Defense Drumbeats

Mar 7, 2012 Defense Drumbeat
In an interview on Fox News last week, retired four star and former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, General Jack Keane was asked about comments President Obama made to ABC News claiming he listens to his commanders on the ground.
Mar 5, 2012 Defense Drumbeat

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that China’s Communist Party rulers plan to boost military spending by 11 percent this year.  As a result, China’s public defense budget will pass the $100 billion mark for the first time.  In the pa

Feb 22, 2012 Defense Drumbeat

1. Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of the Air Force
Full Committee
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 –10:00am –2118 Rayburn – Open

The Honorable Michael B. Donley
Secretary of the Air Force

General Norton A. Schwartz, USAF
Chief of Staff
U. S. Air Force

Feb 21, 2012 Defense Drumbeat

By Max Boot
Commentary Magazine

Feb 8, 2012 Defense Drumbeat

1. Full Committee

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 –10:00am –2118 Rayburn – Open

The committee will meet to receive testimony on the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense.


The Honorable Leon E. Panetta
Secretary of Defense

Feb 6, 2012 Defense Drumbeat

Further budget cuts will erode our security and put the country back on a path leading to another ill-equipped and ill-prepared military — as in 2001. It was unacceptable then, and it’s unacceptable now.” 

Jan 10, 2012 Defense Drumbeat

Washington -- After the President released his new defense strategy last week, it did not take long for military analysts, editorial boards and members of the House Armed Services Committee to recognize the danger in a strategy that retreats from world leadership at a time of uncertainty and makes America less safe.

Dec 16, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Washington – Armed Services Committee Members Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Tim Griffin (R-AR) each firmly clarified and dismissed myths and misinformation about the National Defense Authorization Act and the detainee provisions in the conference report. Griffin's radio segment and Thornberry's thorough blog post on the matter are both included below: