Defense Drumbeats

Mar 16, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, D.C.—In response to a question from Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby....(click for video)
Mar 15, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
According to a new Rasmussen Poll, a majority (58%) of American say the terrorist detention facility at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba should not be closed, while the number in favor of closure is down 15 points to its lowest level of support ever.
Mar 15, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
In an op-ed published Tuesday in The Hill newspaper, Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) drew on his experiences from a recent fact-finding trip to Afghanistan and urged Members of Congress to support General Petraeus and our troops in their efforts to consolidate significant progress into a lasting strategic victory for the United States and its Afghan allies.
Mar 9, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
President Obama took unilateral action this week to create new administrative review procedures for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without consulting Congress—a move that fails to comprehensively address America’s terrorist prosecution and detention policies. Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon and members of the committee immediately put forth a more comprehensive legislative solution aimed at dealing with the issue in light of a full spectrum of national security concerns.
Mar 7, 2011 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2011)—On his thirteenth visit to Afghanistan as Defense Secretary, Robert Gates voiced support for a long-term commitment to the American mission in Afghanistan. As reported by the Washington Post, Gates told soldiers at U.S. and NATO headquarters, “Obviously it would be a small fraction of the presence that we have today, but I think we’re willing to do that…My sense is [Afghan officials] are interested in having us do that.” He also noted negotiations with the Afghan government for a security partnership extending into the future.
Dec 27, 2010 Defense Drumbeat
On December 21, incoming Chairman Buck McKeon issued a statement announcing the chairmen of the Armed Services subcommittees for the 112th Congress. Compiled of experienced lawmakers, McKeon indicated that his new leadership team will allow the Armed Services Committee to hit the ground running when the gavel opens the 112th Congress.
Dec 21, 2010 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, D.C. (October 6, 2010)—The leaders of three conservative public policy groups recently penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal arguing that defense spending is not the cause for the nation’s soaring deficits and is not “an appropriate target for indiscriminate budget-slashing in a still-dangerous world.” Instead, they argue that the government’s investment in defense, which only accounts for 4.9 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, is not “an appropriate target for indiscriminate budget-slashing in a still-dangerous world.”
Dec 21, 2010 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, D.C. (December 14, 2010)—Ignoring the concerns raised by the top officers in the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are pushing ahead with plans to overturn the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. This renewed effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is gaining momentum even as the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, which authorizes the Department of Defense and national security programs in the Department of Energy, moves into “uncharted territory.”
Dec 21, 2010 Defense Drumbeat
Washington, D.C. (December 15, 2010)—Proponents of repealing the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law yesterday demanded that the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps either “fall in line and salute” or “resign now” after the nation’s top Marine “expressed concern that repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell; could cost Marine lives.”