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    Why It's Insane To Shrink Our Military As Much As Hagel Wants To

    Finally, a defense secretary who would roll up his sleeves and start getting bloated Pentagon spending under control. His name was Robert McNamara, and he and his “whiz kids” had plenty to fix. Each armed service had a different butcher’s smock because they couldn’t agree on the requirements for an … More

    Space Forum Holds Promise for More Engaged Public Diplomacy

    This week, the United States is hosting the first International Space Exploration Forum, a ministerial-level meeting of space agency directors from various space-faring nations. Hopefully, this represents the first move by the U.S. government to employ more of its resources in support of “public diplomacy.” During much of the Cold … More

    Facing Today's Sputniks

    Fifty-five years ago, America got a huge shock. The Soviets beat us to space with the launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. Instead of curling up in a corner and wondering if it meant the end of America’s era of dominance, the leaders of the United States began … More

    Heritage Remembers Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

    On June 13, 2008, my wife and I were driving home from a Washington party. The University of Edinburgh, my Alma Mater, had recognized the singular achievement of Neil Armstrong, and our Principal, Sir Timothy O’Shea, had conferred an honorary degree on him. Linda and I witnessed the event and … More

    Guest Blog: China's Space Program Threatens U.S. National Security

    On November 2nd, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) completed a critical milestone in its young, yet ambitious, space program. China’s unmanned Shenzhou 8, which launched on October 31, successfully completed an automated rendezvous and docking with their prototype space station module, Tiangong 1. This docking exercise is a critical … More

    Morning Bell: China Threatening U.S. Space Superiority

    Yesterday in New York City, NASA’s last space shuttle astronauts visited a World War II aircraft carrier-turned-museum docked on the west side of Manhattan. The carrier is one of four museums where retired NASA shuttles will go to rest now that the historic shuttle program has ended. But as NASA sends its … More

    Farewell, Atlantis: China Takes Up the Torch of Manned Space Flight

    With the safe return of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, American ability to put astronauts into space come to an end—50 years after Alan Shepard piloted Freedom 7 into the heavens and became the first American to enter outer space. Later this year, China will remind the world that it remains … More

    Lost in Space: The Administration’s Rush for Sino–U.S. Space Cooperation

    The Obama Administration appears absolutely intent on engaging the PRC in space cooperation. How else to explain the claim by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren that the congressional restriction banning U.S.–Chinese space cooperation under just about any circumstances was not, in fact, a ban? … More

    Remembering Challenger: 25 Years Later

    Today, America marks the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger tragedy. On January 28, 1986, America lost seven brave explorers – Dick Scobee, Michael Smith, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe – when NASA suffered its first-ever in-flight loss. The loss of the Challenger … More

    Napolitano Makes Global Warming a Homeland Security Priority

    There she goes again. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano just can’t speak in public without destroying any remaining confidence Americans have left in her agency. CNS News reports that at a conference devoted to “environmental justice”, Secretary Napolitano announced that the Department of Homeland Security would be creating the “Climate Change … More