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    Defense Cuts Leaving the U.S. Navy Toothless?

    Earlier this month, the Obama administration released the annual FY2015 budget request for the Department of Defense. As analysts pore over the several thousand pages detailing spending plans for each program in the U.S. military, a number of head-scratching decisions are coming to light. For example, the Navy has decided … More

    Defense Department Suspends Missile Defense Cooperation with Russia

    Following Russia’s aggressive actions in Crimea, the Department of Defense suspended ballistic missile defense cooperation with Russia. This suspension includes civilian-to-civilian cooperation. This is a step in the right direction. Russia has been trying to use ballistic missile defense cooperation with the U.S. to limit U.S. missile defense capabilities. Moscow … More

    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

    Some Good, Some Bad in FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act

    The FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which specifies the budget for the Department of Defense, does address some of the top 10 issues that Heritage raised in May, but falls short on the others. The NDAA is an important piece of legislation, and one of the few that continues … More

    Reflecting on America's Resolve: 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

    Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Americans reflect on what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “a date which will live in infamy,” let us also remember the resolve Americans and the U.S. military showed in response. The attack killed over 2,400 Americans, destroyed nearly … More

    U.S. Military Faces Huge Cuts in Europe

    General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe and head of U.S. European Command (EUCOM), has acknowledged that his funding will shrink by 20 percent due to cuts to the Department of Defense (DOD). This comes on the heels of the Obama Administration removing two Army Brigade Combat Teams from … More

    Defense Over-Regulations Costing More Than Just Dollars

    Over the past 50 years, Congress has had a propensity to impose restrictions on the Department of Defense acquisition process in ways that centralize authority. House Armed Service Committee vice chairman Mac Thornberry (R–TX) is trying to change all that by spearheading new efforts to reform the byzantine process. But … More

    Budget-Driven Defense Cuts Signify Hagel’s Lack of Strategy

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called for “significant change across every aspect of our defense enterprise.” While sequestration drives Secretary Hagel’s remarks, “significant change” is only code for declining readiness and lost capabilities. “We must make sure that contingency scenarios drive force structure decisions and not the other way around,” … More

    Former NATO Commander Highlights Growing Arctic Concerns

    Retired U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis recently highlighted some of the security threats the U.S. is facing in the Arctic and addressed a few ways to increase capacity there in a recent Foreign Policy article. As former supreme allied commander of NATO and commander of United States European Forces Command, … 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