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    No More Band-Aids for Defense Acquisition

    Last week Admiral Mullen highlighted the national security consequences posed by the national debt as he keynoted Concerned Veterans for America’s fifth and final event in their Defend & Reform Breakfast series. This series outlined the ways Americans can contribute to freedom by advancing reform. Reiterating his now famous warning, … More

    Senate Majority Leader: “We’re Through” Making Defense a Priority

    Senator Harry Reid (D–NV) made it quite clear that he no longer views defense as a priority: “We are not going to be gamed by having the military programs funded at a much higher level than Head Start program, or the National Institute of Health. We’re not going to do … More

    Military: Furloughs Won’t Solve Long-Term Concerns

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced that the 800,000 civilian Department of Defense (DOD) employees scheduled for furloughs will take only 11 days without pay. This amounts to half the originally planned furlough of 22 days for civilians in the DOD. While this reduction may keep the DOD operating … More

    Security Experts Warn of Hollow Force During Protect America Month Kickoff

    The United States should leave the hollow force where it belongs—in the past. Defense budget cuts and inadequate strategy are damaging readiness. Heritage’s Baker Spring, along with Colonels Ruchard Dunn and Kerry Kachejian, opened “Protect America Month” at The Heritage Foundation last week, speaking about the potential for the U.S. … More

    Missile Defense: East Coast Is Less Protected

    Last week, 16 House Republicans called for including as much as $250 million for the U.S. East Coast missile defense site. This is a step in the right direction. All the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors that can shoot down long-range ballistic missiles are currently located on the West Coast; … More

    Obama Budget Likely to Veil Continued Defense Sequestration

    Tomorrow, President Obama will finally release his overdue budget request, and the next day, the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on that request. The hearing witnesses will be Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. It appears likely … More

    When Naivete Clashes with the Real World: North Korea Proves Benefits of Missile Defense

    North Korea continues to escalate the situation on the Peninsula, most recently by telling international diplomats it will not be able to guarantee their security after April 10. The ongoing crisis demonstrates the benefits of missile defense for the protection of the U.S. homeland and forward-deployed troops, and the assurance … More

    The No-Surprise Senate Budget: Higher Spending, Higher Taxes, No Real “Balance”

    After going nearly four years without producing a budget resolution, Senate Democrats today released a plan confirming their mantra about “balanced” approaches has nothing to do with actually balancing the budget. In their view, “balance” is a mix of higher taxes and higher spending, chronic deficits and debt, and a … More

    FY 2014 Budget Should Keep Defense Fully Funded

    Heritage’s newly released Issue Brief “What the FY 2014 Budget Should Do” provides a blueprint for turning back Washington’s unsustainable spending and keeping national defense fully funded. Modernizing the U.S. military is critical. After all, “to provide for the common defense” is one of the primary constitutional responsibilities of the … More

    Live Blogs from The State of the Union Address

    During President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress last night, Heritage analysts and scholars offered advice and criticism of policies said and unsaid. From Foreign Policy to Nuclear Energy to price controls on the economy, Heritage covered it all: