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    Free Trade Twist: China No Longer Cheapest Labor

    As wages in China rise with economic growth, some companies are beginning to look elsewhere for what was once China’s selling point: cheap labor. It just highlights the power that free trade provides—growing economies and raising living standards. Consider that wages in China are five times greater than they were … 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

    Happy 237th Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps!

    From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, the Marine Corps has answered the nation’s call each and every time they are needed. Today, we honor the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who claim the title of United States Marine. As the famous first lines … More

    What’s Next for the U.S. Army?

    This month, the Association of the United States Army will convene for its annual meeting and exposition. As it considers the end of the Iraqi conflict and the drawdown in Afghanistan, one question will be on everyone’s mind: Where do we go from here? For the last 11 years, 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

    Chinese Warning to India: The Latest Sign of China's Disturbing Ambitions

    The stage is set for significantly heightened tensions along China’s southern coast. China recently warned that Indian companies should not engage in oil exploration in Vietnamese waters claimed by China, and India rebuffed China’s implicit claim that those waters are Chinese territories. The Chinese message referred to portions of the … More

    Actions Speak Louder than Words—Even in Asia

    Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, current Chairman of ASEAN, has returned from the G-20 summit in Toronto, just in time to host the upcoming 43rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dung has proven himself to be more of an active leader than prior … More

    Stop the Presses: Putting Flashy Defense Spending Sound Bites in Context

    In a report titled, “Long-Term Implications of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Budget,” the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) points out that this year’s Department of Defense (DoD) budget will exceed the real dollar equivalent of the Pentagon’s budget at the time of the defense build-up in the 1980s. Specifically, CBO … More

    Senator Kerry Misses the Lessons of Vietnam

    In a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) tries to draw conclusions from the Vietnam War for our fight in Afghanistan. Some of his “lessons” are misguided and could put our troops in Afghanistan in greater harm’s way. Senator Kerry asserts that “we should not … More

    Obama Must Return Clarity and Focus to Afghanistan War

    The AP reports today that “a request for new troops from the U.S. commander in Afghanistan may have to be revised now that there is growing uncertainty inside the Obama administration over whether to escalate the American commitment to the eight-year war.” General Stanley McChrystal is set to deliver his … More