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    China and Taiwan: Possible Storm Signals for Cross-Straits Relations Underscore Need to Provide for Taiwan’s Defense

    After several years of being relatively quiet, it would appear that the Taiwan Straits may be on the verge of becoming an epicenter of crisis once again. Two public statements highlight the potential return of tension to the region. First, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, in a side meeting at the … More

    Military Facing a “Readiness Crisis”

    The U.S. military is about to face its “greatest readiness crisis” since the Vietnam War due to defense cuts, according to a recent opinion piece written by several House Armed Services Committee members. Representatives J. Randy Forbes (R–VA), Rob Wittman (R–VA), and Scott Rigell (R–VA) penned the article after a … More

    "Great Green Fleet" Not So Great After All

    When it comes to funding the military, costly biofuel experiments should not interfere with U.S. security interests. However, that’s exactly what’s happening right now as the Navy pursues a “Great Green Fleet,” which some Members of Congress argue “makes no sense.” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus warns that America’s dependency on … More

    Give the Marines a Kabar, Not a FUBAR

    FUBAR is military jargon for “fouled up beyond all recognition.” Kabar is the knife Marines carry. As things stand with sequestration, servicemen and women who protect our nation’s security stand to receive far more of the former and fewer of the latter. The Syrian imbroglio has, for the moment, obscured … More

    After Syrian Confusion, the Obama Doctrine Lies in Ruins

    Even as he took office, President Obama set out a vision of a doctrine that would “transform” the United States. In foreign policy, the “Obama Doctrine,” as Heritage’s Luke Coffey has summarized, is a policy of leading from behind in global affairs, presiding over dangerous defense cuts that leave America … More

    In the Midst of the Syria Crisis, the Military Is Not "Ready for Anything"

    The headline above a September 13 article in Politico blares that the Department of Defense is stating that the U.S. military is “ready for anything.” This statement comes in the context of the conflict in Syria while sequestration is almost complete for fiscal year 2013, and the leadership of the … More

    How to Cut $42 Billion in Spending in the FY 2014 Continuing Resolution

    Congress is in the midst of debating spending levels in a fiscal year (FY) 2014 continuing resolution. It’s no surprise that the two chambers disagree over how much to spend and funding for the President’s damaging health care law. The Senate proposes to spend $1.058 trillion, dismissing the spending caps … More

    The Other September 11 Anniversary: Remembering Benghazi

    While official commemorations of September 11, 2001, are going on and Americans continue to grieve and honor the lives lost 12 years ago, those who lost their lives in Benghazi, Libya, one year ago today must not be forgotten. This day also marks the anniversary of the death of U.S. … More

    Southeast Asia and the Limits of American Soft Power

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s swing through Southeast Asia last week was notable not for the headlines and handshake photos he generated but the ones generated by the Chinese. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was hosting the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers in Beijing during the Secretary’s … More

    While Debt Crisis Looms, Washington Still Focused on Undoing Sequestration

    Lawmakers are on track to bargain away the one spending cut they got. The Washington Post reports that President Obama and a group of Republican Senators stalled on a budget deal on Thursday that revolved in part around the question of how to best renege on sequestration. Republicans want to … More