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    Budget Wars: Fighting for Defense

    In his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama is expected to announce a freeze on federal spending with some notable exceptions including one for defense spending. Today, The Heritage Foundation releases a chart book examining the state of the U.S. military. Most Americans already know the U.S. military … More

    Stop the Presses: Putting Flashy Defense Spending Sound Bites in Context

    In a report titled, “Long-Term Implications of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Budget,” the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) points out that this year’s Department of Defense (DoD) budget will exceed the real dollar equivalent of the Pentagon’s budget at the time of the defense build-up in the 1980s. Specifically, CBO … More

    Bin Laden: Can You Hear Me Now?

    Days before President Obama plans to present his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Osama Bin Laden sent his own message to the American people. According to CNN “A new audio tape allegedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden claims responsibility for an attempt … More

    I Robot...Not

    It seems every time you pick up a newspaper, the headline proclaims another military program cancelled. First, it was the F-22. Then it was missile defense. The list goes on and on. The reason given seems always the same too…“We don’t need that.” This mantra gets repeated so often, one … More

    The Obsessions of Hugo Chavez on Haiti Defy Logic

    Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is a man consumed by an obsession. That obsession is the United States. The United States wants to assassinate him; steal his oil; invade his country, etc. Hugo Chavez wakes up in the morning obsessing about the Empire, shorthand for the U.S. and beds down at … More

    'At the Heart of Our Common Defense'

    Heritage constitutional scholar Matthew Spalding has quite a few things to say about Americans’ love of liberty in his book,  “We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future.” Some of the passages stand out all the more this week as the nation again saluted its defenders on … More

    The War in Afghanistan: Taking on the Militant Groups in Pakistan

    Pakistan is a crucial state in U.S. efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. Unfortunately, militant groups within Pakistan are currently using the state as an “operational safe haven where [they] can plan local, regional and international terrorist attacks,” hindering the U.S.’s endeavors. Al-Qaeda isn’t doing all the work on its own though. … More

    In the Green Room: Hon. Newt Gingrich

    Newt Gingrich spoke at Heritage this morning, where the depth of his knowledge on the issues of America’s defense priorities and leadership position in the world was on full display. He warned against falling into a national malaise, both in our leadership and our mindset: We cannot operate in the … More

    USA's 56-Year Air Superiority At Risk

    If President Obama is intent on listening to military commanders, as he promised during the campaign, why is he now ignoring the military’s own requirement for additional F-22s? Why would the President want to compromise America’s half-century dominance in the air that has led to one powerful result: There has … More

    This Memorial Day, Don’t Forget the Defense Industrial Base

    As we have discussed before, President Obama’s fiscal year 2010 defense budget suffers from serious conceptual flaws concerning the nature of future warfare and the force structure the American military needs to fight and win. But there is another related issue that must merit the serious consideration of Congress as … More