdown in Afghanistan, one question will be on everyone’s mind: Where do we go from here? For the last 11 years, the … More

    White House and Some in Congress Want to End the Cyber Debate

    The White House and certain Members of Congress are frustrated with their inability to get their way with regard to cybersecurity. Recently, Congress tried unsuccessfully to pass a comprehensive cybersecurity bill. Proponents of the bill are furious. In response, the President threatened to simply dictate rules through an executive order. … More

    House Oversight Committee Probes Security Arrangements at Libyan Diplomatic Mission

    The Obama Administration’s continually evolving narrative about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, prompted the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to conduct a hearing today on the adequacy of security arrangements. Representative Darrell Issa (R–CA), chairman of the committee, bridled at the State Department’s … More