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National Defense Authorization Act 2018

With Paul Coyer, Hans Vons Spakovsky, Dakota Wood and Mary Fanning

PAUL COYER, Contributor at Forbes.com, Research Professor at the Institute of World Politics:

  • The current state of Christians in Iraq
  • Save The Persecuted Christians Coalition

HANS VONS SPAKOVSKY, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, Former Member of the Federal Election Commission:

  • The politicization of US intelligence agencies
  • The House Intelligence Committee and Mueller’s Probe

DAKOTA WOOD, Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at the Heritage Foundation, Twenty-year career in the USMC, Former Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Recently served as a strategist for the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command:

  • The state of the Annual National Defense Authorization Act
  • Significance of rebuilding US military forces

MARY FANNING, Investigative Journalist:

  • Implications of Gulftainer company
  • Dangers of Club-K containers
  • Why CFIUS must be reformed

The Depleting Power of the U.S. Military

With Dakota Wood

DAKOTA WOOD,Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs in the Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Defense, Editor of the 2018 Index of U.S. Military Strength, Former Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments:

  • The condition of U.S. military strength at the moment
  • How the end of the Cold War marked the beginning of U.S. Military decline
  • What happens when the peace dividend goes away?



  • The size and modernity of U.S. Naval forces


  • Current status of the U.S. Air Force
  • Drastic reduction in Air Force resources in the past decade
  • State of U.S. nuclear forces, space and cyber-warfare capabilities


  • Is the U.S. industrial base effective and efficient?
  • How perceived weakness emboldens opportunism

The Muslim Brotherhood: The Gravitational Force in the Islamist Community

With Bill Warner, Phil Haney, Marc Lebuis and Dakota Wood

BILL WARNER, Founder and Director of Center for the Study of Political Islam:

  • ‘For Caliph and Country” critical findings
  • British Islamists and civilizational Jihad
  • Implications of assuming non-violent Jihad is safe
  • Dangers of continuing any form of a nuclear agreement with Iran

PHIL HANEY, Retired Homeland Security Officer, Author with Art Moore of “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad”:

  • How the Muslim Brotherhood is the gravitational force in the Islamist community
  • Muslim Brotherhood in positions of authority in U.S. government
  • Why hasn’t the Trump administration designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization?

MARC LEBUIS, Founder and Director of Point de Bascule (Tipping Point), a web-based investigative magazine:

  • September 30th terrorist attack in Canada
  • Sharia blasphemy restrictions in Canada
  • Vulnerability of first amendment rights in the U.S.

DAKOTA WOOD, Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs in the Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Defense, Editor of the 2018 Index of U.S. Military Strength, Former Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments:

  • The status of the world bequeathed by Obama administration
  • How our adversaries have been emboldened
  • Is the U.S. Military in a death spiral?

Welcome to the Cold War 2.0

Today on Secure Freedom Radio, Frank Gaffney spoke to Dakota Wood, a former leader in the Marine Corps and the Senior Research Fellow on Defense Programs at the Heritage Foundation.

Together, they assessed the threat posed to America by Russia. Wood stated that while terrorism is seen as a more immediate threat, Russia is a long term concern given their nuclear arsenal.

Gaffney asked Wood about Putin’s recent behavior with regard to military action. Wood responded:

“He’s really trying to keep the eastern part of Europe destabilized and the western part intimidated and the mechanism to do that is to have these very short notice snap exercises where large numbers of forces are mobilized in proximity to the Baltic states… to do very provocative actions in the Baltic Sea with submarine movements into territorial waters of Sweden and Norway.”

Wood suggested that Putin is sending a very aggressive message to powers in Europe and other regions.

Their focus then turned to China. Wood said that while China’s focus in recent years has been on domestic  and internal security issues, they have become much more outward thinking and  that their military investments indicate an expansionist vision.

“As China has matured its economy, it’s become more dependent on external sources for energy like oil for example that comes out of the Persian Gulf… It needs a navy that can protect its economic interests, it needs an outward looking military that can coerce its claims in the south and east China seas and it’s being very muscular in how it invests accordingly.”

Gaffney brought up the little discussed development of thousands of miles of hardened tunnels China has built. Wood suggested the significance of the tunnels is that they provide an area where things can be done in secret, away from public view and satellite surveillance. He also said the tunnels give China a way to protect assets from a strike.

Meanwhile, Wood suggested, China is also believed to be expanding their capability to weaponize space in a way which could ultimately affect U.S. satellite capabilities.

This point led Gaffney to ask about North Korea’s recently reported satellite activities such as passing one over the Superbowl. Wood responded:

“This latest launch again interpreted not just as a usable satellite but the missile technology that makes that possible, that extends the range of their ballistic missile capability to something like 13,000 kilometers covers the entire United States and on down into central America. Combine that with their nuclear program, they would then have a missile capable of taking a nuclear warhead to any target within the United States.”

Scary stuff.

Someone owes Mitt Romney an apology.

