Committee on Armed Services

Buck McKeon

Russian Violations of the INF Treaty: After detection—what?

2014/07/17

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Russian Violations of the INF Treaty: After detection—what?
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
(10:30am - 2118 Rayburn - OPEN)

Witnesses: 

Mr. Stephen Rademaker
Bipartisan Policy Center, National Security Project Advisor

Mr. Jim Thomas
Vice President and Director of Studies
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) Read More

Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Requirements Assessment

2014/07/16

Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Requirements Assessment  
Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
(2:00 PM– 2212 Rayburn - OPEN)

Witnesses:

Panel 1 

Mr. Shawn Brimley
Executive Vice President and Director of Studies
Center for a New American Security

Mr. Robert Martinage
Senior Fellow
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Mr. Ronald O’Rourke
Specialist in Naval Affairs, Defense Policy and Arms Control Section
Congressional Research Service

Mr. Bryan McGrath
Managing Director
FerryBridge Group LLC



Panel 2 

Mr. Mark Andress
Assistant Deputy Chief of Operations for Information Dominance
Department of Defense

Vice Admiral Paul A. Grosklags, U.S. Navy
Principal Military Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisitions
Department of Defense

Brigadier General Joseph T. Guastella, U.S. Air Force 
Director, Joint Requirements Oversight Council
Department of Defense Read More

Defense Reform: Empowering Acquisition Success

2014/07/10

Thursday July 10, 2014 
Defense Reform: Empowering Acquisition Success

Full Committee
10:00am – 1:00pm -- 2118 Rayburn 

Witnesses:

Ms. Stephanie Barna 
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness and Force Management)

The Honorable Frank Kendall
Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) Read More

Cruiser and Destroyer Modernization and Large Surface Combatant Force Structure Assessment

2014/07/10

Cruiser and Destroyer Modernization and Large Surface Combatant Force Structure Assessment
Subcommittee om Seapower and Projection Forces
3:30pm – 5:30pm -- 2212 Rayburn 

Witnesses:

RADM Lawrence E. Creevy
Deputy Commander for Surface Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 21) 

RADM Thomas S. Rowden
Director, Surface Warfare (N96)

The Honorable Sean Stackley
Assistant Secretary of the Navy Read More

HASC Continues to Focus on Improving Defense Acquisition Outcomes

2014/07/09

Defense Department Officials to Testify on Acquisition Reform this Thursday, July 10th ... Read More

McKeon Statement on President Obama's Land Mine Announcement

2014/06/27

Washington, D.C. - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) made the following statement about President Obama'a announcement today on land mines: 

"Once again, the President makes an end-run around Congress and demonstrates his willingness to place politics above the advice of our military leaders. His announcement today is perfect for a feel good press release but bad for the security of our men and women in uniform.  It is truly an expensive solution in search of a nonexistent problem.  Irresponsible land mine use by other countries has come at a high humanitarian price, but America isn’t part of that problem.  Indeed, we do more than any other country to clean up these irresponsible weapons.  General Dempsey has long declared the responsible land mines we use are an ‘important tool in the arsenal of the Armed Forces of the United States.’  The President owes our military an explanation for ignoring their advice and putting them at risk- all for a Friday morning press release." Read More

McKeon Comments On Overseas Contingency Operations Request

2014/06/26

WASHINGTON- Reacting to Defense News reports of a request for $60 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee made the following statement:

“Once again I have learned important details of a major decision by the Department of Defense by reading it in the press instead of hearing it from Secretary Hagel. This trend seems to be getting worse and I hope that the Secretary of Defense will soon find a way to reverse it.

“The administration delayed this proposal for over four months and now appears to be in a rush to deliver it to the Hill with little detail on how the Department would spend the money.

“Congress is not a rubber stamp. The Armed Services Committee will examine the proposal closely, once it is actually transmitted and details are provided. I have a number of questions that will need to be answered as our Committee considers this request. First, how does OCO reset the equipment returning from hard combat in Afghanistan? Is this request more realistic than the artificially low requests of the past that ultimately harmed readiness? And how does the President’s new $5 billion counterterrorism fund differ from programs we are already resourcing? I look forward to the Department’s testimony before the Committee in the near future, where we will begin to explore these important issues.”

