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Secretary of the Army John McHugh (L) and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno testify before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on "The FY2016 National Defense Authorization Budget Request" alongside Joint Chiefs of Staff on Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2015. Reuters

Secretary of the Army John McHugh and AEI’s Mackenzie Eaglen discuss the challenges facing the US Army.

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The bomb turns 70, and the world faces a new nuclear future.

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A color guard detail stands in front of a C-5M Super Galaxy in preparation for a retirement ceremony June 1, 2015, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. United States Air Force  Flickr

The US Air Force carries out numerous missions critical to daily life in America as we know it.

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US Air Force F-22 Raptors fly in formation during a training mission, Dec. 6, 2009. US Air Force | Flickr

The Air Force needs anywhere from 375 to 450 F-22s to sustain the kinds of global patrolling required for a serious deterrent posture, many more than the current 185 plane inventory.

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An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) follows behind during a show of force transit. 08/11/15 US Navy | Flickr

Fact checkers provide a useful service to the public, and they are right to look below the surface of issues. But in this case they are wrong; the Navy is too small, and historical comparisons are a legitimate way to show it.

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British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (2nd R), US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (L) talk to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as the wait for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (not pictured) for a group picture at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015.

When Congress returns to Washington in September, it faces one of its most critical decisions in recent years: whether to reject the Vienna nuclear deal and ostensibly stop President Obama from waiving economic sanctions against Iran.

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The Visegrad countries need to spend more and more smartly on defense.

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An M1A1 tank, with Soldiers from the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, was part of the Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Aug. 5-6, 2015, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif. www.Army.mil

In front of outgoing Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno at Fort Irwin, the US Army conducted a Joint Forcible Entry exercise, in effect announcing its return as a deterrent force against American adversaries.

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President Barack Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Colin Kahl, National Security Advisor to the Vice President, and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice outside the West Wing of the White House, July 15, 2015. WhiteHouse.gov

Iran’s march toward deliverable nuclear weapons and ISIS’ march toward a global caliphate must be at the center of 2016’s presidential debates. No bromides can conceal the extent of the threat or the consequences of failure.

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The global nuclear balance is growing more complex, forcing the United States to reevaluate its approach to nuclear deterrence.

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Congress and Republican presidential candidates should insist that broader, potentially deadly implications of the Vienna nuclear deal with Iran be subjected to strict scrutiny and wide-ranging debate.

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