Congress/Legislation
March 28, 2013

The Center for Military Readiness has prepared a brief but comprehensive analysis of issues raised when the Obama Administration set in motion a determined, incremental plan to unilaterally abolish military women's exemption from direct ground battalions.

This CMR Policy Analysis explains why the only way to show true respect and support for both women and men in our military, and to preserve tough training standards and sound policy regarding Selective Service, is to codify women's long-standing direct ground combat exemptions: 

Defense Department Drive to Force Women Into Direct Ground Combat: Why Congress Must Intervene

Congress should exercise its constitutional authority over military policy by establishing . . . Read More

January 7, 2013
When President Barack Obama first suggested that Chuck Hagel might be his choice for Secretary of Defense, some gay activists pledged to oppose the former senator because he is not sufficiently supportive of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) causes.  This gratuitous slap at President Obama, who indulges the same critics with LGBT Equality Month celebrations at the White House every June, should not be taken seriously. ... Read More

September 6, 2012

"Peace Through Strength" vs. Obama World View

National political platforms are important for the insight they provide into the character of party leaders who write and approve them.  In both substance and process, differences between the Republican and Democratic National Committee Platforms are consequential and relevant to voters considering the likely direction of the next administration and the 113th Congress.

In Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina, both political parties approved platforms that differ on  . . . Read More

September 5, 2012

Strengthening the All-Volunteer Force

The 2012 Republican National Platform, titled We Believe in America, includes this affirmation: "We are the party of peace through strength."  The unequivocal statement is supported by a comprehensive platform section "American Exceptionalism," which clearly signals a positive turn toward national security as the highest priority in a future Romney/Ryan Administration.  The following excerpts from that section, which address military/social issues,  . . . Read More

May 15, 2012

Strong Support for Palazzo, Akin, and Huelskamp Amendments

On May 9, 2012, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would reaffirm the traditional definition of marriage and protect rights of conscience and religious freedom for military chaplains and service members.  . . . Read More

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