Defense Drumbeats

May 16, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON - Friday night, in a Fox News Special Report Exclusive, Jennifer Griffin continued her investigation of the military readiness crisis. Touring several Air Force squadrons, Griffin spoke with pilots and maintainers who are seeing years of war and simultaneous funding cuts seriously effect their ability to execute their missions today and in the future. Watch the segment below:
May 9, 2016 Defense Drumbeat

On Friday, the White House Press Secretary described House efforts to restore military readiness as “grossly irresponsible.”  House efforts to invest in readiness in the near term, while providing the next administration the flexibility to determine their own strategy and funding for ongoing operations are very similar to the approach a Democrat-led Congress took in 2008.

May 5, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON-- During his swing through Europe this week, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said that the House Armed Services Committee’s FY17 NDAA “proposes to put money behind things that are not our highest priorities and that we didn’t ask for.” Let’s separate the facts from the fiction in the Secretary’s misleading statements about what the NDAA includes.
Apr 15, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON - Last night, in a Fox News Special Report Exclusive, Jennifer Griffin shed light on the significant military readiness crisis. Touring several Marine Aviation Squadrons, Griffin spoke with pilots and maintainers who are struggling to prepare their aircraft and personnel to deploy. Watch the segment below:
Mar 30, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
NEW YORK CITY - Chairman Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, appeared on Fox America's Newsroom this morning. The Chairman discussed artificial troop caps implemented by the President, the threat of terrorism in the Middle East and Europe, European security and the Pentagon's planned increased presence there. Watch the entire discussion below.
Mar 30, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD MARCH 30, 2016 With the military campaign against the Islamic State making some progress, American officials have begun to sharpen plans to expel the terrorist organization from two major cities it still controls.
Mar 30, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
NEW YORK CITY - Chairman Thornberry (R-TX) joined Maria Bartiromo this morning on Fox Business. Much of the conversation focused on defense spending and readiness of the force. For highlights of the segment see below. To watch the entire segment click here.
Mar 28, 2016 Defense Drumbeat


By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times - Sunday, March 27, 2016

...Some lawmakers are warning that budget cuts, a troop drawdown and a decade and a half of wars have created spotty combat readiness, overburdened forces, more fatal accidents and beat-up weapons.

Mar 23, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry, of Texas’ 13th district, visited Marine Corps Air Station New River and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 18.
Mar 18, 2016 Defense Drumbeat


Reduced training leads to increased fatalities, experts maintain
TIME - Mark Thompson - March 17, 2016

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