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    When Counting Electrical Grid Threats, Count EMP

    The North American Electric Power Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) latest test of the U.S. electrical grid left out an important component: testing the U.S.’s ability to withstand an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The purpose of the two-day test was to gauge the response and recovery times from physical and cyber-attack scenarios. Although … More

    Budget Cuts Undermine 21st-Century Bomber, Threaten Nuclear Triad

    The Air Force’s new Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) can evade most high-tech air defenses, but it’s having a tough time escaping the military’s budget woes. If it can’t avoid cuts, this key component in the nuclear triad—and national security—will be compromised. At $550 million per aircraft, the LRS-B is much … More

    Defense Over-Regulations Costing More Than Just Dollars

    Over the past 50 years, Congress has had a propensity to impose restrictions on the Department of Defense acquisition process in ways that centralize authority. House Armed Service Committee vice chairman Mac Thornberry (R–TX) is trying to change all that by spearheading new efforts to reform the byzantine process. But … More

    Hearing on Afghanistan Highlights Importance of Residual Force

    Panelists at a recent hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia urged Congress to maintain a strong residual force in Afghanistan post-2014. The U.S. should remain diplomatically, financially, and militarily engaged in Afghanistan, noted Heritage Foundation senior fellow Lisa Curtis: The U.S. must … More

    Overuse of U.S. Special Operations Forces Makes Them Less “Special”

    President Obama’s love for America’s unconventional warriors is taking the “special” out of U.S. special operations forces (SOF), according to a recent article by Richard Russell in Foreign Policy’s national security section. Russell quotes former head of Joint Special Operations Command General Stanley McChrystal that Presidents get the idea that … More

    Mounting Military Readiness Concerns

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a recent speech, “As we look out across the strategic landscape, the United States military will remain an essential tool of American power and foreign policy, but one that must be used wisely, precisely, and judiciously.” However, since President Obama’s election in 2008, his … More

    General McCaffrey: U.S. Not Prepared for National Security Threats

    The most trusted institution in America is the U.S. military. “There is a reason for it,” said retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey. “It is because our boys and girls, our sons and daughters, write Mom and say that ‘I’m part of an institution of courage and integrity and they … More

    The Obama Doctrine: The Not So Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    The state of U.S. foreign policy under President Obama resembles nothing so much as the mess surrounding Obamacare. This was the grim message of Thursday’s event at The Heritage Foundation. The event featured chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul (R–TX), followed by a panel of experts on … More

    Cyber Attacks: Hopping the "Great Firewall"

    Google’s new Digital Attack Map reveals that the U.S. experiences daily cyber attacks. Though much of the map’s real-time cyber activity is untraceable, the map does confirm that China heavily targets the U.S. This underscores the need for the U.S. to make China feel a cost for its cyber espionage … More

    Armed Services Advocate Ike Skelton Passes On

    As long-time Congressman Ike Skelton (D–MO) is laid to rest today, he leaves a legacy on Capitol Hill of bipartisan efforts on the House Armed Services Committee and continued commitment to America’s armed services. First elected in 1976 in western Missouri, Skelton served in the U.S. House for 34 years. … More