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    Sequestration Will Make the U.S. Less Safe, Despite CATO’s Claims to Contrary

    A February 26 article by CATO Institute Analyst Christopher A. Preble wrongly asserts that the imposition of automatic spending cuts, called sequestration, will not make the U.S. less safe. In fact, these reductions, which come on top of reductions to the defense budget that are already being made, will not … More

    Obama Suddenly Cares About the Military When It Serves His Interest

    President Obama visited Newport News Shipyard yesterday—the largest naval shipbuilding facility in the world—to warn of sequestration’s effects on the U.S. Navy. Yet throughout his first term as Commander in Chief, he did nothing to stop the shrinking fleet. While the Administration has recently attempted to sound the alarm on … More

    Memo to Congress: Capitulation on Sequestration Cuts Is a Path to Defeat

    With current funding for government operations scheduled to run out March 27, the House is beginning work on another Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year. As they do this, they must take firm steps toward their commitment to balance the budget in … More

    Senator Cornyn: Urgent Action Needed to Bolster Taiwan Defense

    Last Friday’s event at The Heritage Foundation, “Shoring Up the U.S.–Taiwan Partnership,” featured a statement by Senator John Cornyn (R–TX) advocating “the urgent need to bolster Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities.” Senator Cornyn has been pushing the Obama Administration to sell 66 F-16 C/D fighters to Taiwan to help the U.S. ally … More

    Sequestration: Flournoy Fails to Convince

    Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy makes an unpersuasive case that there is a right way to apply the ongoing cuts to the defense budget. Flournoy argues that in restructuring the defense enterprise in response to the cuts, failure is not an option. In reality, given the … More

    Morning Bell: Stop Apologizing for America and Start Promoting Liberty

    In some families, a father will proudly pass a car he’s driven for many years along to his son. But Air Force pilot David A. Deptula has gone even further. He earned his wings and flew an F-15 for the first time in 1977. Thirty years later his son, Lt. … More

    Cyber Command Expansion Threatened by Budget Cuts

    The Pentagon has approved a 500 percent personnel increase for Cyber Command—which protects the Pentagon’s information networks and engages in cyberspace operations—according to The Washington Post. In a world where cyber is becoming an increasingly important realm, few would disagree with the U.S. government’s desire for increased cyber capabilities. However, … More

    No, the Obama Doctrine Is Not the Reagan Doctrine

    In the realm of foreign policy, President Obama’s a second Ronald Reagan, or so says James Joyner, the managing editor of the Atlantic Council. This is an example of a curious phenomenon: When a conservative is in office, liberals call him mad, bad, and dangerous. But when he’s safely out … More

    DEFENDING DEFENSE: Don't Just Delay Defense Sequestration—Stop It

    By delaying defense sequestration two months, President Obama and Congress have shown their unambiguous recognition that sequestration’s automatic and indiscriminate cuts to the U.S. military pose clear dangers to national security. However, America’s leaders must now match their recognition of this reality with the resolve required to definitively stop defense … More

    Top 10 Heritage Charts of 2012

    If you’ve read our work, you probably know we love charts. Our signature products — the Index of Economic Freedom and Federal Budget in Pictures — include some amazing informational graphics. We also showcase our charts weekly on The Foundry and in many of our research papers. Today we bring … More