###

Read More

Case Studies in DOD Acquisition: Finding What Works

2014/06/24

Full Committee... Read More

Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund: Examining the Department of Defense and Interagency Process for Verifying Eligibility

2014/06/24

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations... Read More

Leading National Security Voices Calling for Defense Acquisition Reform

2014/06/23

House Armed Services Committee to hold hearing Tuesday, June 24... Read More

McKeon Statement on Successful Ballistic Missile Defense Test

2014/06/23

Washington, D.C. - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) made the following statement today about the Missile Defense Agency's successful Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) test yesterday:

"Sunday's test is a welcome demonstration of the reliability and capability of the nation’s homeland missile defense system and particularly the evolved kill vehicle. Vice Admiral Syring and his team at MDA deserve our thanks and appreciation

 "With ballistic missile threats rising from Iran and North Korea, an increasingly belligerent Russian regime under Mr. Putin, and the first sea-based nuclear threat to the United States from communist China, it is well-past time for the Administration to end its five year assault on the missile defense budget and its programs. We must build on this recent success to defend the U.S. and its allies from a growing threat."

Read More

McKeon, Forbes Statement on Ottawa Convention

2014/06/20

Forbes Amendment Passed by Voice Vote and Was Included in the Defense Appropriations Bill Passed Today with Strong Bipartisan Support... Read More

Chairman McKeon Statement on Passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY2015

2014/06/20

Washington – The Honorable Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, gave the following statement after final passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY2015: 

"I am pleased that the House continued its longstanding tradition and passed this year’s defense appropriations bill with broad bipartisan support. While I recognize that the current budget environment presented Members of the Appropriations Committee with some difficult choices, I believe this bill keeps faith with our warfighters and provides them with the tools they need to ensure our national security. I want to thank House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and Defense Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen for their leadership and their support of our men and women in uniform.” 

Read More

P5+1 Negotiations over Iran’s Nuclear Program and Its Implications for United States Defense

2014/06/19

Full Committee... Read More

McKeon on President Obama's Iraq Statement

2014/06/19

Washington, D.C. - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) said the following about President Obama's statement on the situation in Iraq today:

"Any course the President chooses involves increased risk due to the years of disengagement in the region. This half-step won’t mitigate that risk.  The American people are losing confidence in the President’s stewardship of our National Security.  Our adversaries have been emboldened, and our allies lost confidence a while ago.  There isn’t going to be an immediate resolution to this crisis.  But what is clear is that the United States must be actively engaged or as we are witnessing we put our security at significant risk.  I want to urge the President- for once- to make up his mind and commit to a comprehensive course of action in the region.”

"As part of his approach, the President pledged to work closely with Congress to fund additional assets to Iraq from his new counter terrorism fund. Unfortunately, the President has yet to send a proposal to Congress, even though the law requires proposals of this kind to be submitted in February.  It’s true that the events in Iraq are unraveling rapidly, but if this fund has any merit, the President’s indecisiveness to date now means he has missed the primary opportunities for the House to consider this proposal. The Defense Authorization Act passed the House last month, the Defense Appropriations Act is up for a vote tonight. I am not sure how the President expects us to act if he refuses to send us a proposal."

Read More

POSTPONED Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Requirements Assessment

2014/06/19

Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces... Read More

Readout of House Armed Services Committee Taliban Transfer Briefing

2014/06/18

Washington, D.C. - Members of the House Armed Services Committee today hosted a classified briefing with Administration officials on the transfer of 5 senior Taliban terrorists to Qatar in exchange for therelease of Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal. Briefing Members were: 
 
- Bob Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense
- Stephen Preston, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense
- Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., USN, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Mr. Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director for National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration
- Mr. Michael J. Dumont, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Afghanistan, Pakistan & Central Asia)
 
The details of the briefing are classified.  However, Majority Members who attended the briefing expressed concern about inconsistencies between information relayed in today’s briefing and the earlier unclassified testimony of Secretary of Defense Hagel and DoD General Counsel Stephen Preston. 
 
