Defense Drumbeats

Mar 18, 2016 Defense Drumbeat

This week, top U.S. military leaders warned Congress that years of combat combined with budget cuts and personnel reductions have left the Services stretched so thin that they may not be able to adequately respond to an unexpected crisis.  The admissions take place amidst growing uncertainty about a constrained defense budget and increasing global instability.

Mar 17, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
Rep. Mac Thornberry’s proposed acquisition reform bill is a bold and innovative attempt to solve two major problems with how the Department of Defense plans for and buys major weapons systems...
Mar 17, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
Today, during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, top military officials sounded the alarm about the rising number of major military aircraft accidents that can be traced to reduced training hours and maintenance backlogs that have grounded many aircraft. The military has cut essential training, including for pilots, as a result of the billions in defense cuts since 2010. The answers came after Chairman Thornberry asked about the significant increase in “Class A Mishap” rates which involve loss of life or damage of more than $2 million to an aircraft. Concerns are growing louder and more frequent about the real-life consequences of cuts to personnel, training, equipment and other military resources as the security situation around the world becomes more precarious by the day.
Mar 16, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
Yesterday, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced his second acquisition reform bill. The proposal, which will be incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act, introduces foundational reforms aimed at getting cutting edge equipment to our forces in the field faster. The proposal will help restore agility to America’s military. You can read more about the proposal here.
Feb 22, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
Tomorrow is the deadline for the White House to deliver a comprehensive detention strategy to Congress, which may include a plan for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. The FY 16 NDAA requires that he submit such a plan by February 23, 2016.  
Jan 12, 2016 Defense Drumbeat

As the President prepares for his final State of the Union, he continues to be out-of-touch with the realities of ISIS and the threat it poses to the United States and the world.  Michael Morell, Former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under the Obama Administration, testified before the Committee today giving his thoughts on ISIS.  

Jan 12, 2016 Defense Drumbeat

By: Kate Brannen - Vice News

A trio of former Obama administration officials painted a grim picture of the fight against the Islamic State group, on the day of the president's State of the Union speech.

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