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    Defense Budget Priorities: Opting for American Decline

    Last week North Korea successfully launched an Unha-3 rocket, thereby demonstrating an alarming capability to target U.S. territory with ballistic missiles. China is rapidly expanding its fleets and arsenals in an unprecedented military build-up, while intimidating other countries in East Asia—including U.S. allies. The Middle East is a conflagration of … More

    Fiscal Cliff Danger: More Defense Budget Cuts to Come

    Rumors are swirling that included in their negotiations to avert the “fiscal cliff,” President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) may add an additional $100 billion in cuts as an alternative to the roughly $500 billion in defense budget cuts over nine years required by sequestration under the Budget … More

    How Sequestration Budget Cuts Could Affect U.K. Defense

    If sequestration becomes a reality in January 2013, the Department of Defense (DOD) will cut another $500 billion from an already slashed defense budget. These cuts are likely to negatively affect many American allies—especially the United Kingdom. Here are two programs that London should watch carefully: 1. The Short Take … More

    Strategic Shift Could Harm Middle East Policy

    The Pentagon’s strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific has come under increasing scrutiny as conflicts continue in the Middle East, particularly in Israel. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale recently contributed to this debate at the annual El Pomar Conference in Colorado Springs, saying, “The Administration’s strategy fails because it … More

    Defense Budget: Military "Experts" Seem to Have Short Memories

    A recently released report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, “Strategic Choices: Navigating Austerity,” argues that allowing some hollowing out of our military forces is acceptable. The report is raising eyebrows around Washington, mainly because it is so at odds with what Pentagon leadership is saying. The individuals … More

    Defense Budget: Getting the Assumptions Right

    Earlier this year, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments conducted an exercise that purported to show how a smaller defense budget wouldn’t be so bad after all. However, the assumptions behind this exercise have significant shortcomings. The exercise forced the participants to accept defense funding levels mandated in the … More

    Israel's Investments in Cyber Defense Pay Off

    Following the start of Israeli air strikes against Hamas, hacker groups, including Anonymous, have declared open season on Israeli cyber defenses. However, Israel has invested heavily in cybersecurity and cyber operations, allowing it to defeat more than 44 million hacking attempts on government websites, losing only one website for about … More

    Post-Election, Refocusing on National Security

    According to research by Politico, interest in the impending automatic defense cuts took a dive leading up to the election. But as the post-election polling and punditry subside, American citizens are returning their focus to pressing matters such as the so-called fiscal cliff and sequestration. Yet on Capitol Hill—where these … More

    American Enterprise Institute Teaches Defense Spending 101

    The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has released a list of essential facts about the defense budget entitled “Defense Spending 101.” The list reminds readers of the truth about U.S. defense spending and should serve as the starting point for any debate in Congress over the future of the defense budget. … More

    For U.S. Navy Fleet, "Quantity Has a Quality of Its Own"

    Size does matter—when it comes to the U.S. Navy. Representative J. Randy Forbes (R–VA), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R–NH), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, are the latest officials to raise concern over the U.S. Navy’s shrinking … More