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    Embassy Closings Reflect Benghazi Failure

    The closing of 21 U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East grows out of the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack in at least two ways: The failure of the Obama Administration to retaliate in any way against those who attacked our consulate and killed a U.S. ambassador has emboldened the enemies … More

    Afghanistan: Withholding Helicopter Training Undermines U.S. Mission

    A lot of American blood has been spilt and a lot of treasure has been spent since 2001 to ensure that Afghanistan won’t once again become a base from which terrorist organizations can strike globally. Worryingly, a key part of the U.S. and NATO strategy there—building the capabilities of the … More

    Zero Troops in Afghanistan: The Taliban Dream Option

    “The zero option is the Taliban dream option. An abrupt drawdown would pave the way for the Taliban to regain influence and cripple the U.S. ability to conduct counter-terrorism missions in the region,” Lisa Curtis of The Heritage Foundation stated in recent remarks at a conference on Afghanistan on Capitol … More

    Jason Everman: Smells Like American Spirit

    Fans of “Grunge” rock know the names of bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden and people like Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell all too well. Chances are, they don’t know a whole lot about Jason Everman, but he has a story worth telling, and The New York Times did just that. … More

    A Hidden Cost: Failure to Reflect the True Cost of Operations Would Damage Readiness

    Among the amendments cleared for action during House consideration the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2014 is an amendment sponsored by Representative Chris Van Hollen (D–MD). It would reducing the funding level for overseas contingency operations (OCO), primarily for ongoing operations in Afghanistan, to the level in … More

    WATCH: Update on Women in Afghanistan

    Today, Representatives Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the co-chairs of the Afghan Women’s Caucus, will address colleagues and friends at an event co-hosted by The Heritage Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace to discuss how important it is that the gains Afghan women have … More

    Morning Bell: President Obama Is Tired of Fighting Terrorism

    “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…” These were words President Obama never used during his speech at the National Defense University yesterday. Rather, … More

    President Wishes Away Terrorism

    Today, President Obama acknowledged the myriad terrorist threats around the world during his remarks at the National Defense University. Yet his description was much rosier than reality: “Today, the core of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on a path to defeat.” That point is debatable by itself, but it … More

    Tomorrow’s Army Shouldn’t Have to Rely on Yesterday’s Technology

    A recent report illustrates how miles of red tape are hindering the nation’s ability to properly fund and equip the military. The Army Science Board’s report on the strategic direction of the U.S. Army’s science and technology (S&T) efforts warned that the Army’s 2012 S&T Master Plan “lacks an S&T … More

    GUEST POST: Defending American Interests Through a Strong Navy and Air Force

    After more than a decade of intensive ground combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military is facing a security environment very different from that which defined the first years of the 21st century. The threats facing the United States abroad are increasingly maritime in nature, whether it’s China’s aggressive … More