Defense Drumbeats

Jun 23, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Wednesday night, the President announced an aggressive drawdown that appears to conform to a politically motivated timetable set out in 2009. This drawdown will remove 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, followed by 23,000 more by summer 2012.

Admiral Mullen Testifies to House Armed Services Committee about Drawdown Plan

Jun 14, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Eighteen months after President Obama ordered a surge of U.S. troops into Afghanistan, the president and his advisers are debating how many troops to withdraw from the country beginning next month. As this debate continues in the White House and around the country, there is growing skepticism about the wisdom of such a drawdown with substantial progress at stake.
Jun 1, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

A recent article in the Weekly Standard extolled the defense funding levels agreed to in the U.S. House and commended the Armed Services Committee and Chairman Buck McKeon for his work.

May 25, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Washington, D.C.---Former CIA Director and Air Force General Michael Hayden wrote to the Armed Service Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), offering support and thanks for including an affirmation of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in this year’s defense bill. 

May 18, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Washington, D.C. (Permalink) -  Two major newspaper editorial boards and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution have decried accusations that a provision in the National Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 would expand the war on terrorism.

May 6, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Yesterday, the Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) spoke before the Heritage Foundation, outlining his vision for a robust defense force meant to meet current and future national security challenges. This vision stands in contrast to the Obama Administration’s proposal to cut $400 billion dollars from the defense budget over the next 12

May 6, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
With GE and Rolls-Royce promising to fund the program, taxpayers can now realize the benefits of competition at no expense.
May 6, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
During a speech at the Heritage Foundation today, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee announced his support for a new and innovative approach to fund weapons procurement in tough fiscal times.

News of the partnership circulated quickly and below is some of the coverage from today’s announcement:

May 5, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Chairman Buck McKeon spoke before the Heritage Foundation on May 5 for the opening address in the Protect America Month series. The full text of the speech is below: (PDF Version availalbe here) Howard P. “Buck” McKeon Speech to the Heritage Foundation May 5, 2011 Thank you Dr. Holmes, and thank you to the Heritage Foundation for hosting me this morning. I don’t think there’s a better way to open your Protect America month than by offering heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to the team that eliminated Osama Bin Laden. To fly deep into Pakistani territory and successfully attack an entrenched enemy on his home turf, well… that’s not an easy thing to do. Their professionalism and courage brings great credit on themselves and the United States of America. ...
May 3, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Visit the NDAA Homepage for information related to the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Latest Information includes all amendments and roll call votes.

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