| Oct. 30, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, or TRIA, was originally enacted in 2002 in the wake of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Congress has extended it twice, concluding (correctly) that only a public-private partnership can provide the certainty and stability that’s needed to allow insurance companies to offer coverage against acts of terror.
| Oct. 30, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
More than a decade after the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and began fielding an initial missile defense capability, the U.S. missile defense program is but a shadow of the robust program needed to protect the nation.
| Oct. 28, 2013, 3:59 p.m.
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, created by Congress with strong bipartisan support in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is a piece of legislation that has enabled the private insurance markets to provide an essential type of coverage that otherwise wouldn’t exist. It has helped create thousands of jobs, has cost next to nothing and gives private markets incentives to take a first-loss position in the event of another terrorist strike.
| Oct. 22, 2013, 5:15 p.m.
Passions are so high over the National Security Agency’s record collection programs that congressional turmoil over that issue has done collateral damage to another subject this year: cybersecurity legislation.
| Oct. 22, 2013, 5:03 p.m.
The fight over the future of the National Security Agency’s phone record and Internet data collection programs had its first skirmish in the House in July, with a vote that nearly defunded the phone record initiative. And Congress has been building toward a prolonged — and potentially nasty — battle this fall and winter.
| Oct. 21, 2013, 4:46 p.m.
In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Congress enacted the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act in 2002. I remember both well, having served as staff on the Senate Banking Committee during that time. I also remember the industry promise that TRIA would be a temporary program, not another endless piece of corporate welfare.
| Oct. 11, 2013, 2:16 p.m.
The sequester’s automatic, across-the-board budget cuts have hit the Defense Department hard since they went into effect in March, taking $50 billion out of the Pentagon on top of earlier cuts made by the Obama administration. For the Air Force — the service I led for four years — the consequences of these cuts have included having to ground squadrons temporarily, cut training hours for pilots and crews, defer billions of dollars in maintenance, and even investigate the possibility of retiring entire fleets of tanker and attack aircraft.
| Oct. 9, 2013, 4:56 p.m.
With so many problems facing us on the domestic scene and in the Middle East, it’s important to raise questions about what’s going on in the rest of the world.
| Oct. 2, 2013, 4:10 p.m.
Although ideological obstructionism in Congress over federal finances has led to the first government shutdown in 17 years, it’s worth remembering that there is one issue where bipartisanship still holds — reining in the surveillance state.
| Oct. 1, 2013, 4:32 p.m.
As budget pressures force the Defense Department to rethink long-term spending plans, Air Force officials are openly admitting that their venerable fleet of A-10 Warthogs could be on the chopping block because the heavily armed planes simply do not top the priorities list.
| Oct. 1, 2013, 4:29 p.m.
The A-10 Warthog has been coming to the aid of ground combat troops since the Air Force received the first production plane in October 1975, with operations spanning nearly four decades and several continents.
| Sept. 27, 2013, 5 a.m.
When he spoke before world leaders at United Nations headquarters earlier this month, President Barack Obama raised the stakes on nuclear negotiations with Iran, directing Secretary of State John Kerry to reach a “meaningful agreement” with Tehran. With a new round of talks between Iran, the United States and five other world powers set to resume in just weeks, it’s time to focus on what kind of agreement both sides can accept.
| Sept. 26, 2013, 5 a.m.
Congress almost certainly won’t pass any kind of major cybersecurity legislation in 2013, according to industry officials, lobbyists and others who track the issue.
| Sept. 17, 2013, 4:01 p.m.
The Navy views the Ohio-class replacement ballistic missile submarine as its top priority, indicating it would be prepared to slash other ship programs to build the 12 submarines it needs.
| Sept. 17, 2013, 4 p.m.
The Navy is planning to build 12 ballistic missile submarines that are so pricey the service is facing a $60 billion shortfall between 2021 and 2035, yet many of the lawmakers overseeing the Navy appear to have no problem with that.
| Sept. 16, 2013, 3:31 p.m.
The airline industry’s attention will turn to Montreal later this month, where European environmental regulators and a host of skeptical nations — including the United States — will square off at the United Nations civil aviation arm’s triennial meeting over how to control jet aircraft emissions.
| Sept. 16, 2013, 3:27 p.m.
Forging an agreement on aviation emissions won’t be the only U.S. objective at the upcoming International Civil Aviation Organization meeting in Montreal; diplomats will also be pushing for Taiwan’s entry into the United Nations organization as an observer.
| Sept. 16, 2013, Noon
A shooting at the Washington Navy Yard threw Capitol Hill and its surrounding areas into chaos on Monday morning as law enforcement officers across the region tried to contain a security situation that involved the shooting of several people, including a police officer, and has left several dead.
| Sept. 12, 2013, 4:34 p.m.
President Barack Obama’s Syria strategy may not have been particularly decisive, but that’s not a bad thing, according to the White House.
| Sept. 12, 2013, 10 a.m.
From economic crisis to domestic turmoil and international disputes, many recent events in the eastern Mediterranean nations have been alarming.