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    Happy Memorial Day 2009

    This Memorial Day, Heritage honors those who serve in the United States Armed Forces, their families, and all military retirees and veterans. From the battlefields of the Civil War–after which the first Memorial Day was observed–to the Forest of Argonne, the beaches of Normandy, the islands of the Pacific, the … More

    A Ray of Hope for the British Armed Forces

    There’s not been a lot of good news for, or about, the British armed forces recently. When the Economist asked, in its Jan. 29, 2009 issue, if the Army was losing its way, the story’s lead summed up their answer: “The British army suffers from lack of soldiers, lack of … More

    Retiring Boomers: Where the Bucks Are

    Maintaining and modernizing our armed forces doesn’t just protect America, it fulfills the Constitution’s mandate to “provide for the common defense.” Yet the defense budget appears to be one place where President Barack Obama and Congress are looking to offset massive new spending elsewhere – “stimulating” or otherwise. “The Pentagon … More

    Prospects of Military Reform in Russia Are Bleak

    MOSCOW — The drastic military reform plans articulated by Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov in mid-October are meeting with a sweeping opposition in the armed forces. The planned cuts among officers more than twofold — from 315,000 to 150,000 — are a matter of grave concern among mid-ranking officers that are … More

    Congress Must Save Vital 'Responsive Space' Program

    A recent article I wrote for Armed Forces Journal discusses the Pentagon’s efforts to maintain space dominance amid the challenges of emerging peer competitors. The Pentagon’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office stands at the forefront of an effort to revolutionize the way the U.S. builds and deploys satellites. However, only … More

    Remedying the Disparity in the U.S.-Korea Alliance

    Congress yesterday approved legislation to upgrade South Korea’s military procurement status to equal that of members of NATO, Australia, Japan and New Zealand (“NATO+3”). The legislation, authored by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), is expected to be signed by President Bush within the next few days. With this action, Congress has … More

    A Huge Patriotic Component

    Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner picked up on some of the conclusions in our recent study “Who Serves in the U.S. Military? The Demographics of Enlisted Troops and Officers” yesterday. Dubner quoted the report: “The facts do not support the belief that many American soldiers volunteer because society offers them few … More

    What Does the Future Hold for Mandatory Public Service?

    Time magazine ran a story back in 2007 on “The Case for National Service.” The story described the positions of the candidates for president on expanding “public service” programs. Two of the Democrat candidates favored mandatory community service by all high school students. And two others — Hillary Clinton and … More

    Rising Oil Prices Affect Militaries

    How far would you go to save money at the gas pump? Would you calculate the precise amount of fuel required for the daily commute? Would you remove the air conditioning system, extra seats and other unnecessary weight from your car that lowers MPG? If your gas bill were $4.7 … More

    Morning Bell: The Emerging Consensus for Victory

    Noting the U.S. military’s return of Anbar Province to Iraqi control, the Christian Science Monitor’s Sam Dagher reports from Fallujah: This is a city literally rising from the ashes. While reminders of two major US assaults here in April and November 2004 are inescapable, signs of rebirth are plenty. Men … More