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April 2015
Chairman Mac Thornberry’s defense reform legislation and draft report are the first step towards acquisition reform in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Introduced last week, the bill encourages a continuing conversation on defense reform. The keys to Chairman Thornberry's initiative are...
March 2015
In a bill and draft report introduced last week, Chairman Thornberry outlined his ideas for Defense Reform. The legislation is intended as a discussion draft and aims to reform the Department of Defense’s acquisition system, taking the ideas generated as provisions for the forthcoming National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)...
Contrary to Gregg Easterbrook, the Navy has entered a genuine crisis caused by years of dangerous underinvestment and the folly of sequestration. After peaking at nearly 568 ships in 1987, the fleet now numbers 275 ships...
February 2015
Within days of President Obama releasing his fiscal 2016 defense budget this month, Pakistan tested a nuclear-capable Ra’ad short-range missile, Russia announced plans to test a new RS-26 intercontinental ballistic missile, Iran launched a satellite into space and North Korea...
WASHINGTON - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released the following schedule featuring (4) hearings the week of February 23-27, 2015. Witnesses are listed in alphabetical order, consistent with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee Repository.
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