Defense Drumbeats

Apr 29, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
The House Armed Services Committee is scheduled to begin consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) next week, bringing a new level of transparency to this once closed process. In addition to the new procedure recently introduced to amend the legislation, the committee will utilize a more transparent system to provide media, interested parties, and the general public with access to the legislation prior to it being considered by our Members. Chairman McKeon is going above and beyond new House requirements to post all bill language online the day before consideration by a full committee or one of its subcommittees. In fact, he has instructed Armed Services Committee professional staff to post the descriptive section-by-section analysis and Directive Report Language in addition to bill language....
Apr 20, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
In an interview last Thursday, the Senate’s top Democrat, Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said he doubted the U.S. military would be successful in Afghanistan. Aides rushed to say that Senator Reid supports the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, but failed to clarify unfortunate remarks by the Senate Majority Leader in which he suggests that Americans are right to have a short attention span on the Afghanistan war.
Apr 18, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
The contradictions at the heart of U.S. policy in Libya are becoming more acute.
Apr 15, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) will appear on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers program this Sunday, April 17, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. In addition to watching the Newsmaker program on C-SPAN on Sunday, you can also watch online by visiting C-SPAN’s website.
Apr 11, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, D.C.—As House Armed Services Committee members transition from oversight hearings to writing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) today released the hearing schedule for the week of April 11. The hearings will feature testimony on Arlington National Cemetery, Guantanamo detainee transfer policies and recidivism, and the military construction (MILCON) requests for the military services:
Apr 7, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on a troop funding bill that would ensure troops get paid on time this month, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) on Monday sought to reassure American servicemen and women that a deal could be struck to avoid any disruptions in pay.

Apr 7, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Today’s “Inside the Ring” column in the Washington Times features a letter sent by Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith to Secretary of Defense Gates and Attorney General Holder regarding the Administration’s

Apr 5, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, D.C. —In its 2011 edition of The Military Balance, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), one of the top security think tanks in the world, drew ominous conclusions about global developments in defense policy and armed forces. Speaking to Reuters, IISS head Dr. John Chipman warned, “The United States has always said it would never let another power get to parity so in the next few years it is going to have to make some very significant decisions on what it does.” ...
Apr 1, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the hearing schedule for the week of April 4, which includes updates on the military operations in Libya, humanitarian efforts in Japan and the Pentagon’s repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law and policies. The Armed Services Committee hearing schedule for the week of April 4th follows:
Mar 30, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
You may be familiar with the Congressional Republicans’ YouCut Program—a first-of-its-kind project designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. It allows you to vote, both online and on your cell phone, on spending cuts that you want to see enacted by the House of Representatives. Rep. Allen West, who offered three separate pieces of legislation to cut wasteful defense spending, will take the winning item and offer it to the full House for an up-or-down vote. This will allow you to see where your representative stand on your priorities. This week’s YouCut vote is focused on wasteful defense spending featuring three potential areas of saving: 1. Reduce printing and reproduction budget by 10% 2. Reduce funding for Defense studies, analysis and evaluations 3. Restrict payout of annual nationwide adjustment and locality pay for below satisfactory workers