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    Medal of Honor Recipient Rejoins Military

    U.S. Army captain and Medal of Honor recipient Will Swenson returned to active duty recently. Captain Swenson will be joining I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Fort Lewis, Washington, as a plans officer after his request to return to the service was approved. Swenson received the Medal of Honor … More

    The Asia Pivot Comes Up Short—Again

    The U.S. Marine Corps is questioning whether it can implement the Obama Administration’s much-vaunted strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific. “We are on our way…to a less than a 300-hundred ship Navy,” said General John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. “We are on our way to a … More

    Defense Cuts Leaving the U.S. Navy Toothless?

    Earlier this month, the Obama administration released the annual FY2015 budget request for the Department of Defense. As analysts pore over the several thousand pages detailing spending plans for each program in the U.S. military, a number of head-scratching decisions are coming to light. For example, the Navy has decided … More

    Army Could Fall to Smallest Since Before World War II

    The Army could shrink to its lowest active-duty end strength size since before World War II, according to recent statements by military officials. Over the past two weeks Army leadership has hinted at a new strategic direction of fewer troops and lighter, more mobile weapons. However, this “strategy” is merely … More

    Some Good, Some Bad in FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act

    The FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which specifies the budget for the Department of Defense, does address some of the top 10 issues that Heritage raised in May, but falls short on the others. The NDAA is an important piece of legislation, and one of the few that continues … More

    Reflecting on America's Resolve: 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

    Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Americans reflect on what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “a date which will live in infamy,” let us also remember the resolve Americans and the U.S. military showed in response. The attack killed over 2,400 Americans, destroyed nearly … More

    Readiness Cuts Mean No Jumps for Some Paratroopers

    Facing deep cuts to defense spending, the U.S. Army must keep some of its most elite paratroopers on the ground. This marks an entry on a growing list of readiness concerns the U.S. military is dealing with. The Obama Administration ordered these cuts in its 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, a … More

    U.S. Military Faces Huge Cuts in Europe

    General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe and head of U.S. European Command (EUCOM), has acknowledged that his funding will shrink by 20 percent due to cuts to the Department of Defense (DOD). This comes on the heels of the Obama Administration removing two Army Brigade Combat Teams from … More

    General McCaffrey: U.S. Not Prepared for National Security Threats

    The most trusted institution in America is the U.S. military. “There is a reason for it,” said retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey. “It is because our boys and girls, our sons and daughters, write Mom and say that ‘I’m part of an institution of courage and integrity and they … More

    Budget-Driven Defense Cuts Signify Hagel’s Lack of Strategy

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called for “significant change across every aspect of our defense enterprise.” While sequestration drives Secretary Hagel’s remarks, “significant change” is only code for declining readiness and lost capabilities. “We must make sure that contingency scenarios drive force structure decisions and not the other way around,” … More