James Mattis Is Not America’s ‘Indispensable Man’

“Much as Mattis’s outlook will be missed — and he should be treated with respect — a president deserves a secretary of defense who actually believes in his agenda, not someone who will resist it.”

The Cost of National Defense Is a National Threat

“One of the biggest hurdles to properly defending the country in today’s complex threat environment is the fact that the costs are too damn high. Lower those costs through free market reforms — by allowing for real competition within the DoD’s procurement process — and you’ll make things like space defense a reality in a short time.”

America Needs a New National Security Act

“Fact is, since the original National Security Act of 1947 was passed, the world—and the requirements for national security—have changed immeasurably. Meanwhile, our most important institutions for national defense have only gotten larger (but not necessarily better at defending the country). They’ve become pigs—led by bureaucratic sheep—in a world of wolves. And pigs get slaughtered.”

America’s Broken Defense Budget

The House of Representatives have passed the National Defense Authorization Act up to the Senate. It represents one of the most wasteful budgets in history. I explain why our defense budget is broken and what we must do to repair it before it’s too late.

Why the Deputy Secretary of Defense Matters: The Case for Robert O. Work

In my most recent piece over at American Greatness, I make the case that current Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work should remain in place for at least the first 3-6 months of the incoming Trump Administration (possibly even longer than that, given his unique talents and abilities).

How to Budget for Hard Power In the Age of Restraint

In an increasingly dangerous and fragmented world, the U.S. will need to deter its foes and reassure its friends. However, current economic conditions make such a policy dubious at best. Therefore, this article will discuss how key defense budget reforms will allow for the proper allocation of funds to support the deterrence and reassurance strategy.