James Barnett is a retired Navy rear admiral and a Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He is also active in MISSION:READINESS, a non-profit group of more than 130 retired admirals, generals and other senior military leaders. On April 20, MISSION:READINESS released a report raising the alarm about youth obesity and its negative impact on the military. According to the report, more than 9 million young adults are too overweight to join the military, which the group says poses a serious threat to national security. The group is calling for Congress to act by eliminating junk food from schools. Click here to watch Adm. Barnett's interview on CNN.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith says the New START nuclear treaty deserves close scrutiny in the Senate. In an article for Defense News, he writes that the new US-Russia deal "holds both less and more than meets the eye." He lists six key areas in which lawmakers should be sure to put the pact under a microscope. Click here to read the article in full.