Defense Drumbeats

Oct 11, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

This weekend, Army leaders used the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting to warn against steep cuts to the Army that could excessively shrink the force, making it difficult to meet the demands of a complex and volatile strategic landscape.

Oct 11, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos recently sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, detailing the critical roles both the Navy and Marine Corps play in national defense and global stability.
Oct 11, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

In Case You Missed It - Armed Services Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon spoke with Martha Maccallum on Fox News about the ramifications of further military cuts, including attempts to make cuts to military pensions and the possible reduction of hundreds of thousands of soldiers.

Watch the video below:

Oct 11, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Washington D.C. – Politico and Fox News joined numerous news organizations in highlighting a memo distributed to House Armed Services Committee Republicans that outlines the precarious state of our military, should the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction fail in its mission and trigger sequestration or other deep defense cuts.

Oct 7, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
View the HASC Budget Impact Memo
Sep 16, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
On Wednesday, Nathan Hodge of the Wall Street Journal warned of the rising costs of a rapidly aging military in a piece entitled “Geriatric U.S. Arsenal Needs Expensive-Lift.”

Hodge describes an Air Force worn by age and stress, along with a shrinking, aging Navy:

Sep 8, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

WASHINGTON, DC - On Wednesday, House Armed Services Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) released “Provide for the Common Defense: The U.S. Military 10 Years After 9/11”. The video highlights the human face and strategic costs of defense decisions motivated by math, not strategy.

Aug 29, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
The Defense Department recently released a report on the Military and Security Developments in China, specifically referencing Beijing’s increasing assertiveness and military capabilities. In an article for Real Clear Politics, Jed Babbin in “China's Economic Sword” writes that “the Beijing regime thinks the first two decades of the 21st Century are a ‘strategic window of opportunity’ in which China’s ‘comprehensive national power’ can be enhanced. A close reading of that report reveals that the continuing the US economic crisis is a principal reason for that belief.’” “The prolonged weakness of the US economy is a double-edged sword for the Communist Chinese. Though they are advantaged by the Obama administration’s increasing unwillingness to fund our defense, our economic instability threatens one of the foundations of the regime. As the Pentagon report says, continued economic development is, to Beijing, a “bedrock of social stability” as well as the means of underwriting the rapid expansion of Chinese military power. They believe that any economic slump could undermine their hold on domestic power. … “According to House Armed Services Committee sources briefed by the Pentagon, any threat to the continued growth of the Chinese economy is considered of ultimate strategic importance to Beijing. China’s economy -- threatened by our economic weakness and Europe’s -- faces a rapid contraction caused in part by a diminution of trade. “But the other side of China’s economic sword poses a great danger to the United States. China watchers have, for nearly a decade, observed Beijing’s enormous military buildup with concern. It’s been more than 500 years since China built a deep-water navy, and it’s well on the way to having a force that can effectively block US intervention in defense of allies such as Taiwan and Japan. China’s air forces are also building to an effective area denial force. The Chinese chose to unveil their new stealthy J-20 fighter while then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates was visiting China, a gesture timed to cause Gates – and the United States – to lose face. The Chinese see themselves as a rising power and America as a global has-been. And they believe that is true in both the military and economic spheres. “However great China’s conventional military buildup is (and we don’t really know because their military spending is well-concealed) China’s dedication to the development of asymmetric weapons is even more intense. In cyberwar, China is probably the world leader and is, as the report cites, responsible for a massive cyberespionage effort. Though the Pentagon report alludes to the likelihood that China is behind major cyberattacks (principally espionage) against the US and other nations, other sources have told me repeatedly that China is clearly behind those and other cyberattacks – some successful – which were aimed at disrupting of destroying US classified computer networks.” … For the remainder of the article, visit Real Clear Politics.
Jul 29, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

** Due to the cancellation of the legislative session for the remainder of the week, the Committee hearings scheduled for the week have been postponed. **

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
(3:00 pm – 2118 Rayburn – Open)

Thursday, August 4, 2011