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    The Asia Pivot Comes Up Short—Again

    The U.S. Marine Corps is questioning whether it can implement the Obama Administration’s much-vaunted strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific. “We are on our way…to a less than a 300-hundred ship Navy,” said General John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. “We are on our way to a … More

    Congress Should Support Army Aviation Restructure Initiative

    The U.S. Army and Army National Guard have squared off in a debate of the proper allocation of AH-64 Apache attack helicopters between the two components. The Army has decided to shift these helicopters from the Guard to the active component while transferring UH-60 Blackhawks from active units to their … More

    General Carl E. Mundy Jr., USMC (Ret.): July 16, 1935–April 2, 2014

    The U.S. Marine Corps lost one of its generational leaders this week with the passing of General Carl E. Mundy Jr., the Corps’s 30th commandant. General Mundy served his beloved Corps and country for nearly 42 years in uniform and almost another two decades following his “formal” retirement, first as … More

    3 Things That Don't Make Sense in Putin's World

    Russia’s Vladimir Putin took part of a country. So what kind of world does that mean we’re living in? It’s a world where we can’t act like we did yesterday. Here are three things that simply don’t make sense for America to keep doing. 1. Leaving Europe high and dry … More

    James R. Schlesinger: Devoted Patriot

    The U.S. lost a dedicated public servant yesterday with the passing of James R. Schlesinger, a prominent member of the Washington establishment during a particularly troubled time in our country’s more recent history. Serving as chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, secretary of … More

    Why It's Insane To Shrink Our Military As Much As Hagel Wants To

    Finally, a defense secretary who would roll up his sleeves and start getting bloated Pentagon spending under control. His name was Robert McNamara, and he and his “whiz kids” had plenty to fix. Each armed service had a different butcher’s smock because they couldn’t agree on the requirements for an … More

    Japan: On-the-Ground Perspective of Volatile Disputes

    On a recent visit by 10 young Heritage Foundation researchers to Tokyo, Japan, the issue of torn relations between Japan and China dominated the majority of our meetings with Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials. There was little substantive talk, though, about how relations will actually be … More

    A Strong National Defense Should Be Our First Priority

    It’s easy for conservatives, who are forced to spend much of their time these days opposing bad ideas, to neglect the great responsibility of advancing good ideas. That was the impetus behind the Feb. 10 Conservative Policy Summit convened at the Heritage Foundation by its political arm, Heritage Action for … More

    Army Could Fall to Smallest Since Before World War II

    The Army could shrink to its lowest active-duty end strength size since before World War II, according to recent statements by military officials. Over the past two weeks Army leadership has hinted at a new strategic direction of fewer troops and lighter, more mobile weapons. However, this “strategy” is merely … More

    Aircraft Carrier Fleet Could Shrink Even as Demand Increases

    America’s aircraft carrier fleet has been in high demand lately. Ongoing operations in Afghanistan as well as emerging security challenges in Syria and the Asia–Pacific region have led to increasing requests for and deployments of aircraft carriers. Yet this has occurred during a period of decline for the fleet. Increasing … More