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  • Special Report posted January 6, 2016 by Lisa Curtis, Luke Coffey, David Inserra, Daniel Kochis, Walter Lohman, Joshua Meservey, James Phillips, Robin Simcox Combatting the ISIS Foreign Fighter Pipeline: A Global Approach

    The Islamic State’s recent global terror campaign—including the October 31 downing of a Russian passenger jet that killed 224 and the November 13 shooting attacks in Paris that killed 130 restaurant patrons and concert-goers—has increased the urgency for the U.S. to lead a global alliance to defeat the Islamic State and its ideology. ISIS has also been able to establish a…

  • Issue Brief posted December 2, 2015 by David Inserra The Visa Waiver Program: Congress Should Strengthen a Crucial Security Tool

    After the coordinated Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 that left 130 people dead, legislators and much of the public are once again worried about the threat that terrorists pose to the U.S. homeland. After considering legislation on the vetting process for Syrian refugees, Congress is now considering altering the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)—an agreement…

  • Commentary posted December 1, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. How To Stop Terrorist Travel

    After the rage and mourning over the Paris terrorist attacks came fears of another Paris—in another city. Nowhere has the debate about how to keep terrorists “over there” from coming over here been waged more vigorously than in the United States. That comes as no surprise. Few doubt that America is on the ISIS hit list. The good news is that the U.S. has a lot of…

  • Commentary posted November 30, 2015 by Peter Brookes, David Inserra Brookes and Inserra: Don’t let those visa fears take flight

    Despite the deep erudition of this newspaper’s readers — especially of this column — we suggest everyone take a deep breath over their concerns about the possibility of terrorism here aided and abetted by the visa waiver program. Everybody: In with the good air; out with the bad. Great! Now, the current worry is that Europeans who have traveled to Syria, Iraq,…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. We Should Hunt Terrorists Online -- Since That's Where They Now Operate

    Used to be that, when a crime occurred, investigators would flood the crime scene. Now, they race to access the perpetrator’s footprint in digital space. Often, that’s where they’ll find the most crucial clues. And that’s why the FBI wants to know everything Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez did online. Digital tracing has proved particularly important in…

  • Posted on July 9, 2015 by Justin Johnson / Carl Best 40,000 Soldiers Cut: Army Now Smaller Than Before 9/11

    Today, the Army is announcing that it is cutting another 40,000 soldiers, leaving the United States with an Army that is...…

  • Commentary posted June 30, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. What Fireworks Does ISIS Plan for the 4th of July?

    What to make of reports that ISIS may try to pull off a terrorist attack on Independence Day? Let’s look at the facts. It is not the first time after 9/11 that U.S. authorities have expressed concerns about possible terrorist attacks timed to coincide with significant dates like the 4th of July.  In 2011, a senior U.S. official told reporters, “We have received credible…

  • Commentary posted June 29, 2015 by David Inserra Turning the tide on terrorism

    Most of us are familiar with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, thanks to media coverage of the Boston bombing case. But very few have heard of Munther Omar Selah. There's a good reason for that, though. Both shared a desire to commit acts of terrorism, but Selah's plans, unlike Tsarnev's, were disrupted before they could be carried out. He and two co-conspirators considered numerous…

  • Issue Brief posted June 25, 2015 by David Inserra Terrorist Plot No. 71: Rise in Terrorism Calls for Increased Vigilance

    On Monday, the FBI charged Justin Sullivan with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group as well as two weapons charges. Sullivan was planning to attack a public venue, such as a bar or a concert, with a rifle in support of the Islamic State (ISIS). This is the 71st Islamist terrorist plot or attack against the U.S. homeland since 9/11 according to…

  • Issue Brief posted June 22, 2015 by David Inserra Islamist Terror Plot No. 70: Congress Needs to Take Terror Threat Much More Seriously

    On June 13, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New York City arrested Munther Omar Saleh and charged him with providing material support to the Islamic State (ISIS). Saleh and two co-conspirators were conducting reconnaissance on various landmarks around New York, had downloaded and studied plans for building a bomb, and told a confidential source that they…

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  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted November 7, 2005 by Tim Kane, Ph.D. Who Bears the Burden? Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Military Recruits Before and After 9/11

    A few Members of Congress, motivated by American combat in the Middle East, have called for the reinstatement of a compulsory military draft. The case for coercing young citizens to join the military is supposedly based on social jus­tice?that all should serve?and seems to be but­tressed by reports of shortfalls in voluntary enlistment. In a New York Times op-ed…

  • White Paper posted January 27, 2010 by Mackenzie Eaglen The State of the U.S. Military

    Overview The U.S. government’s primary job is to provide for the common defense. The most important element to protecting vital national interests is the U.S. military, which reinforces America’s diplomatic initiatives, acts to deter threats, and, when necessary, fights and wins the nation’s wars. Two primary components determine a strong military: the quality…

