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    NDAA Detainee Provisions Road Map to Closing Gitmo?

    The combined House/Senate agreement on the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has two key terrorist-detainee-related provisions worth highlighting. Section 1039 requires the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, to prepare a report on the “legal rights, if any” for any Gitmo detainee transferred to the United … 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

    F-35 Survives

    During markup of the National Defense Authorization Act, many feared that funding for the F-35 would be stripped from the bill. But conservatives successfully blocked efforts to slow down the process. This is a huge win for U.S. national security. The F-35 Lightning is set to become the world’s leading … More

    A Hidden Cost: Failure to Reflect the True Cost of Operations Would Damage Readiness

    Among the amendments cleared for action during House consideration the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2014 is an amendment sponsored by Representative Chris Van Hollen (D–MD). It would reducing the funding level for overseas contingency operations (OCO), primarily for ongoing operations in Afghanistan, to the level in … More

    House Pushes Back on Obama’s Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

    The House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) advances U.S. national interests when it comes to U.S. nuclear weapons. The bill prohibits elimination of the nuclear triad and limits availability of funds for further nuclear reductions. The President’s previous arms control treaty, the New Strategic Arms Reduction … More

    House Committee's National Defense Authorization Act: A First Peek

    Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund U.S. forces. The Heritage Foundation recently set 10 issues that can improve U.S. security and advance its alliance relationships. While the HASC hasn’t released its full report yet, here are some of the … More

    Pentagon Report on China Reveals Comprehensive Military Buildup, Extensive Espionage

    The Department of Defense (DOD), per the requirements of the fiscal year 2000 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), this week issued the 2013 annual report to Congress on the Chinese military. This year’s report is a substantial expansion upon the 2012 report, nearly double in length, and with an extensive … More

    Israel’s Iron Dome Proves a Missile Defense System Can Work

    Doubters falsely accuse the Israeli defense system as a failure when in reality that is not the case. As the threat of ballistic missile increases, the U.S. should enact policies to further advance its own defenses. The founder of Israel’s Missile Defense Organization, Uzi Rubin, recently wrote an article discussing … More

    Shining the Light of Transparency on U.S. Public Diplomacy

    Transparency in government took a huge step forward on January 3. On that day, President Obama signed into law the Smith–Mundt Modernization Act as an amendment to the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill. With the new revision, State Department foreign programming may be broadcast in the United States, though it may … More

    Some Good, Some Bad in National Defense Authorization Act

    Last month, The Heritage Foundation compared the Senate and House versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with Heritage’s policy positions on national security and defense. Now that the final version of the NDAA is available, it is possible to analyze which of Heritage’s national security and defense interests … More