Defense Drumbeats

Sep 6, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
This summer, 42 service members died in accidents related to readiness challenges impacting the U.S. Military. Seventeen Sailors were killed aboard the USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald; separate accidents claimed the lives of 19 Marines and 6 Soldiers.
Aug 10, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
“In a bipartisan vote last month, the House of Representatives approved legislation that would direct the Defense Department to build a new 'space corps' within the Air Force… The U.S. Space Command is currently housed within the Air Force, and the House proposal calls for it to become a separate service while still reporting to the secretary of the Air Force… it would not become a new department with its own secretary, although [Rep. Mike] Rogers has warned that might be necessary in the future. Rogers and [Rep. Jim] Cooper’s chief complaints about the Air Force’s handling of space are both bureaucratic and cultural. For years, they say, the Air Force has raided funds from the Space Command to cover cost-overruns for other projects. And it has failed to promote space leaders up the chain of command.”...
Jul 27, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) joined America's Newsroom on Fox News to talk about reports that Iran launched a satellite into space, as well as sanctions bills moving through the Congress. Read some of the highlights below and watch the entire interview here:
Jul 14, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
On Monday 15 Marines and one Navy sailor died when a Marine KC-130 crashed, with debris covering a field in Mississippi. It’s too early to draw conclusions about what caused the transport plane to suffer a catastrophic failure on its flight from North Carolina to California, reportedly at cruising altitude. But such tragedies are becoming more routine and deserve some attention.
Jul 14, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON - Today the House passed the NDAA with a strong bipartisan vote of 344-81. Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), of the House Armed Services Committee, delivered a closing floor speech in support of the bill. Read some of his remarks below and watch the speech here:
Jul 13, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
As the House debates the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act this week, the conservative Heritage Foundation has just released an influential report that argues defense spending should be “sized to our obligations” and underwrite the capabilities needed to meet those obligations.
Jul 13, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) opposed an amendment that ties any authorized spending on defense to the amount spent on non-defense priorities.
Jul 13, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
The FY18 NDAA, which does not authorize a BRAC round, passed through Committee with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 60 to 1.
Jul 12, 2017 Defense Drumbeat

WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Thornberry (R-TX) joined Speaker Ryan, Leader McCarthy, Conference Chair McMorris Rodgers and others to talk about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) at the leadership stakeout.

Jun 26, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON - Friday, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) joined C-SPAN's Newsmakers to talk about the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act. Thornberry released the bill today ahead of the Committee's markup on Wednesday. To watch the entire segment click below: