Defense Drumbeats

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
Mar 30, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen

Mar 29, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

On Wednesday, the Armed Services Committee will hear from the leaders of SOUTHCOM, NORTHCOM, and EUCOM for their respective budget requests.

Mar 25, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
**Wednesday, March 30, 2011** Full Committee (10:00am – 2118 Rayburn – Open) **Thursday, March 31, 2011** Subcommittee on Strategic Forces (9:30am – 2212 Rayburn – Open) Subcommittee on Readiness (11:30am – 2118 Rayburn – Open) Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces (3:30pm – 2118 Rayburn – Open) **Friday, April 1, 2011** Subcommittee on Military Personnel (9:30am – 2212 Rayburn – Open) (click Read More for more information on each hearing)
Mar 25, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
In an op-ed published in the Washington Post this morning, Chairman McKeon argues that President Obama needs to outline clear strategic objectives for the American involvement in Libya. Congress, the American people, and the men and women serving in Operation Odyssey Dawn deserve to have a clear understanding of what our objective is and how we achieve it.
Mar 24, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Unless the law changes, the F-35 competitive engine is a congressionally authorized and appropriated program.
Mar 22, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, DC - As Coalition forces launch Operation Odyssey Dawn to enforce the United Nations-approved no-fly zone over Libya, the ultimate objective of the operation has been left unclear, according to House Republican leaders. In a recent New York Times article, Helen Cooper and David Sanger draw attention to House Speaker John Boehner and Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon’s comments that the Administration has still yet to explain what the use of military force will accomplish...
Mar 17, 2011 Defense Drumbeat

Washington, D.C. (Permalink)—America’s senior military officer in Afghanistan yesterday told the House Armed Services Committee that the passage of a resolution mandating the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan would be viewed as a “victory” by al-Qaeda and the terrorist organization’s patron, the Taliban.  General Petraeus, the commander of U.S.