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  • Journal Gazette | A Strong Foundation
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    Recent news surrounding a potential President Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit revives an alternating cycle of provocation and negotiation that started more than 30 years ago. It should encourage our policy, strategy and planning developers to shift into overdrive to address the complex problems we will face someday, possibly soon. However, the complexity of these problems has been overcome before by strong Hoosier leadership. Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar had the keen foresight to look over the horizo... Read more

  • RealClearWorld | Responding to the Complexity of China's Challenge
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    Crafting U.S. policy toward China is one of the most complex challenges we face today. Strategic competition from China on the world stage is growing in every possible dimension -- diplomatic, political, informational, military, and economic. Particularly troubling is Beijing’s strong-armed approach favoring regional dominance over cooperative regional growth and security. This is evidenced by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s continued efforts to centralize political power at home, such as by abol... Read more

  • The Journal Gazette | Swamped by bureaucracy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 30, 2018 | Preview rr

    With a 17-year-low unemployment rate – 4.1 percent – and a spike in labor force participation, our country is currently experiencing its strongest growth since the end of the Great Recession. Tax reform and regulatory rollback have contributed to this progress, but even more can be done to ensure that our economy continues to prosper, including removing unnecessary barriers to growth. One action Congress can take to ensure this growth continues is to permanently repeal the harmful Waters of the ... Read more

  • Inside Indiana Business | Now Is Time to Continue, Not Jeopardize Economic Progress
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 29, 2018 | Preview rr

    In year one of the Trump administration, Congress worked with the White House to enact historic tax cuts and roll back burdensome regulations. The results speak for themselves. More than 4 million Americans have received special bonuses and 90 percent of American workers are seeing bigger paychecks since Congress passed tax cuts last December. Filings for unemployment benefits recently fell to the lowest level in almost five decades. Today our economy is on its strongest growth path in over a de... Read more

  • Daily Signal | My Bill to Expand Education Options for Military Families
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    All across America, military families are making personal sacrifices to keep our country safe. As a veteran who served overseas and away from my family, I know the toll service takes on those who wear the uniform and their families. But military families should not have to sacrifice the quality of their children’s education to serve our country. Currently, more than half of military families live in states with no school choice options whatsoever. For these families, if a child is assigned to a ... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal | Military Families Deserve School Choice
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    As a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves and the most recently deployed member of Congress, I know firsthand that serving in the armed forces requires tremendous sacrifice. As a husband and father of three young daughters, I know the decision to serve is never taken lightly. As Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley recently said, “We need to grow in order to meet the demands that the nation expects at the readiness levels it expects.” Military readiness includes recruiting and retaining the bes... Read more

  • National Review | We Must Improve Our Military Readiness
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    America’s military must be ready to fight and win on every battlefield, in every domain, on every day. That daunting task is more challenging than ever. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated in the Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy that “free men and women in America’s military will fight with skill and valor to protect us.” As a nation, we must be equally willing to support our military with the resources necessary to be ready for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s uncertainties. The s... Read more

  • Townhall | Equal Justice for All Includes Our Unborn
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans will gather in Washington to advocate for the cause of life. The United States was founded on the universal principle that all people have a God-given right to life. All includes every single human-being, regardless of race, gender or age. However, since the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision 45 years ago, more than 60 million innocent lives have been lost. Every single one of those lives was important and unique. Since the time of Roe, growing ... Read more

  • The Hill | America must support Iranian protesters seeking freedom
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    Last week, citizens in Iran’s second largest city – Mashhad – took to the streets for what began as protests over Iran’s economy and the rising cost of basic goods such as milk and eggs. These frustrations illuminated the reality that Iranians desire more than basic goods. They thirst for basic freedoms. Demonstrations have since multiplied, spreading to dozens of cities across the country. While it’s currently unclear how long these protests will last or how big they will become, the government... Read more

  • Journal Gazette | Plotting military's restoration to readiness
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    Hoosiers across the state know this has been a particularly divisive political year. Republicans and Democrats have hotly debated everything from taxes to health care. When there is this much disagreement, it's easy to miss the occasions when bipartisan consensus is reached. One of those points of agreement concerns the state of America's military, and the funding needed to repair it. As a naval reservist who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and 2015, I read reports of America's declining mil... Read more

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