  • Lecture posted May 5, 2004 by The Honorable Frank J. Williams Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties in Wartime

    This month, several individuals detained as "enemy combatants" will make their appeals for freedom to the highest court in the land. Perhaps now, more than any other time in recent memory, the eyes of the world are intensely focused on the United States Supreme Court. In making their decisions, they must walk a fine line between protecting the civil liberties we all…

  • Issue Brief posted June 7, 2012 by Luke Coffey Removing Brigade Combat Teams from Europe Undermines U.S. Interests

    Recently, the House of Representatives passed an amendment that calls for the removal of all four U.S. Army Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) currently based in Europe. The sponsors of the amendment, Representatives Mike Coffman (R–CO) and Jared Polis (D–CO), argue that the U.S. should not be subsidizing the defense of its European partners at a time when many European nations…

  • WebMemo posted July 21, 2011 by Mackenzie Eaglen Slashing Defense Makes America Less Safe While Allowing Politicians to Kick the Can down the Road on Entitlement Reform

    Today, America is asking its military to do more than ever before. In the past 24 months alone, U.S. military forces have conducted their 10th year of combat operations in Afghanistan, wound down operations in Iraq, started a new no-fly zone in Libya, dramatically escalated counterterrorism operations in Yemen, maintained counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia…

  • Report on June 7, 2011 Defending Defense: Ten Questions on the Future of U.S. Defense Spending Priorities for Secretary of Defense Nominee Leon Panetta

    A joint project of American Enterprise Institute, Foreign Policy Initiative, and The Heritage Foundation Background The Obama administration has requested that Congress provide $553 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget in FY 2012—$13 billion less than what the administration had projected requesting a year earlier. …

  • Backgrounder posted June 19, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Taiwan's "Unsettled" International Status: Preserving U.S. Options in the Pacific

    Ma Ying-jeou, inaugurated as Taiwan's new president on May 20, 2008, has pledged to strengthen Taiwan's economic and political relationships with China. At the same time, he has good reason to preserve Taiwan's separate identity, and the U.S. has good reason to support him. Taiwan is one of the most dynamic democracies in Asia and one of America's top 10 trade partners.…

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  • Issue Brief posted June 7, 2012 by Luke Coffey Removing Brigade Combat Teams from Europe Undermines U.S. Interests

    Recently, the House of Representatives passed an amendment that calls for the removal of all four U.S. Army Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) currently based in Europe. The sponsors of the amendment, Representatives Mike Coffman (R–CO) and Jared Polis (D–CO), argue that the U.S. should not be subsidizing the defense of its European partners at a time when many European nations…

  • WebMemo posted July 21, 2011 by Mackenzie Eaglen Slashing Defense Makes America Less Safe While Allowing Politicians to Kick the Can down the Road on Entitlement Reform

    Today, America is asking its military to do more than ever before. In the past 24 months alone, U.S. military forces have conducted their 10th year of combat operations in Afghanistan, wound down operations in Iraq, started a new no-fly zone in Libya, dramatically escalated counterterrorism operations in Yemen, maintained counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia…

  • Report on June 7, 2011 Defending Defense: Ten Questions on the Future of U.S. Defense Spending Priorities for Secretary of Defense Nominee Leon Panetta

    A joint project of American Enterprise Institute, Foreign Policy Initiative, and The Heritage Foundation Background The Obama administration has requested that Congress provide $553 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget in FY 2012—$13 billion less than what the administration had projected requesting a year earlier. …

  • White Paper posted January 27, 2010 by Mackenzie Eaglen The State of the U.S. Military

    Overview The U.S. government’s primary job is to provide for the common defense. The most important element to protecting vital national interests is the U.S. military, which reinforces America’s diplomatic initiatives, acts to deter threats, and, when necessary, fights and wins the nation’s wars. Two primary components determine a strong military: the quality…

  • Backgrounder posted June 19, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Taiwan's "Unsettled" International Status: Preserving U.S. Options in the Pacific

    Ma Ying-jeou, inaugurated as Taiwan's new president on May 20, 2008, has pledged to strengthen Taiwan's economic and political relationships with China. At the same time, he has good reason to preserve Taiwan's separate identity, and the U.S. has good reason to support him. Taiwan is one of the most dynamic democracies in Asia and one of America's top 10 trade partners.…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted November 7, 2005 by Tim Kane, Ph.D. Who Bears the Burden? Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Military Recruits Before and After 9/11

    A few Members of Congress, motivated by American combat in the Middle East, have called for the reinstatement of a compulsory military draft. The case for coercing young citizens to join the military is supposedly based on social jus­tice?that all should serve?and seems to be but­tressed by reports of shortfalls in voluntary enlistment. In a New York Times op-ed…

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