Defense Drumbeats

Sep 8, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
Defense readiness challenges are a major focus this year of the Committee’s oversight, as well as a major emphasis of the House-passed FY17 NDAA. The safety, security, and reliability of our nuclear weapons are no exception. Not only must Congress help ensure that the people who work in the nuclear enterprise are ready, lawmakers also have a responsibility to ensure that the tools and infrastructure involved are ready as well.
Sep 8, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON – Troops will see yet another low pay raise next year if President Barack Obama has his way, but the president’s decision to limit an increase to 1.6 percent is not necessarily a done deal.
Sep 6, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
Press reports continue to highlight readiness shortfalls in the realm of Navy and Marine Corps F-18 Hornet fighter aircraft.
Aug 31, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
David Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon, both accomplished professionals, have reached the pinnacle of their respective career fields. General Petraeus led the “Surge” in Iraq, one of America’s greatest military achievements, while Dr. O’Hanlon was among the first scholars to recognize, against the judgment of his peers, that the “Surge” had changed the facts on the ground in Iraq. That's why their calling talk of a crisis in U.S. military readiness a “myth” is a head-scratching disappointment...
Aug 8, 2016 Defense Drumbeat

By Chirman Mac Thornberry
Excerpts Below - Full Piece Here in RealClearDefense

Jul 14, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
It's something akin to raising the dead. A troubling shortage of flyable combat aircraft -- one military official recently called the air fleet the "smallest, oldest and least ready" in history -- is forcing the military to go to its "boneyard."
Jul 12, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
Republican leaders in Congress are demanding President Obama seek additional funding to pay for new troops heading to Iraq and those staying in Afghanistan, potentially setting up a bitter political fight just as lawmakers are negotiating a final defense policy bill.
Jul 8, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, delivered remarks and sat down for a discussion on the National Defense Authorization Act with the Heritage Foundation. To watch the event in its entirety click here.
Jun 7, 2016 Defense Drumbeat
YESTERDAY, Mike Rogers, former Congressman from Michigan, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and former U.S. Army officer, highlighted the military readiness crisis facing the nation during his radio segment "Something To Think About." Listen to his thoughts here.
Jun 2, 2016 Defense Drumbeat