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Diversifying Supply Chains Is a National Security Priority

Originally published in RealClear Defense. At this point, it is no secret that COVID-19 has underscored our nation's supply chains' fragility and highlighted the security risks posed by an over-reliance on nations that serve as our greatest strategic competitors. This is also not a revelation: In Ju...

For Flag Day, let's live up to our republic's values

The American flag was born amid a revolution. It was stitched together by the fingers of Philadelphian seamstress Betsy Ross, legend has it, and confirmed by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, as the colonies were still besieged by British forces in the struggle for autonomy and self-...

For some vets, ultimate sacrifice comes later

Originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer on May 25, 2020. It was his smile. Almost everyone who knew him would mention it. It was one of those infectious, light-up-a-room smiles that people remember long after he had walked away. Sergeant Brent “Hoss” Allen Hendrix had a presence about him – ...

Why Accountability at the WHO Matters

Originally published in the People's Defender. On Tuesday night, President Trump announced that the U.S. is pausing funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) while a review is conducted of the organization's response to the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier this month, the Senate Foreign Relations...

Opinion: Things we all can do during uncertain times

Originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer. In the past few weeks, Ohioans have felt their daily lives fundamentally shift. The global pandemic of COVID-19 and the resulting health, economic, and social impacts have driven our country and the world into painfully uncertain and uncharted waters....

Make North America Great Again

*Originally published in the Washington Examiner* After months of delay, the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) finally passed the House, clearing a major hurdle toward adoption. The agreement is now making its way through the Senate before it heads to the President’s desk to be signed. P...

The One Thing America Needs This Christmas

When I first joined the United States Army Reserve in 1998, Bill Clinton was President of the United States. I didn't vote for Bill Clinton, but he was my Commander-in-Chief. It didn't matter that I did not vote for him. Some things are bigger than politics. I was — and am still — deeply grateful to...

The stories that we tell

This article was originally published in The Highland County Press. You probably haven't heard of Larry Miller. Larry is an everyday American citizen in his 70s. Most people would know him as a retired management consultant living in north Reading, Pa. However, over the past eight years, he has been...

Column: Kurds were invaluable to US in our time of need

Originally published in the Columbus Dispatch. There are no greater lovers of peace than those who served in war. Their service is a summons that they do not seek, yet it is a call and a responsibility that they do not shirk. I know this love firsthand, from my tour of duty as a combat surgeon in Ir...