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    Who Are the Rebels in Syria?

    No one knows for certain the number of organized opposition groups in Syria and opposition militia forces fighting in the Syrian civil war. These irregular guerrilla forces fighting primarily against the Syrian army range from secular groups to Salafi Islamist militants. The Islamist factions are reportedly split between groups that … More

    The U.S. Gets It Right on Smithfield

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is charged with screening foreign investments to ensure they pose no risk to national security. CFIUS receives a great deal of criticism, some of it deserved. But the decision last week to approve Chinese firm Shuanghui’s $4.7 billion acquisition of … More

    Heritage Experts Discuss the Mess in Syria (VIDEO)

    In a 26-minute chat, Heritage experts discussed the unraveling situation in Syria and why President Obama’s widely publicized plan for limited missile strikes is not the best course of action for the United States. Having carelessly established a “red line” for intervening in the Syrian civil war without a clear … More

    Pakistan Threat Growing

    Yesterday’s revelation in The Washington Post about the large portion of the U.S. intelligence budget going toward collection efforts on Pakistan is not surprising. What is surprising is that that the Obama Administration publicly downplays the terrorist threat that continues to emanate from the Afghanistan–Pakistan region. According to the article, … More

    Obama’s Goals in Syria Remain Unclear

    Red lines work only when they are red. This is one of the foreign policy lessons President Obama has not learned. The President has had to redefine what his “red line” on chemical weapons use constituted in Syria and has not explained a clear plan for America’s involvement in the … More

    Obama's Unreal New Realities on Syria

    Today, President Obama sent Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the use of military force in Syria; they will testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee tomorrow. The trio has … More

    Syria and Iran Could Retaliate with Cyber Attacks

    With the U.S. and allies actively considering military action against the Syrian regime for reportedly using chemical weapons, the U.S. cannot ignore the possibility that Syria, and its ally Iran, will strike back at the U.S. with cyber weapons. Reuters is reporting that if the U.S. does intervene in Syria, … More

    Fighting New Terror Threats Requires Defining Them

    The way the U.S. President talks about terrorism matters. As chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Representative Michael McCaul (R–TX), recently put it, “Great leaders do not tell their constituency what they want to hear; they tell them what they need to know.… The American people deserve to make … More

    Bradley Manning: A Disappointing Sentence

    Well, that was disappointing. Military Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, sentenced 25-year-old Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison, which was more than the 25 years his defense counsel asked for but less than the 60 years urged by the prosecutor—and much less than the 90-year sentence … More

    Armed Services Struggle Under Cuts: Defense Review Doesn’t Provide Solutions

    The recent Strategic Choices Management Review (SCMR) issued by the Department of Defense makes some alarming predictions about future readiness, such as the possibility of the U.S. Army losing 70,000 to 100,000 active-duty soldiers under sequestration. This indicates a set of 15–20 percent reductions on top of previously projected cuts … More