Category Senate

Pentagon: ‘Play Hardball’ Against Ryan Plan

Excerpt: The memo is more evidence of frayed ties between Congress and the Pentagon’s civilian leaders. Key lawmakers and their aides have been complaining for months about their toxic relationship with the Pentagon under Carter. “We have less communication than any secretary of defense that I’ve ever been associated with,” Senate Armed Services Chairman John […]

‘DNC Hacker’ Unmasked: He Really Works for Russia, Researchers Say ‘DNC Hacker’ Unmasked: He Really Works for Russia, Researchers Say by Shane Harris,Nancy A. Youssef  July 26, 2016  3 min read  original The hacker who claimed to compromise the DNC swore he was Romanian. But new research shows he worked directly for the Vladimir Putin government in Moscow. The hacker who claims to have stolen emails […]

More On The Concealed Provisions Of The Iran Nuclear Deal: Less Limits On Nuke Development AP Exclusive: Document Shows Less Limits On Iran Nuke Work July 18, 2016 View photos FILE — In this July 14, 2015 file photo, young Iranian men cheer and show victory signs while holding a picture of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, reading “Zarif is Mosaddegh of our time,” comparing Zarif to Mohammad Mosaddegh, […]

What’s Eating Bill McRaven: Is Congress Too Ignorant Of The Military? What’s Eating Bill McRaven: Is Congress Too Ignorant Of The Military? by James Kitfield  8 min read  original The US military is still at war but Washington is not. The resulting tensions are eroding the fundamental compact between America’s warrior and political classes. The recent op-ed by retired Adm. William McRaven, former head of Special Operations Command and the man […]

Obama Admin Hiding Info On $1.7B ‘Ransom Payment’ To Iran From Congress Obama Admin Hiding Info On $1.7B ‘Ransom Payment’ to Iran From Congress   Lawmakers working to force full disclosure about taxpayer cash for Tehran BY:  Adam Kredo              June 30, 2016 1:35 pm The Obama administration is withholding from congressional leaders documents and information related to a $1.7 billion U.S. taxpayer funded payout to Iran […]

Intelligence Oversight: Forewarned Is Forearmed

In their report on the 2017 Intelligence Authorization bill that the House passed overwhelmingly by a 371-35 vote Tuesday night, members fenced off $20 million in next year’s spending bill until the Department of Defense (DoD) certifies it is “in compliance with intelligence notification requirements as established” by law. The committee (referred to informally as […]

McCain Panel Makes Ambitious Attempt To Streamline Balkanized Military Chain Of Command

Seven key points summarized below:   National Security Council.  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  Combatant Commands. General and Admirals. Office of the Secretary of Defense. Staffs and Headquarters.  Strategy Documents.   Conclusion: Collectively, the strategic-integration proposals contained in the Senate Armed Services Committees 2017 authorization bill would simplify and improve the functioning of a byzantine military system […]

Why Intelligence Oversight Matters: Congress Is Key To A Public Debate

Excerpts: The George W. Bush administration made a major mistake in bypassing Congress to set up the post-9/11 surveillance architecture. As someone who was briefed on those efforts as Ranking Member on House Intelligence, I can tell you that no substantive debate was ever held outside the executive branch, let alone the kind of discussion that […]

SASC NDAA: McCain Kills Kendall’s Job, F-35 JPO, 25% Of Generals

Dueling SASC and HASC.  Read Later SASC NDAA: McCain Kills Kendall’s Job, F-35 JPO, 25% Of Generals by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.  5 min read  original Sen. John McCain and Rep Mac Thornberry, chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees WASHINGTON: In their dueling drafts of the annual defense bill, Senate Armed Services […]

New Stanford Class Targets U.S. National Security Problems With Silicon Valley-Style Innovation

The students’ primary mission will be to produce products that can help keep Americans and our allies safe, at home and abroad, according to Blank. Former U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Joe Felter, who helped create the class and co-teaches with Blank, said the American military needs to find new ways to maintain its technological […]