Jack Spencer

Jack Spencer is a policy analyst at the Davis Institute for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation (www.heritage.org).

Defending Defense: Budgeting for an Unpredictable Future

With President George W. Bush's $401.7 billion defense budget under consideration, some Members of Congress are entertaining the idea of cutting defense--at least modestly--to help reign in ballooning federal spending. However, cutting defense spending now is both...

No Evidence of WMDs Required

It would have been convenient for the sake of the so-called "Bush Doctrine" for David Kay and his team of American inspectors - or Hans Blix and his team from the United Nations - to have found evidence of an active weapons of mass destruction program in Iraq.It would...

America’s Military Must Focus on Vital Missions

Even as West African peacekeeping forces began landing in Liberia, the calls for American troops continued. "You Americans alone are the only people who can help us," a fighter with the Liberian president's anti-terrorism unit told The Washington Post. Yet the fact...

Why U.S. Troops Should Not Be Sent to Liberia

President Bush should not commit any United States troops to an international peacekeeping force in Liberia. At some point in the future an international peacekeeping force could help stabilize Liberia. However, refusing United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's...

Will Saddam Use Chemical Weapons?

There is little debate as to whether Saddam Hussein has chemical weapons. This was underscored when coalition forces recently discovered 3,000 chemical suits in a Nasiriyah hospital. The real question is whether or not Saddam will use these weapons of horror. As...

Putting the War Effort on Defense

Congress has no problem shelling out $6.5 billion for mass-transit systems that fewer and fewer Americans use each year. It manages to fully fund Medicare, despite $23 billion in waste and fraud each year. It pays farmers -- mostly mega-corporations, actually -- $1.3...

Burying the ABM Treaty: What’s the Rush?

President Bush had barely finished announcing his intention to withdraw the United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty when the cry went up among missile-defense foes: Why now? After all, they said, it's not as if we're about to deploy a missile shield...

A Kindler, Gentler…Less-Fit Military

Walk, don't run. That's an order for the service men and women of U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Miami. Their weekly fitness runs were terminated this past August when a female officer claimed they were "demeaning." According to media reports, the officer...

Psst! Liberals, the ABM Treaty is Dead

A funny thing is happening in the debate over a missile defense. The president is getting more cooperation from Russia than from liberals in Congress. Indeed, a number of nations that for years pleaded with the United States to retain the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM)...

Missile Defense Critics Go Ballistic

Talk about quick. It would take more time for a missile to get here from North Korea than it took critics to fire off the same tired arguments against missile defense following President Bush's recent speech at the National Defense University. What those arguments...

Military Modernization: Making America Safe for the 21st Century

President-elect George W. Bush hasn't been sworn in yet, but he's already made a decision pivotal to the success of his administration: selecting Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense. For those who care about America's ability to defend itself, it's a wise choice...

 

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