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    Global Zero is NOT the Way Forward

    Lieutenant General James Kowalski, chief of Global Strike Command, stated that there was “head room” for safe cuts to the American nuclear arsenal, according to a recent article by Politico. He contended, however, that reductions could not be made to the level supported by the Global Zero Report, from which … More

    Morning Bell: Top 3 Reasons Chuck Hagel Is Wrong for Secretary of Defense

    President Obama’s pick as the next Secretary of Defense is the wrong one. Heritage’s defense and foreign policy experts have examined the record of Chuck Hagel, the Republican former Senator from Nebraska, and concluded he simply does not have the experience and skills for the job. What’s more, his vision … More

    The Hagel Confirmation Battle Is About One Thing: Competence

    The battle over the confirmation of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense boils down to one thing and one thing only: competence. On this one all-important criterion, Hagel flatly fails the test. A variety of arguments have been made in favor of Hagel that have nothing to … More

    Why Does Iran Endorse Chuck Hagel?

    Just how diplomatic would former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) be as Secretary of Defense? The fact that Iran backs Hagel’s nomination should give Senators pause. Hagel has called repeatedly for better relations with Iran, the worst state sponsor of terrorism in history. In several past speeches (some not provided to … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts Analyze the State of the Union

    President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious agenda last night. Here are some highlights of our experts’ analysis of his claims, his plans, and his promises. Responding to Newtown All Americans, no matter what our backgrounds or political perspectives, abhor the death of innocent human beings. We were shocked by … More

    North Korea Defies with Nuclear Test

    Pyongyang again disobeyed international efforts to rein in the recalcitrant regime by conducting its third nuclear test. North Korea announced it successfully conducted a test of a “miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously.” Coupled with its successful launch of a long-range missile in December 2012, … More

    Happy Birthday, President Reagan! Happy Birthday, Comprehensive Missile Defense Program!

    The person most responsible for reviving the missile defense program in the face of the Cold War policy of mutually assured destruction, President Ronald Reagan, would have celebrated his 102nd birthday today. President Reagan would marvel at all the accomplishments of the missile defense program since the U.S. withdrew from … More

    Hagel Misleading About Nuclear Zero Report

    Former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) responses regarding his stance on the future of the U.S. nuclear deterrent were misleading. Hagel stated during his confirmation hearing yesterday that his position has never been “unilateral disarmament ever, never.” He said that he doesn’t agree with “any recommendation that would unilaterally take any … More

    Nuclear Deterrence: The Uncertain Future of the Creaky Missiles

    Recently, Time magazine covered the aging status of the U.S. Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The article shone a spotlight on the problem of the deteriorating U.S. nuclear deterrent. The United States is the only nuclear power that does not have a nuclear modernization program. The U.S. approach to … More

    Israel Signals Need for American Leadership in Addressing Iran’s Nuclear Threat

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently made comments that have fueled speculation about the looming confrontation with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. In an interview published by the Daily Beast on Friday, Barak was asked if there was any way that Israel could launch a military strike at Iran’s … More