Travis Korson

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Emerging Technologies In Missile Defense

America, once the leader in missile defense, has been lagging in recent years. As the military seeks to replace the 30-year old Patriot system, it keeps encountering budgetary and political roadblocks which prevent the adoption of a new alternative. President

The Future of Unmanned Flight

The infrastructure of the Air Force is aging. The average age of an airplane is 25 years, and even older for Strategic Bombers, with an average age of 34 years, and Tanker Aircraft, at 47 years. Unfortunately, many in Washington

Rare Earth Minerals, Japan, and National Security Implications

One of the more important but mainly overlooked resources related to national security are rare earth minerals. A recent discovery by a team of Japanese scientists east and west of Hawaii, and east of Tahiti in French Polynesia has brought

Reversing the Downward Trend of National Security Journalism

National Security reporting saw a long lull during the Clinton ‘peace dividend’ and relatively stable period of international affairs during the 1990s. Since the demand for foreign reporters dropped, so did the availability of education for these journalists. After the

Reversing the Downward Trend of National Security Journalism

National Security reporting saw a long lull during the Clinton ‘peace dividend’ and relatively stable period of international affairs during the 1990s. Since the demand for foreign reporters dropped, so did the availability of education for these journalists. After the

Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Sees Further Certification Delay

Politico reported today that the certification for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is more then likely not going to happen under the tenure of Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He had previously said that he would enact the repeal

Where is the Big Stick? Obama's Misguided Border Security

To the casual observer it would seem that Obama administration is at best inept and at worst apathetic when it comes to securing the border, prosecuting the drug cartels, and stemming the flow of illegal immigration. Recently, I reported on

New Bill Would Label Prominent Drug Lords 'Terrorists'

From the looks of things, the Obama administration is not serious about prosecuting drugs, or terrorism. Last week, a colleague of mine reported that Rep. Diaz Balart (R-FL) claimed that the DOJ denied Colombia’s offer to extradite drug kingpin and