Defense Drumbeats

May 5, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Chairman Buck McKeon spoke before the Heritage Foundation on May 5 for the opening address in the Protect America Month series. The full text of the speech is below: (PDF Version availalbe here) Howard P. “Buck” McKeon Speech to the Heritage Foundation May 5, 2011 Thank you Dr. Holmes, and thank you to the Heritage Foundation for hosting me this morning. I don’t think there’s a better way to open your Protect America month than by offering heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to the team that eliminated Osama Bin Laden. To fly deep into Pakistani territory and successfully attack an entrenched enemy on his home turf, well… that’s not an easy thing to do. Their professionalism and courage brings great credit on themselves and the United States of America. ...
May 3, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Visit the NDAA Homepage for information related to the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Latest Information includes all amendments and roll call votes.
Apr 29, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Chairman McKeon published an op-ed today discussing the Obama Administration’s announced plan to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the defense budget over a 12 year period. McKeon expressed heavy skepticism and issued a warning about the cuts in the USA

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