Defense Drumbeats

Oct 8, 2015 Defense Drumbeat


By DEB RIECHMANN

Washington (AP) -- Congress on Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill that he has threatened to veto over an ongoing battle between Democrats and Republicans about government spending.

The Senate voted to approve the measure 70 to 27.

Oct 7, 2015 Defense Drumbeat

Washington Post 
By Jennifer Rubin 

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

Oct 7, 2015 Defense Drumbeat

"$612 billion, that's what the President asked for and that's what this bill provides.  There is no difference between the two." - Chairman Thornberry

 

Oct 6, 2015 Defense Drumbeat

Last week the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) called on President Obama to "refrain from vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016."  MOAA is the largest military officers association in the United States.  MOAA President, Vice Admiral Norbert Ryan, Jr., USN (Ret.), wrote to the White House on behalf of the associations more than 390,000 members saying:

Oct 4, 2015 Defense Drumbeat
AMERICAN PRESIDENTS rarely veto national defense authorization bills, since they are, well, vital to national security. Since Congress passed the first of these blueprints for Pentagon spending 50-plus years ago, there have been four vetoes — two by Democratic presidents, two by Republicans —...
Sep 25, 2015 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, thanked General Martin Dempsey for his service in the U.S. Army and his time as Chairman of the Join Chiefs of Staff.
Sep 18, 2015 Defense Drumbeat
As the Pentagon prepares to announce the winner of one of its most significant contracts since the F-35 contract award in 2001 — the Long Range Strike Bomber — it faces a myriad of challenges and very high expectations. A Boeing-Lockheed Martin team is competing against Northrop Grumman, builder...
Sep 18, 2015 Defense Drumbeat
"Fourteen years ago, America's longest war began. The plot that led to the murder of 2,977 people on Sept. 11, 2001, originated in Afghanistan. Since then, more than 2,350 U.S. service members sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan to help ensure that no more innocent Americans are victims of such savagery.
Sep 10, 2015 Defense Drumbeat
Iran’s support of rogue regimes, proxies, terrorists, and criminal organizations is one of its main strategies to support its revolutionary ideology and increase its dominance in the Middle East. Malign activities are focused on Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria; as well as illicit activities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. The intent of these activities is to assert Iran’s influence over certain governments in the Middle East, and challenge Israel and Western countries’ influence and dominance.

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