Columns

Making headway with America’s maritime industry

Mar 26, 2014 Issues: Economy

Those searching for signs of hope in the U.S. economy need look no further than an industry too often taken for granted — the American maritime industry. In the midst of a renaissance that is creating jobs and leading an American economic recovery,...

It’s Time to Award More Medals of Honor for Iraq Vets

Mar 19, 2014 Issues: National Security, Veterans

Eleven years ago this week, America’s military began the assault on Saddam Hussein’s forces in Iraq.  A coalition led by the United States outmaneuvered and overwhelmed the Iraqi army, breaching the gates of Baghdad in just twenty-one days.  The...

Congress Must Be Willing to Do More With Less Defense Spending

Mar 4, 2014 Issues: National Security

When it comes to the Defense Department budget, the benefits of a strong national defense aren’t always visible or the product of any one weapons program or strategic initiative. While it’s true that no other country in the world matches the United...

With or without Medal of Honor, Peralta still a hero

Feb 28, 2014 Issues: National Security

Unfortunate news was delivered to me last week from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel himself. Following an exhaustive review on the case of Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, Secretary Hagel decided that Peralta’s Navy Cross will not be upgraded to...

Budget deal needs real Pentagon reforms

Feb 4, 2014 Issues: Budget

Imagine a combat infantryman with 25 years of military service, through times of war and peace. Now retired, this veteran struggles with back pain and arthritis, warranting a disability rating and modest compensation for decades of grueling service...

Looking for leadership in the State of the Union

Jan 27, 2014

When President Obama stands before a joint session of Congress for his State of the Union Address, millions of Americans — including myself — will be watching with interest and curiosity.   Will the president acknowledge the miscalculations and...

Cutting the Defense Budget While Protecting Pay and Benefits for Currently Serving Troops

Dec 10, 2013 Issues: National Security, Veterans

Depending on who is doing the talking, the national defense budget is either too big or not large enough.  Both sides have fair points, but what seems to be dangerously lacking from the two perspectives is a true sense of budget realities. To those...

Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran

Dec 7, 2013 Issues: National Security

When dealing with Iran, it’s an odd thing when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to show more concern about U.S. global security than President Obama and his foreign policy team. Perhaps it’s the advantage of experience and perspective...

Iran deal's details are cause for alarm: Opposing view

Nov 24, 2013 Issues: National Security

The race to halt a nuclear ambitious Iran is eerily reminiscent of America's sprint more than two decades ago to halt North Korea's development of nuclear weapons, and Iran constitutes an even greater threat to the world. Since then, the...

Integrity of process endured

Oct 19, 2013 Issues: Budget

Now that the government shutdown is over, analysis of who was right and who was wrong, who won and who lost is sure to continue for weeks. Consider most of it background noise. Although the politics of the shutdown are enticing, it’s more important...

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