Rebeccah Heinrichs is a Senior Fellow at The Hudson Institute, Former Vice Chairman of the John Hay Initiative’s Counterproliferation Working Group and Former Adviser to Rep. Trent Franks.
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Catalyzing Consensus Around Global Commitments

An international consensus to meet contemporary challenges will develop primarily around defending against shared threats. If the United States is to turn this consensus into collaboration to strengthen security, it must stake out a clear vision of its primary threats and missions. As has become evident over the last few years, doing so will necessarily…

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Reject ‘No First Use’ Nuclear Policy

There is an activist effort among nuclear idealists to mobilize public opinion and urge elected officials to pledge to support a policy of “no first use” (NFU). Put simply, an American president who would adopt a policy of NFU would be declaring that the United States will never be the first country to use a nuclear…

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Learning the Right Lessons From Nagasaki

Seventy-five years ago today, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, three days after dropping one on Hiroshima. No nuclear weapon has been used by any nation in war since. The task now is to work to ensure no nation uses them in war again. Our past success should not lead us to…

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To Deter War with China, Defend Guam

This tiny but mighty western Pacific island U.S. territory—part of our homeland—six thousand miles from the coast of California, is indispensable to the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seeks to supplant the United States as the global preeminent power. In doing so, the communist regime would use various forms of coercion to force…

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Expand missile defenses during the pandemic, don’t cut them

Rogue states are taking advantage of the American preoccupation with the COVID-19 pandemic. North Korea may test another long-range missile according to the head of U.S. Northern Command, Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy. He warned Congress in March that the North Korean regime is still a serious threat and is improving its missile program. And last week, Iran’s Revolutionary…

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The PLA’s Exploitation of the Coronavirus Pandemic

In Davos in 2017, Xi Jinping painted a vision of a China-led globalist world. The Chinese Communist Party’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic gives us a taste of Chinese global leadership: it includes a breathtaking degree to which other nations, desperate for transparency and reciprocity in the form of detailed information and medical supplies, have…

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Five lies China is telling about coronavirus

In China’s latest efforts to hide the truth about COVID-19, the communist regime has issued explicit guidance to censor academic papers on the virus. By order of the government, research related to the origins of the virus must go all the way to the top, to the central government, before researchers are permitted to submit their work…

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Iranian Missiles and Americans Exposed

President Trump boasted about the military in his State of the Union address Wednesday night. Trump is right that the military has received significant investments during his tenure. But recent events also reveal where there are vulnerabilities. Iran’s missile attack against bases in Iraq last month wreaked havoc, although mercifully not resulting in the deaths…

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Iranian missile attacks show the need for better defense abroad

The two Iranian missile attacks over the last several months demonstrate the vulnerabilities to both American forces and vital interests abroad. Last September, a combination of drones and cruise missiles struck the Saudi Aramco oil facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia. The Houthis backed by Iran in Yemen took credit for the attack, while the United…

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