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Solving America’s Military Recruiting Crisis
Fiscal year 2022 was the worst year for military recruiting in terms of meeting numerical goals since the start of the All-Volunteer Force, and 2023 is shaping up to be even more challenging. All the military services are experiencing challenges, but the Army—especially since they need the greatest number of volunteers—is having the most difficulty. Indeed, it’s not the Army’s problem, but rather America’s since a recruiting shortfall translates to a weaker overall U.S. national defense.Joining Heritage to offer their insights on the causes and possible solutions to the problem are two thought leaders: Major General Johnny Davis, the newly assigned leader of Army recruiting, and Dr. Beth Asch, author of many of the foundational studies on military recruiting. You won’t want to miss this session to get a better understanding of what is happening and how we can all help to solve this national problem.
Embracing Private and Local Solutions to Environmental Challenges
Unfortunately, too many people assume that to address environmental issues, there needs to be one-size-fits-all federal solutions. This is a harmful fallacy. To achieve genuine positive environmental outcomes, policymakers need to respect state and local solutions, and they definitely need to respect private citizens who are using many innovative ideas to improve the environment. In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, Daren Bakst, host of the PowerCast and Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Policy and Regulation, is joined by Todd Myers, Environmental Director of the Washington Policy Center in Seattle, to discuss how private innovation is making a real difference to address environmental challenges.
Love, Loyalty, and Patriotism
Susan Hanssen, Associate Professor of History at the University of Dallas, joins the Defining Conservatism podcast to discusses what American patriots must love and be loyal to as we try to uphold our nation against the anticulture of the left and the forgetfulness bred by social media and our mediocre educational system.
How Cultural Marxism Threatens the United States—and How Americans Can Fight It
Cultural Marxists have taken over key U.S. institutions. They are now deeply entrenched in the sectors and industries that create meaning and values in America. How did this happen? What is the history behind this NextGen Marxism? How can it be defeated and America’s freedoms preserved?
What China’s Strategic Breakout Means for the U.S.
The Biden administration recently released its Nuclear Posture Review, which sets forth a strategy intended to address the growing nuclear threat from China since the “strategic breakout” of its nuclear forces was revealed to the public in summer 2021. China has surpassed its historic nuclear strategy of minimum deterrence and can now execute any nuclear employment strategy, according to U.S. Strategic Command. Meanwhile, the U.S. nuclear arsenal has not significantly changed and remains designed around the 2010 New START Treaty. Whether this posture is sufficient to deter the growing Chinese nuclear threat while still deterring Russia’s expanding arsenal at the same time is uncertain.Given the Nuclear Posture Review’s long-awaited release, join us to learn what China’s nuclear expansion means for the U.S. and what options policymakers should consider in response.
What Will Happen to Energy in the Next Congress?
The soaring price of energy concerns all Americans, from high costs at gasoline pumps to exorbitant electricity bills. The solution is under our own feet. The United States has energy reserves of oil and natural gas that would allow us to lower prices by increasing production of energy and pipelines, which are needed to move the resources across the country.So, what might the next Congress do to lower energy prices? Join us as Heritage’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth and energy experts Trisha Curtis and Lucian Pugliaresi share their predictions for the 118th Congress.
The Common Good and the Constitution
Steven Hayward, Joseph Postell, and Emina Melonic join Richard Reinsch for a discussion of how the common good should shape political debate in a constitution of divided and limited powers.
An Unauthorized Campaign Against the Internal Combustion Engine
California has adopted regulations that would ban new internal combustion engine vehicle sales beginning in 2035. If EPA grants a waiver from Clean Air Act preemption to California to implement these regulations, then in 12 years, say goodbye to buying new gas and diesel-powered cars in the Golden State. But this campaign against the internal combustion engine isn’t all about California. The EPA through its motor vehicle emission standards and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through its fuel economy standards are trying to transform the nation’s vehicle fleet, shifting it away from gas and diesel-powered vehicles and towards electric vehicles. Even worse, Congress hasn’t authorized the agencies to take such action. In this latest edition of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment’s PowerCast, Daren Bakst, host of the PowerCast and Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Policy and Regulation, is joined by Justin Schwab, former Deputy General Counsel at the EPA, and the founder of CGCN Law, and Derrick Morgan, Executive Vice President of the Heritage Foundation, to discuss these critical threats to freedom, consumer choice, and separation of powers.
Is the Department of Justice Abusing the FACE Act to Silence Pro-Life Advocates?
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, violence has erupted across the country. At least 73 crisis pregnancy centers have been vandalized and 86 churches have been attacked. Jane’s Revenge—a militant pro-abortion group—has claimed responsibility for many of the attacks, often leaving their signature graffiti: “If abortion’s not safe, then neither are you.”Although the FBI claims to be investigating these incidents, no arrests have been made. The FBI has, however, arrested 12 pro-life activists, who have been charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.Have the Department of Justice and the FBI been weaponized in an attempt to silence pro-life conservatives?Join Heritage’s John Malcolm for a panel discussion on whether the Department of Justice is playing politics with the enforcement of criminal law against pro-life advocates.