No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.
With our armed forces undergoing transformation (more than a million service members will transition off active duty over the next five years) one fact remains constant -- healthy families make for healthy, and satisfied, service members.
Last Thursday, despite being in violation of a plethora of its own regulations, the Department of Defense allowed a whole bunch of uniformed military personnel to participate in Shirley Dobson's National Day of Prayer Task Force event on Capitol Hill.
Often lost in the debate over surveillance and the actions of the National Security Agency is that cyber space is a potential battlefield where countr...
On February 26, General John F. Kelly, Commander of the United States Southern Command, presented Southcom's annual "Posture Statement" to the House Armed Services Committee. The Posture Statement surveys threats and concerns in the command's Area of Operations, in this case, Latin America and the Caribbean.
If you feel like you are paying too much this year to Uncle Sam, remember. The issue isn't what you are paying, but what those taxes buy you. And until we are willing to tame the $700 billion budgetary gorilla, you won't ever get much value for your hard-earned money.
I know it does not bode well that at 24 I am this jaded about the political process. I have had enough of politicians not listening to me and the rest of us while they continue to act as they please.
Paul Ryan has issued a new proposal to cut the budget even further, to the point where most unemployment programs will be half the size that they were during the Reagan administration. This is a cruel, counterproductive path we are on, and that is not a statement of mere opinion.
With news that another shooting tragedy has hit Ft. Hood, my heart is breaking for the families of those who were wounded and killed by a gunman who is said to have purchased a gun, off-base, brought it on to the base, and unleashed carnage. While many details are still unknown, it is too early to talk about what may have triggered this incident and what, specifically, could have stopped it. But even when we do know all the details, until civilian law matches military law on guns, we unfortunately must brace ourselves for the possibility of more of these tragedies.
I am concerned not only for the safety of our diplomatic corps, but also from the growing perception that they are not a priority concern. Right now we are busily chopping the Pentagon's budget, which in my view is long overdue, but at the same time we need to beef up our diplomatic budget.
Many recent indicators point to a U.S. national security bureaucracy running roughshod over the sad remnants of the founder's republican vision. As in the Roman world, empire is gradually snuffing out the republic.
Must whales and dolphins be subjected to deafening noise that will cause more than 3.5 million instances of temporary and/or permanent hearing loss?
Can we actually build a world that isn't run by its shadow interests? And what is this going to take? Can good will and big principles stand up to Wall Street and the Washington consensus?
Two decades since the end of the Cold War and more than a dozen years since September 11th, our outdated nuclear weapons policy is an anchor dragging down our military -- wasting money on yesterday's Cold War threats while ignoring today's 21st century security needs.
In addition to the necessity in having a daunting military to dissuade our enemies from potential attacks, there is a net economical benefit to the country in having a strong and well-funded military.
I can't remember the day I learned that transgender people were still banned from serving in the United States military. But I do know I met that fact with shock. How shortsighted of me to not consider them in our work. Why had I not known this before?