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    Obama's Disastrous Stewardship of America's Armed Forces

    Capt. Tom Shanahan didn’t need a full crew. At least, that’s what the Pentagon told him. After all, his ship—the USS Canisteo—was in port for repairs. As the months passed, the Navy assigned more and more Canisteo crew members elsewhere. By the time repairs were complete, Shanahan didn’t have enough … More

    Armed Services Advocate Ike Skelton Passes On

    As long-time Congressman Ike Skelton (D–MO) is laid to rest today, he leaves a legacy on Capitol Hill of bipartisan efforts on the House Armed Services Committee and continued commitment to America’s armed services. First elected in 1976 in western Missouri, Skelton served in the U.S. House for 34 years. … More

    Cloakroom: October 28 – November 1

    House  Analysis: This week the House may consider two bills that would amend Dodd-Frank, the Retail Investor Protection Act and the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act.  On October 30, conferees from the House and Senate will meet to begin conferencing the House and Senate farm bills. Major Floor Action: H.R. 2374 – Retail Investor Protection … More

    Military Facing a “Readiness Crisis”

    The U.S. military is about to face its “greatest readiness crisis” since the Vietnam War due to defense cuts, according to a recent opinion piece written by several House Armed Services Committee members. Representatives J. Randy Forbes (R–VA), Rob Wittman (R–VA), and Scott Rigell (R–VA) penned the article after a … More

    Benghazi: State Department Accountability Under Scrutiny

    Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) held the first in a series of three important Benghazi hearings. This week the focus is the actions—or lack thereof—of the U.S. government as we pass the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi. “Benghazi: Where Is … More

    In the Midst of the Syria Crisis, the Military Is Not "Ready for Anything"

    The headline above a September 13 article in Politico blares that the Department of Defense is stating that the U.S. military is “ready for anything.” This statement comes in the context of the conflict in Syria while sequestration is almost complete for fiscal year 2013, and the leadership of the … More

    How Presidents Carter and Obama Both Missed the Mark on Defense

    As Congress enters its final review of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. is once again facing the threat of a hollow military. Although the characteristics of President Obama’s drawdown might differ from President Carter’s mishandling of the issue in the late 1970s, the two presidencies share some … More

    Hill Concern over U.S.–Burma Military Engagement Grows

    First, the House of Representatives moved to draw a line on American engagement with the Burmese military. Now, the Senate is beginning to stir. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House a couple of weeks ago contains language expressing the sense of Congress that “the Department of … More

    House Pushes Back on Obama’s Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

    The House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) advances U.S. national interests when it comes to U.S. nuclear weapons. The bill prohibits elimination of the nuclear triad and limits availability of funds for further nuclear reductions. The President’s previous arms control treaty, the New Strategic Arms Reduction … More

    House Committee's National Defense Authorization Act: A First Peek

    Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund U.S. forces. The Heritage Foundation recently set 10 issues that can improve U.S. security and advance its alliance relationships. While the HASC hasn’t released its full report yet, here are some of the … More