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    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

    Sequestration “Meat Cleaver” Is Really a Scalpel

    In his speech yesterday, President Barack Obama referred to sequestration as a “meat cleaver” again, when news reports in fact show that the cuts have been much more targeted and much less devastating than he claims. “Then, rather than reduce our deficits with a scalpel, by cutting out programs we … More

    How Presidents Carter and Obama Both Missed the Mark on Defense

    As Congress enters its final review of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. is once again facing the threat of a hollow military. Although the characteristics of President Obama’s drawdown might differ from President Carter’s mishandling of the issue in the late 1970s, the two presidencies share some … More

    Grounded: Budget Concerns Create “No-Fly Zone” for U.S. Military

    As a result of defense budget instability, the Air Force is trying to figure out how to maintain current operations with fewer resources. It’s not possible, says retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, stressing that a failure to modernize aircraft will result in an Air Force that struggles … More

    House Appropriations Plan Delivers Sequestration Cuts and Protects Defense

    In a refreshing break from tradition, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $967 billion discretionary spending plan that would stay within the fiscal year 2014 sequestration spending levels. The measure would protect defense from further cuts and instead deliver the total savings through reductions to domestic discretionary programs. It was … More

    Military: Furloughs Won’t Solve Long-Term Concerns

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced that the 800,000 civilian Department of Defense (DOD) employees scheduled for furloughs will take only 11 days without pay. This amounts to half the originally planned furlough of 22 days for civilians in the DOD. While this reduction may keep the DOD operating … More

    Use South Korean Presidential Visit to Affirm the Bilateral Relationship

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrived in Washington on May 6 to meet with President Obama and affirm the bilateral alliance that has kept peace on the Korean Peninsula for 60 years. At the moment, the U.S.–South Korea military, political, and economic relationships are the strongest they have ever been. … More

    The Story of an Iraq War Veteran, His SUV, and Military Readiness (VIDEO)

    Ten years of war have put major wear and tear on U.S. military equipment — creating a scenario of a “hollow force” that threatens the government’s promise to provide for the common defense. Heritage hosts a panel of experts today at 11 a.m. ET to examine the consequences for U.S. security … More

    Chinese Defense White Paper Challenges American Leadership, Military Readiness

    On the eve of Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony to Congress on securing American interests abroad, the release of the Chinese defense white paper is a reminder of the significant challenges confronting the U.S. in the Asia–Pacific region. Sequestration may have Washington in knots, but there is no comparable … More

    Air Force to Ground 1 in 3 Aircraft Over Budget Concerns

    Just days before President Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request, the Air Force reported that it will have to ground one-third of its aircraft due to budget constraints. Operations and maintenance accounts will be hit particularly hard, causing the Air Force to severely restrict which of its … More