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    Defense: Mismatch Between Strategy and Ability

    In a recent article in National Review, Heritage distinguished fellow and former Senator Jim Talent (R–MO) explains that the U.S. military is facing a troubling future. Talent describes how “every category of primary risk to American security is growing.” China is displaying increasing boldness in defense of its disputed territorial … More

    Iran-Made Drone Shot Down over Israel

    Israel announced on Thursday that it had shot down a drone approaching its coast about five miles west of the northern city of Haifa. Israeli officials said that the drone came from Lebanon and was probably an Iranian-made aircraft belonging to Hezbollah. An Israeli F-16 downed the drone with an … More

    Iron Dome: A Defense Bargain

    The Pentagon has recently requested more than $220 million in fiscal year (FY) 2014 to support Israel’s air defense system, known as “Iron Dome.” The Missile Defense Agency likewise requested an additional $175 million for FY 2015. Funding Iron Dome is in the interest of America’s closest ally in the … More

    What Motivated the Boston Bomber’s Trip to Russia?

    As details emerge regarding Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s 2012 trip to Dagestan and Chechnya, which his family has insisted was merely to visit with relatives, fresh questions arise as to how that trip may have influenced either his motivation or preparation for the Boston Marathon bombings. The frequency with which American-born or … More

    Canada Arrests Terrorist Plotters Linked to Al-Qaeda Elements in Iran

    Canadian police announced on Monday that they had arrested two foreign men plotting to derail a passenger train and who had received some unspecified form of support from al-Qaeda personnel based in Iran. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that Raed Jasser, a 35-year-old Palestinian living in Toronto, and Chiheb … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Fall Into the Boston Immigration Trap

    As the country continues to reel over the attacks in Boston last week, some in Washington quickly looked for ways to use the attacks to justify their political goals on border security and immigration reform. On both sides of the aisle, politicians and commentators were quick to assert that the … More

    The Boston Bombings and Immigration

    As tempting as it might be for anyone in Washington to find some way to spin the tragic events of the Boston bombings to advance their legislative agenda on Capitol Hill—they ought to think twice. That particularly goes for all sides in the immigration debate. We’re chagrined, therefore, that some … More

    Chechnya: A Troubled Land

    News out of Boston today has focused attention on the increasing extremist violence in Russia’s North Caucasus region, as two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings have been identified as Chechnya natives. Russia’s Northern Caucasus is one of the most volatile, lawless regions in the world and a hotbed of … More

    Lessons Learned from the Tragic Boston Marathon Bombing

    Enough time has passed to identify some important, early lessons from the tragic events surrounding the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Here are a few things that, even now, are evident: Practice does make perfect. The response to the Boston tragedy was exemplary. First responders were able to effectively and … More

    Boston Marathon Bombing: Counterterrorism Investigation Process in Full Swing

    In the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the key to the investigation is strong cooperation and teamwork by the law enforcement entities involved. This cooperation largely occurs in the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) overseeing the investigation. Led by the FBI, the JTTF will work closely with all … More