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    Rolling in the Deep: Our Talented Armed Forces

    We’re proud to share with you video of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson and the band Sidewinder performing a cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” They’re currently deployed in the Middle East. The band includes Staff Sgt. Ransom Miller, son of Ambassador Terry Miller of The Heritage Foundation. Their video has … More

    'Fight Fight, Talk Talk': China's Model for Military-to-Military Relations

    On the same day, we have two arguments presented about whether to increase military-to-military engagement of the Chinese military, also known as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). On the one hand, we have Admiral Mike Mullen, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arguing that the very act … More

    Standing at the Precipice: U.S. Military Readiness Set to Go Off a Cliff

    Hoping to reverse the trend of “enormous [defense] cuts” ahead, House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee chairman J. Randy Forbes (R–VA) held a hearing on the state of the military. Testifying before Congress were the vice chiefs of the four services: Army General Peter Chiarelli, Navy Admiral Jonathon Greenert, Marine Corps … More

    Reid's Sleight-of-Hand Debt Ceiling Plan Guts Military

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling this week. In evaluating his plans for future government spending, it becomes clear that budgeting for prudent defense is considered just another line item. While Americans intuitively know that national security is unlike any other category of … More

    Washington in a Flash: Will Congress Cut, Cap and Balance?

    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) visits Heritage today for The Bloggers Briefing. He will be discussing his new book, “The Great American Awakening: Two Years That Changed America, Washington, and Me,” which highlights the birth of the Tea Party. He will be joined by American Legislative Exchange Council Senior Director for … More

    Americans Don't Fear Defense Cuts? They're Wrong.

    New polling data from Rasmussen Reports shows that 48 percent of Americans think that the United States can make major cuts in defense spending without putting America at risk. Unfortunately, they’re wrong. Case in point: base closures. Some in Congress are looking to the U.S. military’s overseas bases as places … More

    What Obama Doesn't Know about Defense Spending

    In yesterday’s “Twitter Town Hall,” President Barack Obama demonstrated yet again his failure to understand the size of the defense budget—as well as his desire to slash it in order to fund domestic spending. Here’s how the President described it: [T]he nice thing about the defense budget is it’s so … More

    VIDEO: Gary Sinise Says 9/11 Inspired Him to Support America's Military

    Gary Sinise is best known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the 1994 blockbuster movie “Forrest Gump.” It earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor and a starring role on “CSI: NY.” Now the actor is using his fame to celebrate America’s heroes on the battlefield. … More

    Anti-war Mayors and Obama's Illusory "Peace Dividend"

    In his speech last week on the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama uttered some magic words that sent a few of America’s anti-war mayors into a big-spending tizzy. The Heritage Foundation’s President Ed Feulner explains in today’s Washington Times: “For most of us, it’s the season of sun, sand and backyard … 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