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Jimmy Carter’s Mixed Foreign Policy Legacy

February 28, 2023

Former President Jimmy Carter’s declining health has prompted widespread review of his one-term presidency. It was a decidedly mixed bag. Despite a conservative orientation in his cabinet, Carter pursued an accommodationist policy toward the Soviet Union, and only after the Russian invasion of Afghanistan did he begin to rebuild U.S. defense capabilities. Three momentous international events occurred […]

A Chinese Balloon Exposes a Massive Vulnerability

February 6, 2023

On February 2, a high-altitude Chinese balloon assumed to be loaded with sensitive surveillance gear traveled over Alaska, Canada, and the northern United States. It turns out to have been one of several over time – and the Pentagon watched it travel over Montana, home of one the US military’s land-based, nuclear-tipped Minuteman III missile fields. […]

How to Stop Key Electronics from Flowing to America’s Enemies

January 20, 2023

There is no doubt that American electronics lie at the heart of Russian and Iranian weapons, including drones Russia has used to great effect in Ukraine. Examination of downed and captured equipment shows that most of the critical electronics — various components, sensors, and even printed circuit boards — were acquired by networks operating in the […]