Hearings

Mar 31 2011

Operation Odyssey Dawn and US Military Operations in Libya

McKeon Opening Statement for Libya Hearing

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement for the committee’s hearing on military operations in Libya with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen:

“The House Armed Services Committee meets today to receive testimony on the President’s decision to commit American forces in an international effort to shield Libya’s civilian population from the fury of a repressive tyrant. I commend our fighting forces for manning the wall between freedom and tyranny, and I honor their bravery. 

“But I have concerns about our objectives in Libya, our contribution to meeting those goals and the length of America’s commitment to what could be a prolonged conflict. Secretary Gates himself, when asked if the United States had vital interests in Libya, said ‘no, but we have interests in the region.’ The United States has interests in all regions of the globe, but I am curious what the criteria are for military intervention.  

“History has demonstrated that an entrenched enemy like the Libyan regime can be resilient to airpower. If Qaddafi does not face an imminent military defeat or refuses to abdicate, it seems that NATO could be expected to support decade-long no-fly zone enforcement like the one over Iraq in the 1990’s.  With Iraq and Afghanistan already occupying a considerable share of American resources, I sincerely hope that this is not the start of a third elongated conflict, especially in a region where we have other, more discernible strategic interests. 

“With America’s fighting men and women in harm’s way, it is not my intention to second-guess or undermine the Administration’s authority. But I would like an explanation of the nature of this threat and how American interests will be advanced through the use of military power.”



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Mar 31 2011

Operation Odyssey Dawn and US Military Operations in Libya

McKeon Opening Statement for Libya Hearing

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement for the committee’s hearing on military operations in Libya with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen:

“The House Armed Services Committee meets today to receive testimony on the President’s decision to commit American forces in an international effort to shield Libya’s civilian population from the fury of a repressive tyrant. I commend our fighting forces for manning the wall between freedom and tyranny, and I honor their bravery. 

“But I have concerns about our objectives in Libya, our contribution to meeting those goals and the length of America’s commitment to what could be a prolonged conflict. Secretary Gates himself, when asked if the United States had vital interests in Libya, said ‘no, but we have interests in the region.’ The United States has interests in all regions of the globe, but I am curious what the criteria are for military intervention.  

“History has demonstrated that an entrenched enemy like the Libyan regime can be resilient to airpower. If Qaddafi does not face an imminent military defeat or refuses to abdicate, it seems that NATO could be expected to support decade-long no-fly zone enforcement like the one over Iraq in the 1990’s.  With Iraq and Afghanistan already occupying a considerable share of American resources, I sincerely hope that this is not the start of a third elongated conflict, especially in a region where we have other, more discernible strategic interests. 

“With America’s fighting men and women in harm’s way, it is not my intention to second-guess or undermine the Administration’s authority. But I would like an explanation of the nature of this threat and how American interests will be advanced through the use of military power.”



Past

Date Title
3/31/11 Improving the Readiness of U.S. Forces through Military Jointness
3/31/11 FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for Missile Defense
3/31/11 Current record
3/30/11 FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Budget Requests from SOUTHCOM, NORTHCOM, and EUCOM
3/17/11 Law of War Detention and the President’s Executive Order Establishing Periodic Review Boards for Guantanamo Detainees
3/17/11 Military Personnel Overview
3/17/11 Soldier and Marine Equipment for Dismounted Operations
3/16/11 2012 Budget Request from U.S. Cyber Command
3/16/11 Amphibious Operations
3/16/11 Developments in Afghanistan
3/16/11 Military Health System Overview and Defense Health Program Cost Efficiencies: A Beneficiary Perspective
3/15/11 FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for National Security Space Activities
3/15/11 Long-Term Readiness Challenges in the Pacific
3/15/11 Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Tactical Aviation Programs
3/15/11 Military Health System Overview and Defense Health Program Cost Efficiencies
3/11/11 Counterproliferation Strategy for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Chemical Biological Defense Program
3/10/11 Global Challenges to Readiness
3/9/11 Navy Shipbuilding Acquisition Programs and Budget Requirements
3/9/11 Army Modernization
3/3/11 2012 Budget Request for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command
3/3/11 Are We Ready? An Independent Look at the Required Readiness Posture of U.S. Forces
3/2/11 The Status of United States Strategic Forces
3/2/11 2012 Budget Request for the Army
3/1/11 Equipping the Warfighter in Afghanistan
3/1/11 2012 Budget Request for DOD Science and Technology
3/1/11 2012 Budget Request for the Navy