Defense Drumbeats

Mar 21, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
Ahead of Congress's vote on critical funding for our military, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) sat down with Fox News' Jennifer Griffin to discuss how important it is to rebuild and adequately resource our military and readiness crisis we currently find ourselves in today. Watch the interview here and read some highlights form Fox's coverage below:
Mar 19, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, Fox News highlighted the severe shortfalls facing U.S. Military aviation. The NDAA and the Bipartisan Budget Agreement both fund the military at levels that begin to fix these issues. Chairman Thornberry (R-TX), joined Fox last week to emphasize the importance of passing the Omnibus to fund these critical needs. Read some quotes from the piece below and watch the entire segment here:
Mar 16, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Chairman Thornberry (R-TX), of the House Armed Services Committee, joined Fox News to talk about the recent Russia sanctions and the importance of funding the military fully. See some of the Chairman's comments below and watch the whole interview here and below:
Mar 13, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
The primary job of the federal government is to provide for the common defense, yet today only 15 percent of the budget is devoted to that task. While our military personnel will always try to do whatever is asked of them, years of inadequate and unpredictable funding have taken a real toll. Much of their equipment is old and worn out, and too often they have not been getting the training they need to do what the nation asks. In 2017 about four times as many service members lost their lives in routine training and operations than in hostile actions.
Mar 7, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Chairman Thornberry (R-TX), of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke with Fox News about the challenges of North Korean talks as well as the security implications found in Africa. Read some of the highlights and watch the interview below:
Feb 26, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
he primary job of the federal government is to provide for the common defense, yet today only 15 percent of the budget is devoted to that task. While our military personnel will always try to do whatever is asked of them, years of inadequate and unpredictable funding have taken a real toll.
Feb 26, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have always put first the needs and priorities of those men and women who serve our nation. With great sacrifice to their families, these brave individuals put their lives on the line, at home and abroad, in defense of our freedoms and principles. Their efforts – and lives – are threatened, however, due to the state of our military readiness. For New Jersey and the nation, I strongly believe rebuilding our military is a national security priority.
Feb 13, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
In January, the country watched as a minority of lawmakers in the Senate sent our government into a shutdown, cutting off funding to our military and scores of federal employees supporting the Department of Defense, and jeopardizing a six-year re-authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Feb 12, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
America’s military must be ready to fight and win on every battlefield, in every domain, on every day. That daunting task is more challenging than ever. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated in the Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy that “free men and women in America’s military will fight with skill and valor to protect us.”
Feb 8, 2018 Defense Drumbeat
"If you are a soldier on a mountaintop in Afghanistan right now or standing near the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, you are not concerned about the 'to-ing' and 'fro-ing' of all this politics, you're concerned about whether your equipment works, whether you are going to get paid, whether the government is going to shut down. We need to take care of essential business first."

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