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    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

    DEFENDING DEFENSE: Don't Just Delay Defense Sequestration—Stop It

    By delaying defense sequestration two months, President Obama and Congress have shown their unambiguous recognition that sequestration’s automatic and indiscriminate cuts to the U.S. military pose clear dangers to national security. However, America’s leaders must now match their recognition of this reality with the resolve required to definitively stop defense … More

    Norman Schwarzkopf, RIP: Another Old Warrior Passes

    General Norman Schwarzkopf, the man who led U.S. troops during the first Gulf War in 1991, died at 78 years old yesterday. Schwarzkopf was residing in Tampa, Florida, the location of his last military assignment: commander of United States Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. He died of complications … More

    The Eleventh Hour: Still Time Left to Stop Massive Defense Cuts

    The threat of sequestration—the half-trillion dollar cut to defense set to occur January 2, 2013—has been debated and prevention plans have been discussed since before it was even written into law. The budgetary measure was written to be so unpalatable that Congress and the Administration would have to find a … More

    Fiscal Cliff Danger: More Defense Budget Cuts to Come

    Rumors are swirling that included in their negotiations to avert the “fiscal cliff,” President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) may add an additional $100 billion in cuts as an alternative to the roughly $500 billion in defense budget cuts over nine years required by sequestration under the Budget … More

    Strategic Shift Could Harm Middle East Policy

    The Pentagon’s strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific has come under increasing scrutiny as conflicts continue in the Middle East, particularly in Israel. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale recently contributed to this debate at the annual El Pomar Conference in Colorado Springs, saying, “The Administration’s strategy fails because it … More

    WMD Attack: Is the U.S. Prepared?

    From ABC’s new TV series Last Resort to the Fallout video-game series, scenarios in which weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) are employed against the U.S. homeland are a mainstay in popular culture. It is a nightmarish scenario, however, and one for which we would expect our military to plan and … More

    Defense Budget: Military "Experts" Seem to Have Short Memories

    A recently released report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, “Strategic Choices: Navigating Austerity,” argues that allowing some hollowing out of our military forces is acceptable. The report is raising eyebrows around Washington, mainly because it is so at odds with what Pentagon leadership is saying. The individuals … More

    Defense Budget: Getting the Assumptions Right

    Earlier this year, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments conducted an exercise that purported to show how a smaller defense budget wouldn’t be so bad after all. However, the assumptions behind this exercise have significant shortcomings. The exercise forced the participants to accept defense funding levels mandated in the … More

    Israel and Hamas Wage Twitter War

    Israel has been live blogging on its attacks as well as major strikes upon it by Hamas during the most recent crisis. Israel and Hamas have been active on social media sites such as Twitter, indicating the importance both sides see in the public relations element of this conflict. While … More