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    Chart of the Week: Sequestration Reduces Defense as Budget Priority

    The Obama Administration released its sequestration report more than a week late, but other than a 9.4 percent reduction in discretionary national defense funding, there are few other details, according to The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Slattery. He describes President Obama’s own budget request as one that would “dramatically shrink” the … More

    New Administration Report Gives Few Details on Sequestration's Military Cuts

    The White House is attempting to use the U.S. military as a bargaining chip to force Congress to raise taxes—the looming “sequestration” budget cuts were never supposed to happen, because Congress was supposed to come to a budget agreement. Now the military faces deep, across-the-board cuts. The President has attempted … More

    Morning Bell: Why Obama Is Failing the Middle East Meltdown and How to Fix It

    The breaking news keeps breaking when it comes to revelations surrounding the attacks and protests aimed at U.S. embassies going on throughout the Islamic world. Protests have spread to at least eight countries. Reports indicate that four people have been arrested relating to the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to … More

    Coast Guard's Latest Battle: Underwater Drug Trafficking

    The U.S. Coast Guard is facing a growing threat in the Caribbean: undersea drug trafficking. The New York Times recently recounted an incident where the sea service interdicted an illegal semisubmersible vessel smuggling cocaine from Colombia. U.S. security forces have long combated smugglers bringing drugs and other contraband into the … More

    Morning Bell: Remembering 9/11 in a Volatile World

    Eleven years ago today, terrorists shattered America’s sense of safety. Generations who did not remember Pearl Harbor suddenly knew the shock of an attack on U.S. soil. Brothers, fathers, cousins, wives, and daughters were lost. And more sisters, mothers, husbands and sons would give their lives in the years that … More

    Laying the Keel for National Security Cutter: The Framework for Maritime Security

    Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp recently oversaw the keel laying ceremony of the newest National Security Cutter (NSC), the Hamilton. Fittingly, this vessel is one of the fleet of NSCs to replace the outgoing Hamilton-class cutters, which have been in service since the 1960s. Yet while the outgoing geriatric … More

    Morning Bell: $16,000,000,000,000

    Yesterday, the U.S. national debt passed $16 trillion. On President Barack Obama’s watch, the debt has increased by 50 percent, as campaign promise after campaign promise has drowned in a sea of federal spending. When he was running for President, Obama condemned George W. Bush for adding $4 trillion to … More

    Morning Bell: Defending America Takes More Than "Hope"

    Speaking to veterans at the American Legion conference this week, President Obama said, “Today, every American can be proud that the United States is safer, stronger and more respected in the world.” That’s quite a statement from a President who has granted legitimacy to extremist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood … More

    U.S. Should Augment Missile Defenses in Asia

    The United States is planning to expand its ballistic missile defenses to Asia, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). This is a welcome initiative since the ballistic missile threat to U.S. allies in the region is growing. However, previous Obama Administration cuts to missile defense programs, draconian cuts to … More

    Sequestration: We're About to Shoot the Hostage

    U.S. political leaders are facing a crossroads. They can step up and solve the budget impasse, or they can do nothing and let mandated sequestration cuts take effect. The latter course would have grave consequences for the nation. Lawmakers should keep several things in mind as we hurtle toward the … More