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    From Spain to Libya: Why U.S. Troops in Europe Remain Vital

    After the treacherous murder in Libya of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens earlier this week, it was announced that a U.S. Marine Corp Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST), consisting of approximately 50 specially trained Marines, would be deployed to Tripoli to enhance security at the U.S. embassy there. From where did … More

    Morning Bell: Remembering 9/11 in a Volatile World

    Eleven years ago today, terrorists shattered America’s sense of safety. Generations who did not remember Pearl Harbor suddenly knew the shock of an attack on U.S. soil. Brothers, fathers, cousins, wives, and daughters were lost. And more sisters, mothers, husbands and sons would give their lives in the years that … More

    Sequestration: We're About to Shoot the Hostage

    U.S. political leaders are facing a crossroads. They can step up and solve the budget impasse, or they can do nothing and let mandated sequestration cuts take effect. The latter course would have grave consequences for the nation. Lawmakers should keep several things in mind as we hurtle toward the … More

    The Price Every State Must Pay: The National Guard and Sequestration

    During a visit to the Niagara Falls Air and Reserve Station, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised the soldiers and airmen of the Reserve and National Guard for their service safeguarding the nation. He warned, however, that the looming defense sequestration threatened to jeopardize the National Guard’s capacity to protect the … More

    Sequestration Hits Close to Home: Defense Support to Civil Authorities in Danger

    The Heritage Foundation hosted its Homeland Security 2012 Conference on Wednesday. Several distinguished speakers warned that defense disaster response support to civil authorities is threatened by sequestration. The conference contributors included the Honorable Paul N. Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs; Vice Admiral Harvey … More

    Huntsville Defense Conference: Concerns over the Budget and Military Readiness

    This year, The Heritage Foundation participates again in the 15th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. After the first official day, it is clear that many of the participants from the defense industry, as well as private citizens, share concerns about impacts of sequestration, which would slash … More

    Public-Private Partnerships Offer Smart Alternative to Sweeping Defense Cuts

    There is little disagreement that looming cuts in the defense budget set to take place in January are ill-advised, though there is intense debate over how to prevent them. However, one way to improve the defense budget without sequestration, downsizing, or raising taxes is to increase partnerships between the military … More

    Sequestration: White House Sounds the Alarm

    Administration officials recently spoke publicly for the first time about specifically how sequestration would undermine military readiness. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients argued that “sequestration would be devastating” to the Defense … More

    Even If Transparent, Sequestration Still a Bad Policy

    Yesterday, President Obama signed the Sequestration Transparency Act into law. It requires the Administration to detail how the mandated defense cuts of sequestration will be implemented. More transparency regarding this issue is good for Congress and for the American people, who deserve to know how the commander in chief seeks … More

    Milton Friedman: Father of the All-Volunteer Military

    Milton Friedman, who would be 100 years old today, is primarily remembered as a Nobel Prize winner in economics. But for all his achievements in his chosen field, it is a very different accomplishment that may be his biggest legacy. Friedman is known by those in the defense field as … More