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    Hagel’s Visit to China Showcases Hardening Chinese Line

    As Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returns from his visit to China, reporting on the visit has been mixed. Optimists have tended to focus on the visit to China’s new aircraft carrier as an example of a new openness on the part of Beijing. And it is important to recognize … More

    James R. Schlesinger: Devoted Patriot

    The U.S. lost a dedicated public servant yesterday with the passing of James R. Schlesinger, a prominent member of the Washington establishment during a particularly troubled time in our country’s more recent history. Serving as chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, secretary of … More

    3 Things You Don't Need Robert Gates's Book to Know

    Excerpts from a new tell-all book made quite a splash in Washington yesterday. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates apparently blasts President Obama on foreign policy and the U.S. military in his upcoming book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. But as Heritage’s James Jay Carafano said, “You don’t need … More

    Budget-Driven Defense Cuts Signify Hagel’s Lack of Strategy

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called for “significant change across every aspect of our defense enterprise.” While sequestration drives Secretary Hagel’s remarks, “significant change” is only code for declining readiness and lost capabilities. “We must make sure that contingency scenarios drive force structure decisions and not the other way around,” … 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

    Why Finding Waste in the Pentagon Matters

    Can the Pentagon be downsized? Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has selected former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley to oversee a Pentagon downsizing effort to cut 20 percent of the Office of the Secretary of Defense headquarters staff over the next five years. There are undoubtedly areas of waste in the … More

    Rumsfeld on Economic Freedom

    Concluding The Heritage Foundation’s fifth annual Protect America Month series, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shared his insights on why a free-market system that promotes economic freedom is critical to ensuring America’s prosperity and security. In an interview with Dr. Edwin Feulner, former president of The Heritage Foundation, Rumsfeld … More

    Military: Furloughs Won’t Solve Long-Term Concerns

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced that the 800,000 civilian Department of Defense (DOD) employees scheduled for furloughs will take only 11 days without pay. This amounts to half the originally planned furlough of 22 days for civilians in the DOD. While this reduction may keep the DOD operating … More

    ICBMs Continue to Be an Important National Security Asset

    The U.S. Air Force recently stripped 17 officers of their authority to control and launch intercontinental-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) after inspections indentified potential problems that could endanger U.S. national security. Although the incident did not impact security and operational readiness of U.S. ICBM forces, the Air Force is right to … More