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    The Best Defense...

    Two weeks ago former Sen. George Allen (R-VA) visited The Heritage Foundation’s weekly Blogger Briefing to promote his book What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports, which includes a chapter on national security titled “Defense Wins Championships.” Heritage Foundation senior research fellow for national security James Carafano picks … More

    The Case for Defense Spending

    The country is drowning in red ink. A revolt against rising debt is unleashing a grass roots movement to curb spending. Conservatives all across America are deeply concerned that unless we can get spending under control, we will forever lose our country. This is hardly an environment conducive to making … More

    Decreasing Defense No Solution for Debt Disaster

    Most Americans are growing frustrated with Washington’s out of control spending and inability to strengthen our economy. According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans identify federal government debt and terrorism as equal threats to our country. In a Pew Research Center poll, 38 percent of Americans believe that Obama’s economic … More

    RSC Gets Budget Right, Defense Wrong

    Heritage budget analyst Steve Keen, rightly points out that the Republican Study Committee (RSC) has unveiled a budget proposal that “is a welcome fiscal blueprint that would restore fiscal discipline to the nation and avert a Grecian formula meltdown.” Unfortunately, the RSC budget also gets a critical component of the … More

    That 70s Show

    According to The New York Times, Secretary Gates has told the Pentagon to tighten its belt to pay for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and everything else: “His goal is $7 billion in spending cuts and efficiencies for 2012, growing to $37 billion annually by 2016.” Some may think this … More

    Stop Focusing on Unreal Issues in UK Defense

    DefenseNews, an influential U.S. publication, is running an editorial headlined “Britain’s Defense Choices: What To Cut.” The piece is an object lesson in how not to think about Britain’s defense problems going forward. The piece doesn’t start out badly: it points out that Britain’s armed forces, all told, are smaller … More

    Morning Bell: Slouching Towards Irrelevance

    Earlier this month while in Brussels, Vice President Joe Biden told the European Parliament that while “some American politicians and American journalists refer to Washington, DC as the ‘capital of the free world’ … it seems to me that this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of history and which … More

    The Entitlement Spending Threat to National Security

    David Ignatius’ latest column “How debt imperils national security” could not get the issue of spending and national security more wrong. He starts off fine asserting that there is “consensus among national security experts inside and outside the Obama administration: To play an effective role in the world, the United … More

    Defense Spending is Not the Problem

    Speaking at the Eisenhower Library in Kansas on May 8th, Secretary Gates stated the following: “Given America’s difficult economic circumstances and parlous fiscal condition, military spending on things large and small can and should expect closer, harsher scrutiny.” Left unexamined, Secretary Gates’ statement would lead the average American to conclude … More

    Defense in the Driver’s Seat

    This weekend, the secretary of defense called for additional spending cuts to keep the defense budget flat for the future. But flat budgets aren’t always smart budgets—or even an effective way to cut waste. The defense budget doesn’t need simple cuts. It needs true reform. The Heritage Foundation has long … More