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  • Commentary posted July 11, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The Truth About the America First Movement

    Only days after America’s entry into World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill offered his new American allies some advice. “War is a constant struggle and must be waged day to day,” Churchill counseled. “It is only with some difficulty and within limits that provisions for the future can be made.” It was an axiom that Charles A. Lindbergh, the famed-aviator…

  • Commentary posted July 6, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Meet the Inspiring Soldiers of Veteran Nation

    We knew when we decided to make our award-winning documentary on the past, present, and future of how the nation treats its veterans, well, we knew it would have to include—well veterans.  We had no idea what an incredible group of inspiring men and women would step forward to tell their stories. Just introducing the soldiers, airman, and Marines that helped bring…

  • Commentary posted July 1, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. After Orlando: How to Confront the New Face of Terror

    Even before Orlando, there was a case to be made for another 9/11 Commission. A particular reason for that recommendation is that America no longer faces the terrorists of 9/11. There was plenty of evidence to suggest the face of the global Islamist insurgency had come to look very different from what confronted the world over a decade ago. The list is long—from ISIS…

  • Commentary posted June 28, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Next President Shouldn't Be a Mad Scientist

    The next president should take a dramatic step to show that science is truly important to policy-making and good governance. The best way to do that? Abolish the White House Office of Science and Technology. How science gets done in America has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, and 21st-century presidents ought to restructure the executive office of the White…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Sanctions Won't Bring Kim to Heel

    How do you solve a problem like Kim Jong Un? The solutions proposed thus far on the campaign trail are less than promising. For example, both Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, and Republican hopeful Donald Trump have suggested outsourcing the challenge of dealing with North Korea to China. That’s magical thinking. The notion that Beijing…

  • Commentary posted June 16, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. After Orlando, Obama Drops Most Partisan Speech Ever

    Tuesday, our president came to us live from the Treasury Department. Allegedly, the purpose was to update Americans on the horrific Islamist terrorist attack at an LGBT club in Florida, as well as offer an update in the war against ISIS. But Obama reserved the second half of the speech for a vicious partisan diatribe. It would be as if FDR, partway through his “Day of…

  • Backgrounder posted June 13, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Jack Spencer, Bridget Mudd, Katie Tubb Science Policy: Priorities and Reforms for the 45th President

    Federal involvement in science and technology is far-reaching, spanning all three branches of government. It has developed over decades from wartime objectives, layers of legislation, diverse presidential Administrations, and growing regulation. Federal participation in science and technology has aided the nation in meeting national security needs and exploring the…

  • Commentary posted May 11, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. America Abroad: President Travels Far and Wide but Gets Nowhere

    President Barack Obama has put more than a few miles on the Air Force One odometer. But travel is no guarantee of foreign policy success. Indeed, Obama is winging his way toward one of the worst foreign policy records compiled by a U.S. president. Undaunted, Obama has charted an ambitious international itinerary for his last year in office. So far, he has jetted to Asia,…

  • Commentary posted April 26, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Bridget Mudd How Private Charity Can Help National Security

    Americans have big hearts. They give more than $360 billion every year to good causes. Yet very little of that goes to keeping themselves, their families, communities or country safe from our nation’s enemies. Most Americans figure that defense is the government’s job. And if Washington is not up to the task, well, they don’t imagine that donations can do much to match…

  • Commentary posted March 29, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. US Must Take the Lead in Addressing Mideast Genocide

    Oppression, persecution, even genocide — such is the heartbreaking experience of minority communities in the greater Middle East. Rather than seize the moral high ground, the Obama administration has, for the most part, simply milled about at the bottom of the hill, a bystander to injustice. Of course, America is not the world’s conscience. Nor is it responsible for…

  • Backgrounder posted March 28, 2016 by Justin T. Johnson, Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Dean Cheng, Luke Coffey, Lisa Curtis, Michaela Dodge, David Inserra, Bruce Klingner, Walter Lohman, James Phillips, Ana Quintana, Bryan Riley, Brian Slattery, Charles "Cully" Stimson, Dakota Wood, Rachel Zissimos The 2017 NDAA Should Begin Rebuilding America’s Military

    The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual bill that sets policies and budgets for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). This bill and the defense appropriations bill are Congress’s two annual major pieces of defense legislation. With the release of the Obama Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request, Congress has begun working on the NDAA.…

  • Commentary posted March 24, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Failure to Denounce Religious Genocide Borders on Atrocious

    Oppression, persecution, even genocide - such is the heartbreaking experience of minority communities in the greater Middle East. Rather than seize the moral high ground, the Obama administration has, for the most part, simply milled about at the bottom of the hill, a bystander to injustice. Of course, America is not the world's conscience. Nor is it responsible for…

  • Commentary posted March 24, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Brussels Wake-Up Call: The Global Terror Threat Is Growing. Let's Get Going

    Imagine if, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, FDR had taken to the radio and declared everything was under control. The Nov. 13 terrorist attack on Paris, paired with today’s attacks in Brussels, is the European equivalent of back-to-back Pearl Harbors. Yet, the U.S. administration sits as sanguine as ever, arguing it has everything in hand. The U.S. ought to pay a lot…

  • Commentary posted March 24, 2016 by Jim DeMint, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. 33 Years and 33 Minutes: Why Missile Defense Is More Necessary Than Ever

    Wednesday marks the 33rd anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s historic “Star Wars” speech, in which he introduced the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) to the American people. The intent was to protect the U.S. from nuclear attack. Today, when a ballistic missile fired from anywhere in the world can reach the United States within 33 minutes, Reagan’s bold vision for a…

  • News Releases posted March 22, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Heritage Statement on Brussels Terror Attacks

    "The global Islamist insurgency is thriving and constantly adapting. Our anti-terrorism efforts must evolve as well.   The face of ISIS and related extremist groups looks different in various parts of the world.  Europe is threaded with an extremist network far greater than what we have seen in the U.S.   Still, the White House needs to wage the war on terrorism…