When he exited the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a citizen what form of government the delegates had given the young country. “A republic, if you can keep it.” How faithfully have we adhered to Franklin’s admonition? Have we kept it? Does this exceptional experiment in individual liberty and limited government remain exceptional?
Its doubtful many defense watchers missed the headlines of Nov. 6 where two targets were successfully engaged by three Patriot Advanced Capability missiles in the final demonstration test of the $4B Medium Extended Air Defense System or MEADS program. Videos of missiles flying out and targets blowing up are always good publicity and this successful test, while not particularly challenging, is no trivial accomplishment.
Congratulations to the tri-national team for last week’s simultaneous destruction of a Lance tactical ballistic missile and an unmanned QF-4 aircraft above the White Sands Missile Range that marked continued flight test success for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year, our elected leaders gather to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of millions of living and departed veterans with words and symbolic actions. But how about after the speeches have been read and the wreaths laid; will they turn their grand intentions into concrete actions to fulfill our promises to the men and women who served? They can start by passing legislation to put veterans funding first.
Because of the incredible courage of the 9/11 generation, the tides of war are receding and, though peace can only be maintained through constant vigilance, America is more secure than a decade ago.
In light of the continuing stream of Edward Snowden ‘leaks’, lawmakers should take away an important lesson—if they are not comfortable with the New York Times or the Washington Post running an exposé on a government program, then don’t authorize that program. This may seem like an obvious tenet, but, as we all know, the Snowden ‘affair’ has shown us differently.
In rolling out the first ship of the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-Class destroyer, the U.S. Navy has claimed repeatedly that the program is on time and on budget. Unfortunately, this claim—which has been picked up by the mainstream media, including the Washington Post—is both misleading and disingenuous.