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    The U.S. Does Not Need “International Permission” to Defend its Interests

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s comments earlier this week were a very revealing insight into the Obama administration’s mindset on the legal regime governing America’s decisions to use force. During the hearing, Secretary Panetta repeatedly stated that the U.S. needed “permission” from international bodies and organizations as a legal basis … More

    Obama Administration Cannot Continue to “Hollow Out the Force”

    In discussing the Department of Defense’s upcoming budget request, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stated “our approach was to use this as an opportunity to maintain the strongest military in the world, to not hollow out the force.” In reality, America’s enemies will quickly determine that the United States will not … More

    Defense Cuts Put Small–Business Jobs in Jeopardy

    Small businesses that are important to the safety and security of the nation are being gravely threatened by deep defense spending cuts. The NAVSYS Corporation is a small business in Colorado that developed the first GPS cell phone to provide the 911 cellular location services that exist today. That first … More

    A Leaner, but Not Meaner, Military

    The echo chamber of Washington is hard at work. The consensus is growing that the U.S. military will need to aim for a slimmer but still perfectly effective military, thanks to the budget and capability cuts of the past three years. However, given the magnitude of ongoing defense budget cuts, … More

    Gutting the Military

    In his straightforward and scathing piece for today’s New York Post, Heritage senior fellow Peter Brookes discussed the devastating impact a sequestration of the defense budget would have on America’s military. If the congressional “super committee” cannot find $1.5 trillion in budget savings over the next 10 years by November … More

    Chairman Buck McKeon: Further Defense Cuts Don’t Make Any Sense

    While America tries to reduce its debt and get its financial house in order, it should not take a penny more out of defense, argues House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon (R–CA) in The Wall Street Journal. “Priority No. 1” for the “supercommittee,” argues Chairman McKeon, “should be: not … More

    Rep. Allen West on What America's Armed Forces Need

    Representative Allen West (R–FL) said in a speech today that funding America’s Armed Forces is the No. 1 responsibility of the federal government. Without the protection they provide, America would cease to exist. West spoke at The Heritage Foundation, delivering the closing address for “Protect America Month.” In keeping with … More