Category Congress

U.S. Eavesdropping Program Goes Silent

U.S. Eavesdropping Program Goes Silent BETSY WOODRUFF 04.21.17 4:05 PM ET By The Daily Beast, www.thedailybeast.com View Original April 21st, 2017 It’s long been considered one of the most important ways American spies gather information overseas. But in 2016, it apparently went dark. Something a little funny might be going on in America’s most secretive court. According […]

Hill Republicans Say They’re Growing Frustrated With Mattis

But Republican lawmakers and senior congressional aides said in recent interviews they’re running out of patience with Mattis’ staffing decisions, which have disappointed Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee hoping to see their ideological allies elevated to senior levels in the Defense Department. Others are grumbling about Mattis’ refusal to advocate a bigger […]

HASC Chairman Thornberry On Defense Budget Outline: “We Can & Should Do More”

For Immediate Release:February 27, 2017 Contact:Claude Chafin (202) 225-2539   THORNBERRY ON LOW DEFENSE BUDGET OUTLINE NUMBER‘WE CAN AND SHOULD DO MORE’ WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following comments in response to reports that the Trump Administration plans to offer a $603 billion budget […]

Thornberry, Smith, Announce Final Subcommittee Roster

THORNBERRY, SMITH ANNOUNCE FINAL SUBCOMMITTEE ROSTERS Washington D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) today announced the final majority and minority members who will lead and serve on subcommittees for the 115th Congress. Mr. O’Rourke will serve as Vice Ranking Member of the Committee.  One additional Democratic […]

Thornberry Announces HASC Committee Vice Chairs

For Immediate Release: February 16, 2017 Contact: HASC Communications (202) 225-2539 THORNBERRY ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE VICE CHAIRS WASHINGTON – Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced Subcommittee Vice Chairs for the 115th Congress. Appointing the Vice Chairs, Thornberry said: “The world remains a dangerous place with threats increasing in every […]

Analyst: “Stunning” Amount Of Classified Information Being Leaked Against Trump Administration

Analyst: “Stunning” Amount Of Classified Information Being Leaked Against Trump Administration By Chip Reid, www.cbsnews.com View Original February 15th, 2017 When the president spoke of illegal leaks of classified information, he was right, of course. “These people have committed a potential federal felony in talking to the reporters, and that ought to disturb us,” says CBS News senior […]

Howard Baker’s Words And The Flynn Controversy

Excerpt: Now there is the question of why, after Trump learned from his counsel on Jan. 26, did it take him until late evening of Feb. 13 to fire him. One answer: The Washington Post published a story on the morning of Feb. 13 about the Justice Department informing the White House about the substance […]

The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins

This is disturbing, disappointing, dangerous, and wrong on so many levels.  Perhaps I was naive; but, I never saw this kind of partisanship in my 33 years in the Intelligence Community (IC).  You just did not do it.  It was certainly rare, and the uncommon exception and almost never done.  You are a civil servant […]

With Trump, Congress Can Kill Sequester: Thornberry

With Trump, Congress Can Kill Sequester: Thornberry breakingdefense.com · by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. Rep. Mac Thornberry CAPITOL HILL: Can Congress finally break the logjam of the Budget Control Act and increase spending on defense? Yes we can, said the cautiously optimistic chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Why are the chances any better this year than for all the […]

NDAA Conference Rpt: Establishes USCYBERCOM; Puts Special Ops On Potential Path As 6th Service

Comments just below and in bold are by/from Dave Maxwell: Of course the big news is establishing Cyber Command as a combatant command.   However, there is some very interesting language regarding SOF in the NDAA Conference Report (not the final bill).  As a friend relayed to me this is the most progressive language for […]