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Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) sits down with former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) to discuss the security challenge China’s military modernization and expansion pose to the United States and its allies.

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus discusses the future of the Navy and Marine Corps with AEI’s Mackenzie Eaglen.

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As we look for savings across the entire federal budget, it is critical that we recognize intelligence as a force multiplier, meaning that a relatively smaller investment in intelligence can help compensate for larger cuts elsewhere.

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The American military’s job is to deter, and when that fails, to defeat an enemy, plain and simple. It can create the conditions for change, but it is not the one stop shop where we go to make the world a better place.

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Divisions between policy makers created by the 2011 Budget Control Act risk sacrificing invaluable resources to US national security, primarily the Air Force A-10.

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One year Band-Aids on defense spending won’t give the military what it needs.

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The Navy should not fund its nuclear ballistic missile submarines through a special account. Sequestration is threatening the whole nuclear triad, and robbing the Air Force to ensure the Navy’s nuclear modernization hampers the well-designed spending parity between military departments.

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President Barack Obama meets with Saudi Arabia's King Salman (R) at Erga Palace in Riyadh, January 27, 2015. Reuters

The events of recent months are an indication of how spectacularly Obama has failed to fulfill his 2008 promise to restore the world’s faith in American leadership and renew America’s alliances.

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The time has come for American political and military leaders alike to take a hard look at the way the United States counters threats outside of traditional wartime environments.

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Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) poses for members of the media with foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council as they meet to discuss Middle East concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, at the Chief of Mission Residence in Paris, France, May 8, 2015.  Reuters

President Obama this week hosts six key Arab leaders at the White House and Camp David. The predominant topic will be Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters following the weekly policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 5, 2015.  Reuters

Congressional Republicans need to set their policy priorities and understand that crafting a budget compromise with the president that begins to restore the defense budget is more important than immediately shrinking the deficit.

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President Obama (L) greets Marine Corps' Commandant Joseph Dunford after nominating Dunford to be the next Joint Chiefs chairman, during an event in the White House Rose Garden in Washington May 5, 2015.  Reuters

Gen. Joseph Dunford doesn’t fit the profile of an “Obama General,” but he may be the right man for the job. However, if, like Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, he appears to be an Obama echo chamber rather than an independent-minded professional, his chairmanship will be dead on arrival.

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