Heritage Events Podcast
Modernizing the U.S. Sea-based Strategic Deterrent Force and the Need for 12 Columbia-class SSBNs
Since the first submarine strategic deterrent patrol by USS George Washington (SSBN-598) in 1960, U.S. nuclear ballistic missile submarines (or SSBNs) have provided the most survivable leg of the U.S. Strategic Nuclear Triad. U.S. SSBNs on patrol are virtually undetectable and hold adversary strategic targets constantly at risk. Today’s force of 14 Ohio-class SSBNs carry 70 percent of deployed U.S. strategic nuclear warheads, and when they retire after a 42-year service life, they will be the longest serving submarines in U.S. Naval history. The 12 planned Columbia-class submarines will provide an overdue modernization of the U.S. sea-based strategic deterrent force and will possess advanced stealth technologies to ensure they remain survivable against evolving threats into the 2080s. Strategic nuclear modernization critics have questioned the need to modernize the U.S. SSBN force and argued that a smaller number of Columbia-class SSBNs can provide a sufficient deterrent capability. Our panel of experts will explore the importance of a modern SSBN force on deterring adversaries and the impacts of reducing the number of U.S. SSBNs.
A Conversation on the Successes of the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP)
Launched in February 2019 under the leadership of White House Advisor Ivanka Trump,W-GDP is thefirst ever whole-of-government approach to global women’s economic empowerment. Join The Heritage Foundation for a discussion with the senior Trump Administration officials leading W-GDP’s implementation as they outline why economically empowered women in the developing world matters for U.S. national security and how W-GDP supports this objective. The panel will also discuss how free market orientated policy reforms in the legal and regulatory space can catalyze women’s lost economic potential.
The Violent Attacks in Portland and Why Americans Deserve Law and Order
The Nation is reeling from sustained physical, verbal, and political attacks on our brave and patriotic law enforcement officers. These men and women put their lives on the line every single day to keep our communities safe. Instead of thanking them, a large portion of our society has subjected them to vulgar criticisms and vile characterizations. We have also seen extreme cases, such as in Portland, where violent anarchists, domestic terrorists, and thugs have wreaked violent attacks against law enforcement. Unfortunately, this has turned into a large movement to eliminate them altogether.Commissioner Mark Morgan is the head of the largest law enforcement agency in the entire country. He has a long career in law enforcement, from police work, to the FBI, leading ICE, and now CBP. There is no one better situated to discuss how important law enforcement is and all the great work they are doing to restore law and order.
The Plot To Change America: How Identity Politics Divides America
Want to know why there are riots in our streets and the country appears to be completely divided? It didn’t happen organically, and it was not a grassroots effort. The foundations for our division were laid decades ago. Mike Gonzalez’s book,The Plot to Change America, explains. Join author Mike Gonzalez and conservative commentator Michael Knowles for an illuminating conversation about the roots of identity politics and how this pernicious way of thinking divides America, featuring introductory remarks by Kay C. James.