Feb. 11, 2016

Policy Briefings: Defense

Should the Restrictions on Women in Combat Be Lifted?

Yes: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.)

A soldier is a soldier. Heroism, sacrifice, valor and service are all words that describe those who defend our country — not just a man or woman, but a soldier.

No: Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)

The inception in the 1960s of radical feminism — a brand of feminism that perverted the noble ideals of the early, “true” feminists and seeks to fundamentally alter many of the cornerstones of American society — has spawned suggestions that “gender equality” demands that we change long-standing military policy by placing women alongside men on the front lines of combat. It’s a proposal that could seriously harm both the morale and the on-the-ground capabilities of our military.

Should the Alternate Engine for the Joint Strike Fighter Be Revived?

Yes: Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

The arguments for and against the development of a competitive engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have been laid out countless times by opposing sides over the years this debate has raged. It is past time to make a decision and move forward.

No: Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.)

After more than a decade of back-and-forth and more than $3 billion in unnecessary spending, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine officially breathed its final breath this year.

Should the Troops Be Brought Home From Afghanistan?

Yes: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

America is just a few short months away from a decade at war in Afghanistan. In that decade, deployed tour after tour, we’ve seen extraordinary acts of valor and heroism from our men and women in uniform and our civilian personnel.

No: Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas)

As every American learned from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, ungoverned or poorly governed nations can become safe havens for terrorists to plan and launch attacks against our homeland and interests abroad. That was the case in Afghanistan, where the Taliban harbored Osama bin Laden and many of his al-Qaida terrorist operatives.