Layers of Defense

Layers of Defense

As discussed in the previous issue, a confluence of factors raises the prospect that the United States could be targeted by a terrorist group employing and/or threatening the use of portable nuclear devices, radiological bombs or other WMDs. In response to this threat, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) notes that Washington has tried to develop a layered defense. These layers …

Pentagon: No Decision on US Troop Numbers in Afghanistan

Pentagon: No Decision on US Troop Numbers in Afghanistan

The Pentagon said Friday that the defense secretary has not yet decided how many U.S. troops to commit to the fight in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary James Mattis “has made no decisions on a troop increase for Afghanistan,” wrote Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. “As he said throughout the week in testimony, the revised Afghanistan strategy will be presented to the president …

Congress considering Capitol Police request for 72 more officers

Congress considering Capitol Police request for 72 more officers

Amid increased concern about lawmakers’ safety in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting, Congress is considering a request from the U.S. Capitol Police to boost its budget by about $33 million to hire 72 more officers and ramp up security at congressional buildings and parking garages. Police Chief Matthew Verderosa warned House members last month that there are not enough officers …

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald

U.S. Navy destroyer, Philippines merchant vessel collide off Japan

The U.S. Navy said on Friday one of its destroyers collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, in the dead of night and the Japanese Coast Guard reported seven U.S. crew members were missing. The Japanese coast guard also said the U.S. ship was experiencing some flooding but was not in danger of sinking, while the merchant …

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a document he signed after announcing his Cuba policy at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami

Trump rolls back parts of what he calls ‘terrible’ Obama Cuba policy

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on U.S. business dealings with the Caribbean island’s military, saying he was canceling former President Barack Obama’s “terrible and misguided deal” with Havana. Laying out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami, Trump signed a presidential directive rolling back parts of Obama’s …

Encouraging American Energy Independence

Encouraging American Energy Independence 06/15/2017 09:37 am ET Again and again, it has been said that our nation is in the midst of a boom in energy exploration that has put tens of thousands of Americans back to work while reducing our dependence on unreliable and even hostile sources abroad for our energy needs. The revival is playing out across …