Defense Drumbeats

Sep 14, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
Following a summer in which 42 service members died in accidents connected to a military readiness crisis, Congress voted to impose yet another continuing resolution on America’s men and women in uniform. This is the ninth time in a row that the US Military will start the year with a CR. As Chairman Thornberry pointed out in the Washington Post , “CRs… present a stark risk. Continuing to govern from fiscal cliff to fiscal cliff — as we have done for years now — forces the military to limp along on stopgap funding and would shortchange it over $60 billion through fiscal year 2018 compared with the bipartisan House position.”
Sep 8, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee hosted a hearing to discuss the recent Naval accidents. The discussion also turned to the ongoing readiness issues the Navy faces, including reduced training, long deployments and continued budget uncertainty. Below are excerpts from some of the stories identifying critical readiness shortfalls:
Sep 8, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
This summer, the nation mourned the 42 service members who died in accidents related to readiness challenges across our military. The deaths of 17 sailors aboard the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald, along with separate accidents claiming the lives of 19 Marines and six soldiers, grabbed the nation’s attention. But words of sorrow do not sufficiently honor their deaths, let alone prevent further incidents. It is essential to reverse the consequences of Washington’s funding paralysis and do what is right by those who raise their hands to serve.
Sep 7, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
"With hurricane relief and the debt ceiling grabbing the headlines, it will be easy to overlook today’s Congressional hearing on recent ship collisions in the Pacific Ocean. But policymakers should not.
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.

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