The Heritage Foundation exists to promote conservative solutions to our nation’s problems. Activist judges have caused many of these problems. The most straightforward remedy is to reject judges who overstep their boundaries, and put constitutionalists on the bench instead. Justice Brett Kavanaugh has demonstrated conservative values in his years on the federal bench, and his confirmation will help cement a new era of judicial restraint on the Supreme Court.

Heritage President Kay Coles James called Kavanaugh’s confirmation “a victory for liberty in America.” She also said that “like Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump selected Justice Kavanaugh because he has shown through his long and distinguished tenure on the bench that he will be impartial, fair, and faithful to the Constitution.”

Your support empowered The Heritage Foundation to be there when it was needed the most. We have devoted untold numbers of man-hours, as well as hundreds of media appearances in print, on television, and on the radio, to share the truth about him.

And most importantly, we have another conservative on the Supreme Court because of your support of Heritage and for the Constitution.

What are your expectations for the Supreme Court, now that Justice Kavanaugh has been confirmed?

Is the United States capable of defending itself? The Heritage Foundation answers that key question in our fifth annual “Index of U.S. Military Strength.”

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, keynoted the Index launch event, delivering the bottom-line conclusion of the report: “As currently postured, the U.S. military is only marginally able to meet the demands of defending America’s vital national interests.”

The Heritage Foundation uses the Index to inform Americans of the readiness of our military, its size, and the status of its armory—all in the context of the dangers present and emerging around the globe.  This index identified some welcome improvement in military strength over the last year, but also shows that the current increases in defense budget aren’t enough to make the military ready for the challenges that we face.

The Index highlights areas where attention is needed most. The United States Air Force, for example, is distressingly understaffed, being more than 1,000 pilots and 300 aircraft short of the necessary minimum. Also, only 15 Army Combat Brigades are deemed “ready” for battle, and only 8 are “fully ready.” The Marine Corps is in worse shape; receiving its second “weak” rating in as many years.

Retired Lt. Gen. Tom Spoehr, director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense, describes today’s military as “too small, insufficiently ready, and under-modernized.” He acknowledges that we can’t rebuild our military overnight. But, he notes, “If we are to retain our role as the world’s superpower, we must commit ourselves to the generational task of restoring our nation’s military.”

Because of your support, Heritage is able to evaluate the strength of our military and inform policymakers so that we can preserve the national security of our country.

Watch the video of the Release of the 2019 Index of U.S. Military Strength here ->>

How should we balance our need to increase military spending with our commitment to lower federal spending overall?

 

How bad is Washington’s spending problem? What’s your share of the national debt? What will it take to make Social Security solvent? These are serious questions—the answers to which have serious implications for our future, and for our children’s future.

Federalbudgetinpictures.com, a Heritage website, answers those questions with pictures that are easy to understand, and can be printed or easily shared on Facebook.

The charts and facts we present can come in handy in conversations you may have with friends and family. How much does America spend on interest, and how does that compare to what Washington spends on defense? Simply click on the link to the relevant graph—you’ll have the answer,

We give you this resource because it’s vital to have this conversation with as many people as possible. We want everybody to be ready and able to defend conservative principles, and Heritage experts have put all the tools you need into one easy-to-use place for your convenience.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to create this resource, and for having the tough conversations that are required to spread conservative ideas. Let’s hold government officials accountable for the money they spend.

Click here to visit The Heritage Foundation’s Federalbudgetinpictures.com ->>

Which chart surprised you the most from Federalbudgetinpictures.com?

The Heritage Foundation has some of the most dedicated people in the conservative movement working to advance its goals. One of those people is Barb Van Andel-Gaby, who has served on Heritage’s Board of Trustees for over 20 years. She was unanimously selected by her peers this summer to serve as chairman, and is the first female to hold this vital role.

Outgoing chairman Thomas Saunders expressed that “Van Andel-Gaby is a proven conservative leader and Heritage is in good hands.” President Kay Coles James agreed by stating, “Van Andel-Gaby is prepared to lead America’s best-in-class conservative institution.

The Van Andel family has deep roots in the conservative movement. Jay Van Andel, the chairman’s late father, was among Heritage’s greatest supporters, and was devoted to Heritage’s success from its early days until his passing in 2004. The Van Andel Center at Heritage is named after him in honor of his profound commitment.

Van Andel-Gaby continues her family’s legacy of service to conservative values. Her new position as chairman of the board exemplifies her longstanding dedication to our common cause. Together with the invaluable support of members like you, Heritage is better positioned to make conservative change a reality.

Read the full press release here >>

Do you have any questions for Barb Van Andel-Gaby?

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, delivered a historic speech at The Heritage Foundation where he examined the value NATO brings to American national security in the 21st century. Stoltenberg spoke of the more than 1,000 NATO personnel lost in the War on Terror to illustrate our allies’ commitment to freedom and security.

When the Secretary General began his term in 2014, the alliance’s obligations were underfunded by European governments. The Secretary General commended President Trump’s outspokenness on the subject. He explained that President Trump’s actions resulted $40 Billion increase in European contributions, with pledges to fulfill obligations by 2024.

After his speech, Heritage Executive Vice President Kim Holmes moderated a vigorous Q&A session in which Heritage experts joined national reporters to get the Secretary General’s take on the challenges facing the alliance.

Your support allows us to attract distinguished dignitaries. Thanks to supporters like you,Heritage continues to play the leading role in promoting and influencing conservative policy.

Watch this historic event at the Heritage Foundation >>

Will your view on NATO change now that other countries are playing their part?

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