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    GUEST POST: Defending American Interests Through a Strong Navy and Air Force

    After more than a decade of intensive ground combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military is facing a security environment very different from that which defined the first years of the 21st century. The threats facing the United States abroad are increasingly maritime in nature, whether it’s China’s aggressive … More

    Iran Uses Strait of Hormuz as Backdrop for Missile Tests

    In yet another move that hovered somewhere between provocative and pestilent, Iran has again engaged in a series of naval and missile exercises in the Persian Gulf. The battery of tests, conducted last week and centered on the Strait of Hormuz—the highly important passageway through which one-fifth of the world’s … More

    Blocking Strait of Hormuz: IHS Exercise Confirms Heritage Analysis

    As is frequently the case, petroleum futures markets are anxious about political instability in the Middle East. Of particular concern is the possibility that efforts to counter or eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons capability will lead Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which passes about one-fifth of the world’s … More

    Act of Desperation: Iran Halts Oil Shipments to U.K., France

    Iran’s decision to halt oil shipments to the U.K. and France last weekend is a weak retaliatory measure against European actors for tougher sanctions. Despite this largely symbolic measure, Iran did manage to surprise world markets and drive up the price of oil. The U.K. imposed its hardest-hitting sanctions to … More

    EU Imposes Oil Sanctions on Iran

    The European Union yesterday imposed an embargo on future oil imports from Iran in an unprecedented escalation of sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran into negotiations on its uranium enrichment program. Foreign ministers from the EU’s 27 member states agreed to ban new purchases of Iranian oil and phase out oil … More

    Strait of Hormuz: U.S. Should Be Ready for the Next Oil Crisis

    Tensions are rising in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has recently yet again threatened to close the strategic strait down over the threats from the European Union to impose an embargo on buying Iranian oil. The Europeans want to do that as a part of increasing efforts by the West … More

    Under Obama, Oil and Gas Production on Federal Lands Is Down 40%

    UPDATE: The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced on Jan. 27 that data used for its study of oil and gas production on federal lands was “incomplete.” The EIA is currently reviewing information from the Department of Interior and will correct its report upon completion. — In his announcement rejecting the … More

    Iranian Threats Reflect Intensifying Confrontation over Its Nuclear Program

    Iran’s Islamist dictatorship has escalated its bellicose rhetoric in recent days, boasting about its ability to disrupt oil exports from the Persian Gulf and warning that U.S. Navy warships (particularly the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, which recently exited the gulf) could be attacked in the future. Iran has … More

    Morning Bell: War Games, An Energy Crisis, and the Iranian Threat

    The Strait of Hormuz lies between Iran and the United Arab Emirates, providing passage for some 15.5 million barrels of crude oil per day, amounting to one third of the world’s seaborne oil shipments. In a word, it is a 34-mile-wide chokepoint, making Iran’s threat this week to shut down … More

    Islamist Terrorists Target Oil Tanker Traffic Again

    Last Friday, the United Arab Emirates acknowledged that damage sustained by a Japanese supertanker on July 28, 2010, in the Persian Gulf, was the result of terrorism——not a “huge wave” as was announced earlier. The attack demonstrated the increasing danger of maritime terrorism against critical energy infrastructure. Prior to this … More