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  • Commentary posted January 16, 2013 by Brian Slattery US Naval Fleet is Shrinking

    After long delays, Russia has deployed a new ballistic missile submarine, or nuclear submarine, for the first time in more than 20 years. This marks a significant step forward for its navy, which has pledged tens of billions of dollars to revitalize its fleet. The U.S. Navy, unfortunately, has had trouble both in revitalizing its subs as well as its overall naval…

  • Special Report posted May 2, 2011 by Vice Admiral J. D. Williams, USN (Ret.) Improving Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Command and Control

    Abstract: The Navy has worked hard to develop the command and control system for the Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) system. Initial emphasis by both the Missile Defense Agency and the Navy was on acquiring a reliable ballistic missile interceptor. Only recently has there been a focused effort to develop the command and control system to support the currently…

  • Issue Brief posted April 2, 2013 by Brian Slattery, Luke Coffey Strengthen the Coast Guard’s Presence in the Arctic

    The Arctic region is becoming increasingly important to U.S. national interests. Ice in the Arctic has reached the lowest level since records began in 1979, opening up new possibilities for maritime trade, tourism, and natural resource exploration. Consequently, more actors than ever before will be operating in the Arctic region. This reality will present both…

  • Backgrounder posted February 12, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman, Matt A. Mayer, Paul Rosenzweig, Brian Slattery The Second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: Setting Priorities for the Next Four Years

    In March, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will mark its 10th anniversary of existence. DHS was established to prevent terrorist attacks and to reduce the vulnerability of, and minimize the damage to, the U.S. in the case of attacks. Ten years later, the concept of homeland security has come to embody an "all hazards" approach, focusing not only on terror…

  • WebMemo posted May 11, 2010 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Massive Oil Spill Makes Case for Reversing Obama Coast Guard Cuts

    The President’s fiscal year 2011 budget request for the U.S. Coast Guard would further undermine a service already under strain. This budget proposal greatly exacerbates a trend begun after 9/11 of asking more and more from the Coast Guard without providing the resources to do the job. The recent disaster in the Gulf Coast, where a massive oil spill now threatens to…

  • Issue Brief posted August 15, 2012 by Luke Coffey Arctic Region: U.S. Policy on Arctic Security

    The Arctic region is home to some of the roughest terrain and harshest weather found anywhere in the world. Arctic ice is increasingly melting during the summer months, causing new challenges for the U.S. in terms of Arctic security. For example, the decreasing presence of ice will mean new shipping lanes opening, increased tourism, and further natural resource…

  • Backgrounder posted April 21, 2010 by Baker Spring, Mackenzie Eaglen Strengthen the Pentagon's Programs for Sea-Based Missile Defense

    Abstract: The Administration's new "phased adaptive approach" for missile defense in Europe and the Pentagon's wider sea-based Aegis BMD program have the potential to provide robust missile defense coverage and to operate from advantageous locations at sea. In support of these efforts, Congress needs to ensure that the Aegis BMD program is adequately…

  • Backgrounder posted August 4, 2016 by John Venable Operational Assessment of the F-35A Argues for Full Program Procurement and Concurrent Development Process

    This paper will discuss benchmarks for classic fighter technology, maneuverability, stealth, and tactics. It will examine the F-35’s faculties and compare them with the technology, performance, and cost of the generation of multirole fighters[1] that precedes it. That examination will reinforce the jet’s faculties for the air-to-ground missions of all three F-35 variants:…

  • Backgrounder posted June 14, 2011 by Bruce Klingner Top 10 Reasons Why the U.S. Marines on Okinawa Are Essential to Peace and Security in the Pacific

    Abstract: Two factors have driven the debate over the planned U.S. military realignment in Japan: campaign pledges made by the Democratic Party of Japan and complaints from Okinawans about the presence of the U.S. military. These factors have had a particularly strong impact on efforts to preserve the Marine Corps Air Station on Okinawa. However, other critical…

  • Issue Brief posted May 15, 2012 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., Baker Spring Congress Should Invest in Seapower over Bureaucracy

    The U.S. House of Representatives showed strong support for national security when it voted through a reconciliation process to override the sequestration cuts scheduled for defense in January 2013. By following the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) lead in raising the top-line budget for defense over the President’s fiscal year 2013 request, Congress can sustain…

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