Defense Drumbeats

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

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.  

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