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    Sequestration's Shadow on the Defense Industrial Base

    Unless the President and Congress change current law, the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces will soon face an indiscriminate, across-the-board cut of more than $500 billion over the next decade. Known as “sequestration,” this massive reduction in defense spending comes in addition to the $487 billion in … More

    Fitch Ratings Warns: Congress Must Address the Fiscal Crisis

    Proof of President Reagan’s wisdom keeps cropping up. A fresh example: The U.S. has retained its AAA credit status with Fitch Ratings, mainly due to the fundamental strengths of its free-market economy; but a long cloud threatens the outlook—and it comes from the government’s increasingly unstable fiscal condition. In short, … More

    Sequestration Will Damage an Already Weakened Air Force

    The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness is holding a hearing this week titled “Department of the Air Force Aircraft Force Structure Reductions.” The last word of this hearing—reductions—is telling. The subcommittee usually holds hearings in which military officials update the status of their respective branches. However, the U.S. Air … More

    White House National Security Strategy: Distract from Real Concerns

    While the President has reveled in recent U.S. military accomplishments (even at the expense of classified or sensitive information), his Administration has been guardedly quiet about the defense community’s elephant in the room: the automatic cuts mandated by sequestration. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has repeatedly stated that the cuts … More

    Rep. McKeon Warns of Sequestration's Dire Consequences for Military

    Regardless of who wins the November presidential election, current law dictates that massive cuts in defense spending will take affect on Jan. 2, 2013. It’s a policy known as sequestration, and it will take $492 billion out of the defense budget. Speaking at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing this week, House Armed … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Buck McKeon and Author Edward Conard at The Blogger Briefing

    Lawmakers in Washington have six months to figure out a way to avoid the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts agreed to in last year’s debt-limit deal. Those cuts disproportionately target defense, prompting concerns from across the political spectrum. Leading the charge in Congress is Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), chairman of the … More

    VIDEO: Navy Faces Readiness Crisis as More Ships Unprepared for Combat

    The year was 1979. America’s military had emerged from the Vietnam War earlier in the decade and was now facing sizable and significant budget cuts. Capt. Tom Shanahan, commanding officer of the USS Canisteo, had just returned from the Mediterranean Sea and was now leading an overhaul of his fleet … More

    VIDEO: Sen. Tom Coburn Discusses 'The Debt Bomb' at Bloggers Briefing

    Having spent nearly 30 years as a doctor in Oklahoma, Sen. Tom Coburn thinks like a physician even when he’s working in the nation’s capital. He identifies symptoms that manifest from a disease. And when it comes to our nation’s debt crisis, that disease is the political class in Washington. … More

    Exclusive Interview: Sen. Jon Kyl on the Need to Preserve Defense

    Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has been among the Senate’s strongest proponents of a robust national defense. In his role as Republican Whip, he is now leading the charge against efforts to shortchange our Defense budget, and warning of potential dire consequences for national security. Kyl spoke at the Heritage Foundation … More

    Morning Bell: Will Congress Defend Our Military?

    It’s one thing to talk a good game about cutting spending, but it’s quite another thing to actually do something about it. This week, the House of Representatives has an opportunity to finally set some limits on Washington’s spending spree while also ensuring that the U.S. military has the resources … More