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    Honey, I Shrunk the Benghazi Talking Points

    The White House release of the e-mail chain regarding the Benghazi talking points on Wednesday has opened up a slew of new questions. Covering only two days—Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15—and focused only on the production of the hapless talking points, they raise the question: What communication took … More

    China Escalating Territorial Disputes with Neighbors

    Amidst all the regional concerns about North Korea, the Senkaku dispute between China and Japan has continued to fester. This past week, the situation has escalated, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry specifically stating that the Senkakus are a “core interest.” General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of … More

    Clinton and Kerry Play Musical Chairs with U.S. Foreign Policy, Benghazi

    Senator John Kerry (D–MA) has announced that he will bow out of chairing the expected Benghazi hearing featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on January 22. Given that President Obama has chosen Kerry to succeed Clinton, and given that Kerry’s own confirmation hearings might take place the following day, his … More

    Hunkering Down for the Confirmation Hearings

    Yesterday, President Obama pretty much told the world what to expect from the White House for national security and foreign policy for the second term: more of what it gave the globe in the first term. The President nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense. He picked … More

    An Incomplete Strategic Review

    Among the slew of strategy documents from the Obama administration this spring, full of academic analysis and verbal flourishes, Congress has rightly detected a certain lack of substance. Case in point: The question of whether the U.S. government needs a Center for Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy. According to the … More

    War Game Reveals Cyber Security Gaps

    A recent war game simulating the National Security Council’s response to a cyber attack highlighted the United States’ serious vulnerability to such an attack in an era where it is increasingly important to prepare for the potential consequences of cyber warfare. The war game, in which several former government officials … More

    Does Obama's Terrorist Body Count...Count?

    The President’s National Security Advisor declared in an interview with ABC that Obama’s counterterrorism policy has already proven far more effective than that of his predecessor. I certainly hope that’s true. I pray its true. But….I have to admit the comment seems to defy logic. Experts know that the “stuff” … More

    Score One for Obama on National Security

    The Associated Press reports: President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he is combining White House staffs dealing with international and homeland security, predicting the change will make Americans safer. Obama also is creating a new office intended to communicate more effectively with other countries about U.S. security policy. Heritage fellows Jena … More