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House Committee Shows Strong Bipartisanship In Approving National Defense Authorization Act

July 9, 2020 by


By Frederico Bartels ~ The House Armed Services Committee last week unanimously approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, with all 56 members who were present voting in favor of the legislation. The July 1 action was an important bipartisan show of support that eluded the House of Representatives last year, when the […]

House Democrats Are Shortchanging The Military

May 11, 2019 by


By Frederico Bartels ~ House appropriators have now released their budget top lines for every government agency, and their number for the Department of Defense shows they acknowledge the defense budget needs an increase. But that increase still isn’t enough, as it falls short of the president’s budget request and of what the military needs […]

How The Space Force Can Restore Our Edge Against China, Russia

February 22, 2019 by


By John Venable ~ The U.S. just moved one step closer to creating a Space Force. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump directed the Department of Defense to draft legislation to establish the Space Force as a new branch of the military under the secretary of the Air Force. This move is an important step toward […]

New Report Confirms Our Military’s Strength Has Eroded

November 15, 2018 by


By James Di Pane ~ Americans often assume their military is the strongest in the world, capable of handling any threats that come its way. But a new report by the National Defense Strategy Commission challenges that idea. It points out how significantly the U.S. military has deteriorated, placing the U.S. in an increasingly precarious […]

Post Election, Rebuilding The US Military Just Became That Much Harder

November 11, 2018 by


By Thomas Spoehr ~ With Democrats regaining control of the House of Representatives, the path to rebuilding America’s military just became more challenging. For the past two years, Pentagon officials have laid out in stark detail how the military had deteriorated over the past decade, owing to underfunding and overuse in two protracted conflicts. Shortly […]

The Earliest Signing Of The NDAA In 40 Years Is A Giant Step In Rebuilding The Military

August 15, 2018 by


By Frederico Bartels ~ With President Donald Trump’s signature Monday at Fort Drum, New York, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019 will be the earliest a defense authorization bill has become law since 1978. Forty years ago, the bill was 16 pages long and was called the “Department of Defense […]

Failure To Adequately Fund Our Military Puts America At Risk

October 5, 2017 by


By Dakota Wood ~ Arguably the federal government’s first obligation to Americans is to keep us safe from foreign attack and to defend our vital national interests wherever they are threatened. Alarmingly, our government is on the verge of failing in this core responsibility. Our military is minimally ready, rapidly aging, and has so shrunk […]

How Many U.S. Warships To Change Peter Hartcher’s Mind?

April 11, 2017 by


By Andrew Bolt ~ Australia’s Fairfax Media’s Peter Hartcher claims China will be reassured that Donald Trump is preoccupied with the Middle East. Hartcher’s analysis relies in the standard Sydney Morning Herald belief that everything Trump does must of course be stupid: A theme echoing through US media in the last few days was that Donald […]

After Missile Attack, The Challenges Facing Trump In Syria

April 8, 2017 by


By Josh Siegel ~ After President Donald Trump was mostly cheered by the international community for his missile strikes targeted at the Syrian government, he must now grapple with how to pair his first use of decisive military force with a strategy to contest a six-year-old war that has challenged the world. U.S. officials described […]

Weighing Aspirations, Trump Argues For Increased Defense Spending

March 30, 2017 by


By Herbert London ~ The post-Cold War ‘military industrial complex’ isn’t applicable to today’s terrorist enemies During President Trump’s recent address to Congress, he said we must add $54 billion of spending to the defense budget in order to bolster the nation’s defense capabilities. Considering the $1 trillion in defense sequestration during the Obama years, […]

Council Of Foreign Relations Advises President Trump To Appease China

March 13, 2017 by


By William R. Hawkins ~ Two days after his speech to a joint session of Congress during which he stressed a budget dedicated to national security and public safety, President Donald trump visited Newport News shipyard for a tour of a new aircraft carrier. He told the crowd, “I asked Congress to eliminate the defense […]