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All too often, the White House has contented itself to proclaim that wars are over when they’re not, or enemies are defeated when they are reconstituting before our eyes.

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U.S. Soldiers listen during a rifle marksmanship class prior to the inaugural Army Reserve Small Arms Championship at Camp Robinson, Ark., Sept. 22, 2014. Approximately 70 Soldiers, comprising 14 teams, came from all over the country to compete. Department of Defense (Flickr)

The first, and I believe foremost, job of the federal government is to defend the country
and our people. And Congress has a unique and irreplaceable role in carrying out that duty.

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U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Lockett, left, and Staff Sgt. Jose Ramirez, right, watch Spc. Richard Rodriguez shoot an AT4 anti-tank weapon in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2014. The Soldiers were with 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)

Ahead of the State of the Union address, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) lays out his agenda for the House Armed Services Committee in the 114th Congress.

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry presents his agenda for the committee in the 114th Congress and sits down with former Senator Jim Talent to discuss the proper role of Congress in national security policymaking and the need for a strong US military.

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Ahead of the State of the Union address, Senator Jim Talent (R-MO) and Rep. Mac Thornberry will discuss the proper role of Congress in national security policymaking, the need for a strong US military, and the importance of a reformed defense process that quickly and agilely meets the needs of America’s troops.

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We are in a war now with Islamic terrorism, and it’s sometimes hard to tell whether Americans are willing to acknowledge the sacrifices we’ll need to make.

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Bret Stephens’s new book, America in Retreat, deftly reminds readers of the facts of international life and the vital role America plays in ensuring global stability.

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There is an apparent battle for top leadership in global jihad between AQAP and ISIS. Is AQAP on top?

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Why we like Ike

On foreign policy and defense, Eisenhower was a very active, precise, and hard-driving chief executive.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Linwood Harrison, a ceremonial guardsman with the honor guard, stands at parade rest before the 314th Airlift Wing change of command ceremony July 31, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Col. James Dryjanski assumed command of the wing during the event. Department of Defense | Flickr

As the 114th Congress kicks off, the new Republican majority has an important opportunity to prove it is serious about national security.

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President Obama is determined to close Guantanamo Bay by the time he leaves office but Congress made it virtually impossible to move any detainees to prisons on American soil. With increasing cases of terrorists getting radicalized in prison there is big fear that Guantanamo detainees can return to the fight.

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