Defense Drumbeats

Mar 25, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
**Wednesday, March 30, 2011** Full Committee (10:00am – 2118 Rayburn – Open) **Thursday, March 31, 2011** Subcommittee on Strategic Forces (9:30am – 2212 Rayburn – Open) Subcommittee on Readiness (11:30am – 2118 Rayburn – Open) Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces (3:30pm – 2118 Rayburn – Open) **Friday, April 1, 2011** Subcommittee on Military Personnel (9:30am – 2212 Rayburn – Open) (click Read More for more information on each hearing)
Mar 25, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
In an op-ed published in the Washington Post this morning, Chairman McKeon argues that President Obama needs to outline clear strategic objectives for the American involvement in Libya. Congress, the American people, and the men and women serving in Operation Odyssey Dawn deserve to have a clear understanding of what our objective is and how we achieve it.
Mar 24, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Unless the law changes, the F-35 competitive engine is a congressionally authorized and appropriated program.
Mar 22, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, DC - As Coalition forces launch Operation Odyssey Dawn to enforce the United Nations-approved no-fly zone over Libya, the ultimate objective of the operation has been left unclear, according to House Republican leaders. In a recent New York Times article, Helen Cooper and David Sanger draw attention to House Speaker John Boehner and Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon’s comments that the Administration has still yet to explain what the use of military force will accomplish...
Mar 17, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Washington, D.C. (Permalink)—America’s senior military officer in Afghanistan yesterday told the House Armed Services Committee that the passage of a resolution mandating the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan would be viewed as a “victory” by al-Qaeda and the terrorist organization’s patron, the Taliban.  General Petraeus, the commander of U.S.

Mar 16, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, D.C.—In response to a question from Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby....(click for video)
Mar 15, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
According to a new Rasmussen Poll, a majority (58%) of American say the terrorist detention facility at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba should not be closed, while the number in favor of closure is down 15 points to its lowest level of support ever.
Mar 15, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
In an op-ed published Tuesday in The Hill newspaper, Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) drew on his experiences from a recent fact-finding trip to Afghanistan and urged Members of Congress to support General Petraeus and our troops in their efforts to consolidate significant progress into a lasting strategic victory for the United States and its Afghan allies.
Mar 9, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
President Obama took unilateral action this week to create new administrative review procedures for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without consulting Congress—a move that fails to comprehensively address America’s terrorist prosecution and detention policies. Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon and members of the committee immediately put forth a more comprehensive legislative solution aimed at dealing with the issue in light of a full spectrum of national security concerns.