Category Congress

HASC Chairman Comments On NDAA Passage

THORNBERRY ON NDAA PASSAGE FINAL VOTE: 356-70   WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) made the following statement after final passage of the NDAA Conference Report.  The Conference Report passed the House today with a vote of 356-70.  The conference report will now be approved by the Senate and sent the President for  signature.  This […]

U.S. Congressional Report Identifies 7 Military Options For N. Korea

The 67 page CRS report titled: The North Korean Nuclear Challenge: Military Options and Issues for Congress can be downloaded here: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R44994.pdf   From the summary of the report: In this report, CRS identifies seven possible options, with their implications and attendant risks, for the employment of the military to denuclearize North Korea. These options are  maintaining […]

HASC Chair Warns U.S. Submarines Can’t Submerge

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2017 Contact: HASC Communications (202)-225-2539 LOSING TIME “Every day we live under a continuing resolution is a day we do damage to our military.”  – Mac Thornberry, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee Submarines Can’t Submerge THE PROBLEM: Submarines must receive certification that they are capable of submerging.  The Navy tries to have […]

‘All Bets Off’ For House And Senate Defense Spending Hikes

‘All bets off’ for House and Senate defense spending hikes by Travis J. Tritten for the Washington Examiner | Oct 23, 2017, 12:01 AM   Capitol Hill lawmakers have been hard-pressed by the growing chorus coming from across the river at the Pentagon in recent weeks over passing a budget for 2018. “Our message has been really clear, […]

Lawmakers Block Mini-Satellites That Could Spy On North Korea

Excerpts: The proposal from the Joint Chiefs of Staff was greeted with enthusiasm by some lawmakers as the Trump administration works to counter North Korea’s push to develop nuclear warheads and missiles that could hit the U.S mainland. “It’s something that we really need for many places, particularly Korea,” for constant surveillance, Senator Jack Reed, […]

Rep. Hunter Calls For Pre-Emptive Strike Against North Korea

Rep. Hunter calls for pre-emptive strike against North Korea By Joshua Stewart, www.stripes.com View Original September 22nd, 2017 SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — Rep. Duncan Hunter said that the United States needs to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea in order to prevent the rogue nation from harming the U.S. first. “You could assume, right […]

The Air Force Needs A Budget That Aims Higher

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-air-force-needs-a-budget-that-aims-higher-1505171248 The Air Force Needs A Budget That Aims Higher A return to sequester-level funding would inhibit our ability to fly, fight and win America’s wars. By  Heather Wilson and  David Goldfein Sept. 11, 2017 7:07 p.m. ET   We recently stood on the tarmac at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and watched as the brothers-in-arms of a […]

2018 Budget Fight Delayed, Pentagon Pivots To 2019 Request

2018 Budget Fight Delayed, Pentagon Pivots To 2019 Request By Sandra Erwin, www.realcleardefense.com View Original September 8th, 2017 The deal that President Trump cut with congressional Democrats this week — to fund the government until December, expedite disaster relief for Texas and raise the debt ceiling — has set the stage for all-out war later in the […]

Mattis’ Plan To Modernize Military Faces Uncertain Future

U.S. Air Force SSgt Jette Carr Mattis’ Plan To Modernize Military Faces Uncertain Future  RealClearDefense By Sandra Erwin September 05, 2017 It’s the story line of the Trump agenda: Everything keeps getting pushed further and further back as priorities pile up and infighting escalates. This will no doubt complicate Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ plan to modernize […]

Investigators Repeatedly Warned Navy Ahead Of Deadly Collisions

https://www.wsj.com/articles/investigators-repeatedly-warned-navy-1503703292 Investigators Repeatedly Warned Navy Ahead Of Deadly Collisions Overworked sailors, shortened training schedules and budgets cuts have long been cited as problems The USS John S. McCain, with a hole after a collision, was being escorted to Singapore earlier this week. PHOTO: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES By   Nancy A. Youssef,  Ben Kesling and  Jake Maxwell Watts Aug. 25, 2017 7:21 […]