Commenting on today’s briefing, Chairman McKeon said:  

“Following this briefing, I am even more concerned about the ramifications of this terrorist transfer.  As the details emerge, it is clear that a rigorous investigation into this matter is essential.  It is clear to me that despite claims of a rushed operation, this transfer was months in the making- months when Congress was intentionally left in the dark and possibly deliberately deceived.  I have yet to see evidence that a direct threat to Sgt. Bergdhal’s life generated a sense of urgency that expedited the transfer, and some indications that there was none.  Testimony in this classified session with respect to the parties involved in negotiations contradicts earlier testimony and raises significant concerns about negotiating with terrorists.  In all, there is much we do not understand about who we negotiated with, why the Administration expedited the terrorist transfer, and why the President violated the law.“ 

####


Read More

Chairman McKeon on Capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala

2014/06/17

WASHINGTON: Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala:

 “The world is safer now that Ahmed Abu Khatallah is no longer at liberty, and I congratulate our men and women in uniform for bringing a dangerous terrorist  into US Custody.   The families of those who died in the Benghazi attack may now begin to get some measure of the justice they deserve.  Before any prosecution process begins however, it is vital that Khatallah be fully interrogated.  This act of terrorism was not committed by one man alone- all the perpetrators deserve to be brought to justice and we need as much intelligence as possible regarding the terrorist networks now spreading across Libya. For that reason, and to better protect the United States from future attacks, it is vital that we learn all we can from him before we read him his rights."

###

Read More

National Security Leadership Needed From White House

2014/06/16

"[The President] likes to look at all the options and then act on none of them."... Read More

Chairman McKeon Statement on Situation in Iraq

2014/06/13

WASHINGTON - House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA), made the following statement on the situation in Iraq:

“All Americans should be gravely concerned by the turn of events in Iraq. What once had the potential to be a secular democratic foothold in a vital region has spiraled into chaos and bloodshed. In the near term, I am most concerned about the security of the thousands of dedicated Americans working in Iraq.  The President must make their safety his first concern.

“In the longer term, it is clear that we need a new strategy in Iraq and across the Middle East.  The President had hoped that as America stepped back from the world, other responsible actors would step forward to provide stability. That hasn’t worked.  It isn’t going to work.  Our vacillation and inaction in Syira, abandonment of Iraq, politically driven withdrawal from Afghanistan, and senseless cuts to national security resources has allowed the resurrection of a transnational terrorist threat.  These extremists now have unprecedented wealth, technology, and a safe haven from which to launch attacks on the United States.  They must be stopped.

“The White House has a history of ‘considering all options’ while choosing none.  There are no quick fix solutions to this crisis and I will not support a one shot strike that looks good for the cameras but has no enduring effect.  What is needed here is a new strategy for our regional engagement, adequate resourcing of our national security enterprise, and renewed American leadership.  The President should also ask himself if his White House National Security team is equal to the crisis at hand.  I don’t believe they are. "

###

Read More

There is no media available for this committee.

Contact Information

2340 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4151
Fax 202-225-0858
armedservices.house.gov


Membership

Rob Bishop

UTAH's 1st DISTRICT

Jim Bridenstine

OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

Mo Brooks

ALABAMA's 5th DISTRICT

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

John Fleming

LOUISIANA's 4th DISTRICT

J. Randy Forbes

VIRGINIA's 4th DISTRICT

Trent Franks

ARIZONA's 8th DISTRICT

Chris Gibson

NEW YORK's 19th DISTRICT

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Joe Heck

NEVADA's 3rd DISTRICT

Duncan Hunter

CALIFORNIA's 50th DISTRICT

Walter Jones

NORTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

John Kline

MINNESOTA's 2nd DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

COLORADO's 5th DISTRICT

Frank LoBiondo

NEW JERSEY's 2nd DISTRICT

Buck McKeon

CALIFORNIA's 25th DISTRICT

Jeff Miller

FLORIDA's 1st DISTRICT

Kristi Noem

SOUTH DAKOTA

Rich Nugent

FLORIDA's 11th DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

Scott Rigell

VIRGINIA's 2nd DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

ALABAMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Jon Runyan

NEW JERSEY's 3rd DISTRICT

Austin Scott

GEORGIA's 8th DISTRICT

Bill Shuster

PENNSYLVANIA's 9th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT

Joe Wilson

SOUTH CAROLINA's 2nd DISTRICT

Rob Wittman

VIRGINIA's 1st DISTRICT