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  • News Releases on December 8, 2016 The Heritage Foundation Honors Alumnus, Senator Tom Cotton

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 – On Dec. 6, The Heritage Foundation honored U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) with its first “The Distinguished Intern Alumni Award.” The award was presented at Heritage’s annual President’s Club Meeting in Washington, D.C. Cotton is the first person to receive the award, but one of thousands of former Heritage interns who have gone on to successful…

  • Special Report posted December 7, 2016 by James M. Roberts, Huma Sattar South Asia: Regional Integration and Greater Economic Freedom Will Boost Growth and Prosperity

    South Asia is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, with average gross domestic product (GDP) growth projected to be 7 percent in 2015 and well above 8 percent by 2020. India is the bright spot in the region, with 8 percent GDP growth projected by 2018, spurred by 12 percent growth in investment as the country continues to shift from consumption to…

  • Backgrounder posted December 7, 2016 by Olivia Enos Improving Information Access in North Korea

    Each year, thousands of refugees flee the oppressive North Korean regime. Today, nearly 30,000 such defectors live in South Korea.[1] Their stories attest to the important role that access to outside information plays in refugees’ decisions to seek freedom abroad. But getting information into North Korea is no easy feat. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s…

  • News Releases on December 7, 2016 Heritage President Reacts to Nomination of Scott Pruitt for EPA Post

    Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint released the following statement this evening upon media reports that Pres.-elect Trump will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):  “Over the past 8 years, Pres. Obama’s EPA has waged war on coal miners and energy producers across our country. It has implemented costly…

  • News Releases on December 6, 2016 Heritage Mourns the Loss of Ed Noble

    The Heritage Foundation today released this statement upon the death of Edward E. Noble: “Ed Noble was a man of exceptional foresight and generosity,” said Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. “One of our three founders, he was willing to invest in what then was just an idea—a research institute devoted to solving the nation’s great problems by advancing policies…

  • News Releases posted December 5, 2016 by Marguerite Bowling Heritage President Jim DeMint on Nomination of Dr. Ben Carson for HUD Secretary

    Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint released the following statement regarding the selection of Dr. Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development: “Dr. Ben Carson is a gifted man with a vision for changing the status quo in Washington and expanding opportunity for all. Federal antipoverty efforts need to help more Americans overcome dependency…

  • 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…