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    Heritage's Carafano Sounds Alarm on North Korea Threat

    New threats from North Korea bring the message of the documentary 33 Minutes to the forefront of the missile defense debate. The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano was interviewed in a recent National Journal article on the documentary 33 Minutes and on the World Review for his thoughts on the worsening … More

    Obama Budget Likely to Veil Continued Defense Sequestration

    Tomorrow, President Obama will finally release his overdue budget request, and the next day, the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on that request. The hearing witnesses will be Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. It appears likely … More

    Heritage’s Response: Blueprint for a Sustainable and Strong Department of Defense

    Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave his first major speech since he was confirmed for the job in February. “The Department must understand the challenges and uncertainties, plan for the risks, and, yes, recognize the opportunities inherent in budget constraints and more efficient and effective restructuring,” he said. Secretary … More

    The Danger of Defense Cuts: North Korea Just a Reminder

    Amidst increased sequestration cuts and North Korean threats of hostility, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressed deep concern on Thursday over the increased danger that North Korea now poses requiring the U.S. to be prepared for “any eventuality.” Hagel’s concern is in agreement with Heritage Foundation expert Bruce Klingner, … More

    Continuing Resolution: Military Budget Concerns Remain

    This week, the House of Representatives passed its Continuing Resolution (CR) which provides funding for primarily the Department of Defense until the end of this fiscal year. Congress missed the opportunity to reprogram cuts from sequestration or cut even further. It also failed to address sequestration’s serious impact on military … More

    Hagel’s Distorted Views on India

    Former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) unfounded comments on India’s role in Afghanistan during a speech in 2011 provide yet another indication that he is poorly qualified to lead the U.S. Department of Defense. In a video recording of an unreleased speech by Hagel at Cameron University in Oklahoma, the nominee … More

    Sequestration Is Only Part of the Pentagon’s Woes

    As most commentators are focusing on the impending massive defense cuts that will devastate the military readiness of America, is it possible that this is only a part of the problem? The Department of Defense (DOD) is facing other symptoms of leadership failure. The recent firing of one of America’s … More

    Inhofe to Senate: Don't Confirm Hagel

    Senator James Inhofe (R–OK) has sent a letter urging members to vote against confirming former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Defense Secretary. This letter follows on the heels of the letter from a group of 14 Senators urging President Obama to withdraw the nomination. The Senate returns from recess Monday, … More

    Chuck Hagel’s Military Service - Is It the Game-Changer?

    President Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough recently said of former-Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE), “I think he’ll be a great Defense Secretary. This is a guy who volunteered to go to Vietnam…heavily decorated when he was there, well performing when he was there, and everything since.” Members of the U.S. … More

    Reality Crushes Senator Hagel’s Misguided Belief in Nuclear Zero

    Former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) strongly held belief in getting rid of U.S. nuclear weapons is ever more troubling, especially in light of new global developments. Earlier this month, North Koreayet again defied the international community when it conducted its third nuclear test. In response, seven in 10 South Koreans … More