Defense Drumbeats

May 23, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
As Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said, “In the Indo-Pacific region, the United States faces a near-term, belligerent threat armed with nuclear weapons and also a longer-term strategic competitor. In fact, four of the five key security challenges -- China, Russia, North Korea, and terrorism -- reside in the PACOM area of responsibility. Critical to meeting all of the challenges in the region is our relationship with our allies and also with countries with whom we share interests.”
May 22, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
Through the NDAA, Congress will confront Iran by:
May 22, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran all take advantage of America’s open society to launch malign influence campaigns against the United States and our allies. While these campaigns are the result of centralized government strategies, America’s response is often decentralized or poorly-coordinated.
May 8, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
Fatal military aviation accidents have reached a six-year high, in both the number of accidents and the number of pilots and crews killed, a Military Times investigation has found.
May 7, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
The Problem: Russia’s military and political strength grew to their present and increasingly-threatening state during the eight years of the Obama Administration, which scoffed at the idea of Russia as a geopolitical threat.
Apr 27, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
Congress recently increased military spending, but if the Pentagon wants this to be more than a one-time boost it needs to show it can get more bang for the buck. The House is considering several proposals that would help, and Democrats ought to support the effort.
Apr 24, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
Last month, Congress reversed the decline in military funding after years of budget cuts forced our troops to do too much with too little. Congress must now ensure these funds are spent wisely. That means reforming outdated Pentagon bureaucracies to bolster agility, cut red tape and ensure more cost-effective use of taxpayer money...
Apr 19, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON, DC - This week, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) unveiled his latest round of defense reform proposals. This year’s draft legislation includes a proposal that advances the Committee’s efforts to reform how the Department of Defense buys goods and services. The second aims to speed decision making and get more capability in the hands of the warfighter faster by reforming 28 quasi-independent agencies within DOD that are part of what is known as the “4th Estate.”
Apr 11, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON, DC - Tomorrow, the Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing with the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Department of Defense's budget request for FY 2019. Chairman Thornberry (R-TX) will focus his questions on the readiness of our force and how the Department of Defense can best spend the funding that Congress passed last month to address those issues. For more information and to watch tomorrow's hearing visit the Committee's website.
Apr 9, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
In the last three weeks, six military aviation crashes have killed 16 pilots or crew — a tragic development that has cast a spotlight on a growing crisis: Accident rates have soared over the last five years for most of the military’s manned warplanes.

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