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    Biometric Entry-Exit Technology—Still Not the Answer

    According to recent reports, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is exploring ways to implement biometric technology such as facial and iris recognition at land border points of entry and exit. Despite the novelty of biometrics, it is important to remember that they are not a universal solution for an … More

    Al-Qaeda Still a Threat: No Surprise to Heritage

    Two U.S. intelligence leaders warned this week that continued inaction against al-Qaeda and its affiliates will be problematic. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn largely corroborated the forecast set in June 2011 by The Heritage Foundation’s Counterterrorism Task Force. “The strength of the … More

    Iran Warships at U.S. Maritime Border: Threat or Theater?

    Iran’s recent announcement that it is sending a “military fleet” to the United States’ maritime borders was accompanied by a threat from Iran’s senior naval commander that Iran would “sink America’s Fifth Fleet” if provoked. This “fleet,” consisting of two ships, was to depart for the U.S. coastline on February … More

    Record Drug Bust Sheds Light on Security Concerns for Coast Guard

    The U.S. Coast Guard and British Royal Fleet Auxiliary recently seized $37 million worth of cocaine off the coast of the Dominican Republic that was headed to the United States. The success of this interdiction is due in large part to the cooperative efforts of the nations and agencies involved, … More

    What the President Should Say About Foreign and Defense Policy

    Five years on since Barack Obama took office, it is time for the President to admit the obvious: His foreign and defense policies have largely been a failure. Bewildered Administration policies have eroded national sovereignty, weakened the military, emboldened enemies, and disheartened allies. The Administration’s strategy of “leading from behind” … More

    No More Band-Aids for Defense Acquisition

    Last week Admiral Mullen highlighted the national security consequences posed by the national debt as he keynoted Concerned Veterans for America’s fifth and final event in their Defend & Reform Breakfast series. This series outlined the ways Americans can contribute to freedom by advancing reform. Reiterating his now famous warning, … More

    Framing the Debate of AUMF Reform

    According to a senior Obama Administration official, the President will turn his attention to possible reform of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) later this year.  According to an article in last weeks’ Wall Street Journal, the President has said that his goal is “to revise and … More

    Time to Arrest Downward Spiral with India

    US Secretary of State John Kerry’s expression of regret over the US arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade is not enough to get relations back on an even keel. For the sake of the partnership, which Secretary Kerry himself has referred to as one of the most important for the … More

    Russian “Spy Stations”: A Clear and Present Danger?

    CIA and Pentagon officials have expressed concern that Russia’s efforts to place satellite positioning monitors throughout America pose a direct threat to U.S. national security, according to a recent report. Russia’s satellite system, known as the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), is currently the only major alternative to the U.S.’s … More

    President, Senate Should Get Serious About Providing for the Common Defense

    Congress might not pass a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the first time in 51 years. Though it passed the House, it has been sitting in the Senate for months and, as Congress is about to adjourn for 2013 before Christmas, time is running out for the Senate to … More