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    U.S. Nuclear Triad Essential for National Security

    General Robert Kehler, the current commander of the Strategic Command, offered only tepid support for the existing U.S. nuclear triad during a July 12 speech on Capitol Hill. General Kehler said that the traditional U.S. nuclear triad—comprised of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), and strategic bomber aircraft—remains … More

    Congress Rightly Seeks Details on Defense-Devastating Sequestration

    With the commander in chief refusing to address the crippling, automatic cuts to national defense scheduled to start on January 2, Congress is appropriately stepping up and demanding answers. That is the aim of the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (H.R. 5872), which is being taken up in the House … More

    Push to Inform the Public on Disastrous Defense Cuts Continues

    House Armed Services Committee member Randy Forbes (R–VA) continues to educate the general public about the potentially dangerous defense cuts mandated by sequestration under the Budget Control Act. Following up on events in Virginia, California, and Florida, Forbes held a Defending Our Defenders meeting in Great Falls, Montana, on July … More

    Sequestration's Shadow on the Defense Industrial Base

    Unless the President and Congress change current law, the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces will soon face an indiscriminate, across-the-board cut of more than $500 billion over the next decade. Known as “sequestration,” this massive reduction in defense spending comes in addition to the $487 billion in … More

    Sequestration Will Damage an Already Weakened Air Force

    The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness is holding a hearing this week titled “Department of the Air Force Aircraft Force Structure Reductions.” The last word of this hearing—reductions—is telling. The subcommittee usually holds hearings in which military officials update the status of their respective branches. However, the U.S. Air … More

    White House National Security Strategy: Distract from Real Concerns

    While the President has reveled in recent U.S. military accomplishments (even at the expense of classified or sensitive information), his Administration has been guardedly quiet about the defense community’s elephant in the room: the automatic cuts mandated by sequestration. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has repeatedly stated that the cuts … More

    Sharpen the Scalpel of Special Operations Forces

    The U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) are the best young men and women the U.S. has fighting to preserve our freedom and interests. Yet as Congress decides what kind of government it will fund into the future, will the U.S. squander this valuable asset or make sure it is capable … More

    Rep. McKeon Warns of Sequestration's Dire Consequences for Military

    Regardless of who wins the November presidential election, current law dictates that massive cuts in defense spending will take affect on Jan. 2, 2013. It’s a policy known as sequestration, and it will take $492 billion out of the defense budget. Speaking at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing this week, House Armed … More

    Morning Bell: America's Antique Air Force

    America’s flying fortress, the Cold War-era B-52 bomber, has been in service for the last 50 years, running missions in Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, Afghanistan and the war in Iraq. It’s a striking example of how America’s military is being forced to do more with less, relying on decades-old technology to … More

    'Defending Our Defenders': Forbes Kicks Off Tour in Chesapeake, Virginia

    Representatives Randy Forbes (R–VA) and Scott Rigell (R–VA) will be hosting a listening session in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Monday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Chesapeake Conference Center. This event, part of a larger House Armed Services Committee effort spearheaded by Forbes entitled “Defending Our Defenders,” is an initiative … More