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Senator Kelly Ayotte, former Senator Jon Kyl, and defense industry representatives discuss the current state of missile defenses and what’s next in the effort to defend the American homeland against a growing missile threat.

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U.S. Sailors with Detachment 5, Carrier Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 chock and chain a C-2A Greyhound aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Celebes Sea Oct. 14, 2014.
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Come January, we’ll see whether GOP defense hawks are strong enough  to ride their election wave and restore American military strength.

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If Iraq and Syria didn’t exist, it would be hard to see what other arrangements would be an improvement.

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There is an emerging bipartisan consensus that Congress must overturn the entire Budget Control Act and not just sequestration. In the near term, the president and the military have outlined priorities on which Congress can take immediate action.

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U.S. Airmen with the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron work together to assemble a ground multiband terminal during Vigilant Shield 15 at the Royal Canadian Air Force 5 Wing at Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador province, Canada, Oct. 15, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense.

As growing crises abroad build momentum for reversing America’s latest builddown, there is a real risk policymakers will spend any new money on the wrong priorities.

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After a sweeping victory in the midterm elections by the Republican Party, the 114th Congress is set to challenge the president on a number of key foreign and defense policy issues in the coming year.

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The fall of the Berlin Wall showed that a policy of American strength ultimately prevailed. In recent years, we have pursued a policy of indifference and withdrawal in the face of threats in the Middle East and other regions. As long as America steps back from the conflict, our adversaries will conclude that they have an open path.

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US national security was one of the determining issues in 2014′s Senate and House elections. In 2016, of course, the presidential election will be front and center, but control of Congress will again be at stake.

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The new Congress should recognize that tiered readiness is here now, and it will be their job to fix it.

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Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao talks with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden after a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, December 4, 2013.

Until Washington admits it is engaged in a strategic competition with Beijing, the pivot to Asia likely will not have sufficient political backing to be carried out as needed.

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There will be no shortage of pressing national security issues to address when Washington returns to business.

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