The damage being done by Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s terrorist surveillance activities is being compounded by the administration’s damage control efforts. Last week, an article in the Wall Street Journal Friday disclosed that the National Security Agency doesn’t … read more
A new Fox News poll is out today which finds: Two-thirds of American voters (66 percent) think the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups as part of a high-level operation to punish political opponents. Far fewer — 23 percent — … read more
On increasingly rare occasions, the relentless cacophony inside the Beltway gives way to harmony. Such was the case last week when the doyens of DC’s think-tank community united their voices to urge painful yet necessary Pentagon reforms. On Monday, a group … read more
Turns out Edward Snowden — the former CIA employee and NSA contractor who leaked documents revealing top-secret National Security Agency programs tracking terrorist communications — is a Paulbot. The Washington Post reports: “According to campaign finance reports, Snowden made a … read more
This weekend president Obama will meet with new Chinese president Xi Jinping in California. The US has a long and complicated relationship with the world’s other superpower, and Lara Crouch and Mike Mazza from AEI’s Foreign Defense Department join us to … read more
What will President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping talk about next week in California? If China’s aggressive, criminal, pervasive hacking of America’s military secrets isn’t agenda item number one, then the whole summit will be a charade. There are … read more
After submitting a budget to Congress that ignores sequestration, newly-minted Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel launched an internal Pentagon review to belatedly plan for the cuts called for under the Budget Control Act (BCA). According to a recent Defense News … read more
Over two months in, deep and arbitrary budget cuts imposed by sequestration are popping up all over the US military with real consequences for those in uniform. This may be one reason the president’s budget request for next year virtually … read more
This weekend, the last of America’s A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft stationed in Europe flew out of Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany for the final time. The US Air Force’s 81st Fighter Squadron is being deactivated after 30-plus years in service, and … read more
President Obama’s newest defense budget request for 2014 reminds Washington that these documents are more than a set of numbers. They are also political statements of priorities. But Obama’s budget request is the latest in a series that stands virtually … read more
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