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    Happy Birthday to the Minutemen

    Today marks the birthday of the National Guard, our nation’s oldest force. The brave men and women of the Army and Air Force National Guard are the descendants of the men and boys who rallied to Lexington and Concord to fire “the shot heard ’round the world.” They are every … More

    Strategic Shift Could Harm Middle East Policy

    The Pentagon’s strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific has come under increasing scrutiny as conflicts continue in the Middle East, particularly in Israel. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale recently contributed to this debate at the annual El Pomar Conference in Colorado Springs, saying, “The Administration’s strategy fails because it … More

    QDR: An Opportunity for the Pentagon and Congress

    The Department of Defense is currently preparing to conduct a Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The end goal of this process is the production of a document that will guide U.S. strategic planning and procurement for the next two decades. In past QDRs, the process regrettably amounted to the Pentagon’s way … More

    Morning Bell: What IS the Fiscal Cliff?

    With just a few weeks left in 2012, all eyes in Washington are on Capitol Hill and the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. As usual, Congress and the President are taking highly contentious issues down to the wire before cutting a deal—never a situation that ends well for taxpayers. Federal Reserve Chairman … More

    Defense Budget: Military "Experts" Seem to Have Short Memories

    A recently released report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, “Strategic Choices: Navigating Austerity,” argues that allowing some hollowing out of our military forces is acceptable. The report is raising eyebrows around Washington, mainly because it is so at odds with what Pentagon leadership is saying. The individuals … More

    Defense Budget: Getting the Assumptions Right

    Earlier this year, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments conducted an exercise that purported to show how a smaller defense budget wouldn’t be so bad after all. However, the assumptions behind this exercise have significant shortcomings. The exercise forced the participants to accept defense funding levels mandated in the … More

    Israel's Investments in Cyber Defense Pay Off

    Following the start of Israeli air strikes against Hamas, hacker groups, including Anonymous, have declared open season on Israeli cyber defenses. However, Israel has invested heavily in cybersecurity and cyber operations, allowing it to defeat more than 44 million hacking attempts on government websites, losing only one website for about … More

    Heritage Finds Solutions to Sequestration

    With sequestration—the automatic reductions to the federal government set to occur January 2, 2013—looming ever closer, The Heritage Foundation has put forth a proposal to replace these cuts and avert the disaster. Heritage’s Patrick Louis Knudsen recently detailed $150 billion worth of savings to be found in the federal budget … More

    Foreign Policy: No Apology for American Greatness

    While conservatives might be in a bit of a post-election funk, this is no time to compromise our principles—especially on foreign policy and national security, where Team Obama’s record has been less than stellar to say the least. Rather, now is the time to dig deep and fight for the … More

    Pride Goeth Before a Fall

    In an op-ed in The Washington Times, Heritage’s Kim Holmes voices concerns about how pride may prevent President Obama from reassessing or changing course on certain foreign policies, leaving him and the United States unprepared for the daunting challenges facing the country. Any student of history recognizes that concerns on … More