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  • Issue Brief posted December 2, 2016 by Riley Walters Cyber Attacks on U.S. Companies in 2016

    This Issue Brief is a continuation of a series of papers on cyber attacks against U.S. companies since 2014[1] and 2015.[2] While the means of cyber attacks vary, the pattern of targets has been relatively consistent. Large databases, as well as point-of-sale systems, continue to be targeted for financial gain. Hackers with possible ties to nation-states continue to…

  • News Releases on December 1, 2016 Heritage Foundation on Conference Version of 2017 National Defense Authorization Act

    The conference version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act reflects both positive steps forward and areas for improvement. On the positive side, it provides for a pay raise for service members of 2.1 percent, which will help our troops keep up with the rising cost of living. Additionally, it stops the reckless troop reductions for the active Army and Marine…

  • Issue Brief posted December 1, 2016 by Bruce Klingner South Korean Political Crisis Poses Challenge for Trump Administration

    South Korea is embroiled in a fast-moving political scandal that will lead to the removal of President Park Geun-hye and could well endanger critical national security policies and strain the alliance relationship with the United States. President Park’s political life hangs by a thread, and it is only a matter of time before she either resigns or is impeached. The…

  • News Releases on December 1, 2016 James Mattis Faces Challenge of Rebuilding Military and American Credibility

    President-elect Donald Trump today announced that he will nominate General James Mattis, USMC (Ret.) to be secretary of defense. "In a world that is increasingly dangerous and complex, we need a leader who understands the threats we face, and who is committed to rebuilding and strengthening our military to defeat them,” said Heritage President Jim DeMint. “Throughout his…

  • Issue Brief posted November 30, 2016 by Michaela Dodge The Trump Administration’s Nuclear Weapons Policy: First Steps

    Nuclear weapons continue to be essential for U.S. national security and will continue to play an irreplaceable role in deterring a large-scale attack against the U.S. homeland. Nuclear weapons in the hands of U.S. adversaries and potential adversaries are the only weapons that pose an existential threat to the nation. The Trump Administration will have a unique…

  • Backgrounder posted November 30, 2016 by Dean Cheng A U.S. Army Role in Countering China’s A2/AD Efforts: The Expeditionary Coastal Artillery Brigade

    It is a truism that the Asia–Pacific theater is an air and maritime theater. One need only look at a map to see the vast expanse of ocean that marks the region. The Pacific covers one-third of the Earth’s surface. But while air and naval forces undoubtedly play central roles in any regional defense calculations, ground forces are also essential. Air and naval forces need…

  • Legal Memorandum posted November 30, 2016 by Paul Larkin, John-Michael Seibler The Ongoing Lack of EPA Accountability for the Gold King Mine Spill: The EPA’s New “Responder” Theory

    One year ago, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees caused the discharge of approximately 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River surrounding the Gold King Mine in Colorado.[1] Shortly thereafter, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy publicly stated that the EPA took complete responsibility for the incident.[2] “Yet, nothing has happened” within the…

  • News Releases on November 29, 2016 Heritage Launches New Institute for Constitutional Government

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 29, 2016—The Heritage Foundation, a leading public policy research organization, today announced the formation of a new research department: the Institute for Constitutional Government. The new department has “a critical mission,” said Heritage President Jim DeMint, “to help stop—and begin to reverse—the current trend of concentrating more and more…

  • News Releases on November 29, 2016 Heritage on Nomination of Elaine Chao

    Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint released the following statement today on Pres.-elect Trump's nomination of Elaine Chao to be the next secretary of the Department of Transportation: “Elaine Chao has the experience to lead the Department of Transportation and the knowledge that American communities are the best pilots of their own future. We look forward to…

  • News Releases on November 23, 2016 Nikki Haley Will Fight for the American People at the UN

    President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he will nominate South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be his ambassador to the United Nations. “Governor Haley is an outstanding choice to represent our nation and defend our values on the world stage,” said former South Carolina senator and Heritage President Jim DeMint. “Nikki has proven time and again that she…

  • Backgrounder posted November 23, 2016 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller 2017 Index of Economic Freedom: Trade and Prosperity at Risk

    The latest rankings of trade freedom around the world, developed by The Heritage Foundation in the forthcoming 2017 Index of Economic Freedom,[1] once again demonstrate that citizens of countries that embrace trade freedom are better off than those in countries that do not. The data continue to show a strong correlation between trade freedom and a variety of positive…

  • Issue Brief posted November 23, 2016 by Alyene Senger, Edmund F. Haislmaier The ACA’s Risk Programs: Why Congress Needs to Prevent Insurer Bailouts

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) put in place three separate programs designed to mitigate some of the risks assumed by health insurers participating in the markets that are most significantly affected by the health care law. The three programs are reinsurance, risk corridors, and risk adjustment. As a result of the ACA’s inherent flaws and questionable actions taken by…

  • Backgrounder posted November 23, 2016 by Michael Sargent End of the Runway: Rethinking the Airport Improvement Program and the Federal Role in Airport Funding

    Airports are the backbone of America’s aviation system, serving almost 900 million domestic and international passengers in 2015—far more than those of any other country.[1] That number is expected to grow significantly: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) projects the total number of enplanements to grow to 1.2 billion by 2036.[2] The federal government has spent…

  • Issue Brief posted November 23, 2016 by Daren Bakst Three Key Reforms for Federal Water Policy

    For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have been overreaching when it comes to the implementation of the Clean Water Act (CWA). This statute, built on the idea of cooperation between the federal government and states,[1] has instead become a tool to expand federal power and reduce states’ ability to manage their…

  • News Releases posted November 23, 2016 by Marguerite Bowling Heritage on Nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

    On the announcement from President-elect Donald Trump that Betsy DeVos will be nominated for Secretary of the Department of Education, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint released the following: "Betsy DeVos has been a staunch supporter of more education choices for students and parents, and the school choice movement will have a champion in the Education…