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    U.S. Soldiers to the Baltics: A Good First Step

    The recent announcement that 600 U.S. soldiers from the Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade will be sent to the three Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as Poland, for training exercises is a step in the right direction. While these deployments are symbolically important, the U.S. needs to … More

    Air Force Celebrates 66th Birthday

    Today we celebrate the 66th birthday of the United States Air Force (USAF). The USAF has much to boast. It developed aerial combat and produced the nation’s first flying Ace. In World War I, it conquered the skies of Western Europe. In June 1942, it accomplished the inconceivable by flying … More

    Senator Cornyn: Urgent Action Needed to Bolster Taiwan Defense

    Last Friday’s event at The Heritage Foundation, “Shoring Up the U.S.–Taiwan Partnership,” featured a statement by Senator John Cornyn (R–TX) advocating “the urgent need to bolster Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities.” Senator Cornyn has been pushing the Obama Administration to sell 66 F-16 C/D fighters to Taiwan to help the U.S. ally … More

    Will the Air Force of the Future Be Capable of Flying?

    “Among the most difficult challenges facing the Air Force is the need to modernize,” writes Michael Donley, the Secretary of the Air Force. Despite major engagements in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Libya since the end of the Cold War, the Air Force currently operates the oldest fleet it has ever … More

    Some Good, Some Bad in National Defense Authorization Act

    Last month, The Heritage Foundation compared the Senate and House versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with Heritage’s policy positions on national security and defense. Now that the final version of the NDAA is available, it is possible to analyze which of Heritage’s national security and defense interests … More

    Senator Lieberman Grades President Obama on His Foreign Policy

    Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) visited Heritage this week to give the annual B.C. Lee lecture, focusing on the importance of American leadership in the Asia-Pacific region. After his speech, he sat down with us for a wide-ranging interview. When asked about President Obama’s handling of foreign policy, Lieberman described his … More

    Administration Position on Taiwan F-16s Alienates All Sides

    At the end of a series of closed-door briefings and meetings with the congressional committees of jurisdiction—after repeatedly admonishing all who would listen that its final decision wasn’t really final—the Obama Administration has finally stated its position on F-16 sales to Taiwan. It turns out that the Administration is, in … More

    On Eve of VP’s Visit: "No" to New F–16s for Taiwan

    Reports are now emerging that the Administration has decided to reject the sale of F–16 C/Ds to Taiwan, in advance of the Vice President’s trip to China. Instead, as a sop, the Administration has decided to go forward with upgrades of the F–16 A/Bs currently in Taiwan’s air force. What … More

    Defrost U.S.-Taiwan Relations

    Leadership means people are depending on you. Taiwan has only one friend in the world it can truly depend on to safeguard its security: the United States of America. It is a mission that was enshrined in American law in 1979. Honestly, the Bush Administration wasn’t great about living up … More

    Pentagon Report Underscores Urgent Need for More Taiwan Arms

    With the public release of a US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report on Taiwan’s air power, there is now a public US government assessment of Taiwan’s ability to fend off Chinese attack. And while the report does not directly state how well Taiwan would do against the PLA, there is little … More