The Defense Budget: Is It Enough?

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With Dakota Wood

DAKOTA WOOD, Senior Research Fellow of Defense Programs at the Heritage Foundation:

  • Is Russia the greatest threat to the US today?
  • Putin’s plans for strategic nuclear forces
  • China’s military power and ambition


  • China’s 3,000-mile tunnel system and nuclear program
  • Beijing’s possible weaponization of space
  • North Korea’s recent aggression and ballistic missile capability


  • Current status of the US military
  • Deteriorating military strength emboldens enemies and leads to a loss of life
  • Cultural differences have to be accounted for in the way the US interacts with the world


  • What resources are necessary to rebuild American strength?
  • Current US spending on the military
  • Threats the next president will face


  • US hasn’t done nuclear weapons testing for over 25 years
  • Lack of industrial capacity in America to rebuild warships and aircraft
  • Women in combat, possibly subject to the draft?

Funding to Fight ISIS in Libya

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With Rep. Doug Lamborn, Brendan Brown, Rep. Brian Babin, Dakota Wood, Bill Gertz

Rep. DOUG LAMBORN (CO-5), House Armed Services Committee, Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces:

  • Gitmo prisoners may be sent to federal prison in Colorado
  • US Arab allies concerned about Iran
  • Review of the hostage taking of US sailors
  • President Obama’s new defense budget
  • Vulnerability of the US electric grid

BRENDAN BROWN, Chief Economic Advisor at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International:

  • Economic consequences if Britain departs from the EU
  • China’s most recent market downturn tied to the West?

Rep. BRIAN BABIN (TX-36), Chairman of the Space Subcommittee on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee:

  • The Resettlement Accountability National Security Act
  • Obama’s choice in visiting a Baltimore mosque
  • Does China maintain space dominance?

DAKOTA WOOD, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation:

  • History as an indicator for the US defense budget
  • Increased funding in Europe to deter an expansionist Putin
  • A look at the expensive bombing campaign against ISIS

BILL GERTZ, senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon:

  • Russian assertiveness in Syria
  • Chinese Communist Party defector in the custody of US intelligence
  • Increased Chinese cyber attacks on big data
  • Beijing invited to Proliferation Security Initiative despite its weapons sales to North Korea and Iran

Trends in U.S. Military Readiness

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With Lt. Col. Dakota Wood, Bill Gertz, Rebeccah Heinrichs, Patrick Robinson

Lt. Col. DAKOTA WOOD (Ret.), Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at the Heritage Foundation:

  • Current state of the U.S. Military
  • In-depth analysis of the various branches’ readiness
  • Inability to of the military to operate in multiple theaters


  • Cultural affect on military moral
  • Current grade for the US nuclear capability
  • Industrial ability to rebuild the military

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon:

  • Growing tensions between the US and China over South China Sea
  • Russian and Chinese provocations to the USS Ronald Reagan
  • Terrorist changing communication strategies as a result of disclosures by Edward Snowden

REBECCAH HEINRICHS, Fellow at the Hudson Institute:

  • Inadvisability of joining the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
  • Russian and Chinese definition of a “nuclear test”
  • Historical rejection of the CTBT in Congress

PATRICK ROBINSON, Author of “The Lion of Sabray” and co-author of “Lone Survivor”:

  • Insider story of “The Lion of Sabray”
  • Attempts from the Taliban on Mohammad Gulab’s life

Cementing a Legacy for the Obama Administration by Caving To Iran?

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With Rep. Peter Roskam, Dakota Wood, Dr. Larry Ponemon, Andy McCarthy

“The Administration, I think, is absolutely desperate for a legacy, and they see this Iranian deal as a legacy they can cling to. But it would be a false hope, and it’s a false claim that this is going to make us safer.” –Rep. Peter Roskam, Representative for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District

On today’s show:

Congressman PETER ROSKAM, representative for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District:

  • Assessing the likelihood that Israel will be able to permanently mitigate the threat posed to it by Hamas
  • Thoughts on how the U.S. should respond to the crisis in Gaza
  • Is the Obama Administration gung-ho on striking a deal with Iran as a way to “cement” its legacy?
  • An update from the House Select Committee on Benghazi

DAKOTA WOOD, Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former USMC strategy analyst officer:

  • Waning stability in the world today
  • How recent budget cuts have affected the U.S. military’s state of readiness
  • The effects of social engineering in the military

Dr. LARRY PONEMON, Founder and Chairman of the Ponemon Institute:

  • New findings of a study focusing on the readiness of international critical infrastructure against cyber attacks
  • Modernized and new threat vectors to the infrastructure that remain hidden and unknown
ANDY McCARTHY, author of “Faithless Execution: Making the Case for the Impeachment of Barack Obama”:
  • Presidential overreach on immigration policy
  • Denouncing the idea that Putin’s Russia can be a strategic partner
  • What is the optimal outcome of the conflict in Gaza?