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    Visa Waiver Program Expansion Should Advance on its Own

    On Monday, Congressmen Mike Quigley (D–IL) and Aaron Schock (R–IL), along with Senator Mark Kirk (R–IL) and more than 15 other cosponsors, reintroduced the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act. The bill would expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows citizens of participating countries to travel in … More

    Don’t Pull U.S. Troops Out of Europe

    Throughout recent federal budget discussions, strategies to pull America out of recession, and the potential for massive cuts to national security, one cost cutting idea has been to withdraw U.S. military forces from Europe. The primary arguments behind such proposals are that this will save money immediately and that these … More

    Surprise, Surprise: Nobel Prize Awarded for Politics, Not Substance

    Many self-righteous and smug Eurocrats will be celebrating the European Union’s Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded earlier today in Oslo, Norway. Wisely and sensibly, some European leaders, such as British Prime Minister David Cameron and Czech President Václav Klaus, decided not to attend today’s ceremony. It was clear to … More

    U.S. Air Force in Poland: A Small Step in the Right Direction

    Last week marked an important milestone for U.S.–Polish defense relations: A small detachment of U.S. airmen arrived at Lask air base in Poland and established the first permanent U.S. military presence in the country. While this modest increase in the U.S. Air Force’s presence in Europe is a step in … More

    Russia Ramps Up Missile Tests

    Russian President Vladimir Putin recently oversaw a strategic exercise—including a series of coordinated missile tests—that drew on Russia’s nuclear “triad” (bombers, intercontinental-range ballistic missiles [ICBMs], and submarine-launched ballistic missiles [SLBMs]). Both the ICBM and the SLBM reached their respective targets after having traveled distances of more than 6,000 kilometers. Less … More

    Presidential Debate Revisits President Obama’s Apology Tour

    During Monday night’s presidential debate, President Obama provided some tough rhetoric when highlighting his foreign policy credentials. However, Governor Romney was quick to point out that Obama not too long ago traveled the world apologizing for U.S. leadership. Upon entering office in 2009, Obama sought atonement for the supposed sins … More

    The EU’s Nobel Peace Prize: Not Just a Laughing Matter

    The news that the European Union—which is in the midst of the most sustained crisis of its history—has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is worthy of a laugh—or three. European defense spending is at post-1945 lows and falling further still; it is not the EU that is keeping the … More

    Morning Bell: We Can't Give Up on Afghanistan

    Yesterday marked the 11-year anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, which was launched just three and a half weeks after the 9/11 attacks. Recently, U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan reached the 2,000 mark. These markers—combined with the horror of “insider attacks” by Afghan soldiers against allied fighters—beg an accounting … More

    Russia to Create “Son of Satan” Missile

    Last week, General Sergei Karakayev, Commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, announced plans for a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to go into production as soon as 2018. He emphasized that the new missile would be capable of penetrating the NATO missile shield Russia dislikes so much. The new … More

    Dutch Parliament Votes to Ditch the Joint Strike Fighter

    The bad news: This week the Dutch parliament voted to scrap Dutch participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The good news: Since the Dutch government dissolved back in April, and there will be a general election later in the year, the vote is non-binding. Nevertheless, this should … More