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    Jimmy Carter’s National Security Policies—The Sequel?

    They remade the Brady Bunch, Charlie’s Angels, and The A-Team—why not replay the presidency of Jimmy Carter? The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund joined the chorus last week with a piece titled The Carter-Obama Comparisons Grow: “Mr. Carter himself heightening comparisons with his own presidency,” Fund wrote, “by publishing his … More

    Don't Ask, I'll Just Tell You What the Law Should Be

    Late last week a federal district court in California struck down the military policy on service by homosexual persons, an activist ruling that, among other things, faulted the 1993 law on constitutional due process  grounds. Next week the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up the legislative repeal of the … More

    Americans to Obama: Don’t Cut Defense

    Following billion dollar bailouts and stimulus packages, the Administration is hoping to find “savings” elsewhere in the federal budget. One of its targets is defense. According to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the “gusher” of defense spending “has been turned off, and will stay off for a good period of time.” … More

    Gates Going

    In the coming months, lots of people will be cranking up their computers and burning up the airwaves with commentary on the just-announced departure of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates sometime in 2011. Evaluating his legacy as SECDEF when he ultimately leaves next year will be important for the historical … More

    How to Win Turkey

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has completed a visit to Turkey with a passionate defense of Ankara’s aspiration to join the European Union. The charismatic young leader, who also completed a successful Prime Ministerial visit to Washington this month, has joined leading figures, such as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates … More

    That 70s Show

    According to The New York Times, Secretary Gates has told the Pentagon to tighten its belt to pay for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and everything else: “His goal is $7 billion in spending cuts and efficiencies for 2012, growing to $37 billion annually by 2016.” Some may think this … More

    Nobody Asked Me, But ... Provide Smooth Sailing for the U.S. Navy

    America’s Navy sails alone. It’s impossible to compare the U.S. Fleet to the rest of the world’s navies, because the United States has a singular role and mission. We need a better navy than anyone else. No post-World War II President has backed away from the nation’s expansive leadership role. … More

    Did the Russians Win on Missile Defense in the New START Treaty?

    The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations met on May 18 to hold a hearing with Secretaries Clinton and Gates and Admiral Mullen on the new U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction (New START) Treaty. The three officials gave testimony and urged ratification saying the treaty will enhance U.S. security and aid nuclear … More

    Defense Spending is Not the Problem

    Speaking at the Eisenhower Library in Kansas on May 8th, Secretary Gates stated the following: “Given America’s difficult economic circumstances and parlous fiscal condition, military spending on things large and small can and should expect closer, harsher scrutiny.” Left unexamined, Secretary Gates’ statement would lead the average American to conclude … More

    Defense in the Driver’s Seat

    This weekend, the secretary of defense called for additional spending cuts to keep the defense budget flat for the future. But flat budgets aren’t always smart budgets—or even an effective way to cut waste. The defense budget doesn’t need simple cuts. It needs true reform. The Heritage Foundation has long … More