What the House Gets Right on Defense Spending

In Politico Magazine, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses the House Budget Committee's decision on military spending for 2016:

"Buying into the House approach is a lousy way of doing business, because it leaves us with an overly complex Tax Code, unsustainable entitlements and inadequate domestic investments. In a time of international turbulence and crisis, let’s not compound the problem by dragging the nation’s armed forces down too."

   

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Choose Your Own Nuke Deal Adventure

In Foregin Policy, AHS speaker Kori Schake analyzes the impact of seven potential scenarios in the nuclear deal with Iran:

"Obama has repeatedly insisted that an Iranian nuclear weapon is “unacceptable,” and that containment is not enough. Yet he has also ruled out attacking its facilities. The White House is pinched between arguing both for sanctions, and against military action — that basically there is no alternative to whatever deal they strike."

 

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When Elephants Fly: A Good Idea on Defense Spending

On the Brookings Institution website, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses why the enduring strength of the U.S. military is an important pillar of stability and deterrence:

"All of these problems need to be fixed. But realistically, they are not likely to be addressed between now and our nation’s next election. So in a time of international turbulence and crisis, let’s not compound the problem by dragging the nation’s armed forces down too."

   

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Unleashed: America Must Pummel ISIS

In the National Interest, AHS speaker Colin Dueck discusses why, despite Obama's reluctance, the American people agree that ISIS must be destroyed:

"The rise of ISIS, together with its demonstrated brutality, have triggered a sea-change in American popular attitudes, at least on this particular issue. A two-to-one majority of U.S. public opinion today supports not only the use of force, but the use of American ground troops against the Islamic State. The majorities supporting U.S. airstrikes are even more overwhelming."

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AWOL on the Defense Budget

In the Weekly Standard, AHS speaker Gary Schmitt explains why budget resolutions are both the most meaningless and meaningful forms of legislation:

"The federal government’s finances are still a mess, to be sure. The economy’s recovery has been anemic. But there are more present dangers, and our ability to defend ourselves from them is eroding. As the world burns, the House and Senate leadership have responded by tugging their green eyeshade ever tighter and affirming the rules of sound accountancy rather than the principles of American leadership."

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A Moment of Truth for the People’s Liberation Army

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Dan Blumenthal discusses China's deteriorating security environment and stagnating economy:

"The easy days are over. Resources are shrinking. The situation is Xinjiang is getting worse. For the first time since the Cold War, the PLA faces a real set of tough strategic and investment trade-offs and challenges to its weapons program development." 

   

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Conventional and Nuclear Weapons in Future U.S. Security Strategy

On the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy website, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby discusses the shrinking gap between U.S. and Chinese military capabilities requires careful attention to mitigate the potential risks of security instability. 

   

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