Committee on Armed Services

Mac Thornberry

Update on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program and the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

2015/03/05

Witnesses:

Lt Gen Christopher C. Bogdan, USAF
Program Executive Officer
F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office

Secretary Sean J. Stackley
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (RDA)

Mr. Michael Sullivan
Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues
Governmental Accountability Office (GAO)

Dr. Michael Gilmore
Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E)

Testimony & Additional Information

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U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Posture in Afghanistan: Post-2014 Transition, Risks, and Lessons Learned

2015/03/04

Witnesses:

General John Campbell, USA
Commander of Operation Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan

Testimony & Additional Information 

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Cyber Operations: Improving the Military Cyber Security Posture in an Uncertain Threat Enviornment

2015/03/04

Witnesses:

Admiral Michael Rogers, USN
Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

Lieutenant General Edward C. Cardon, USA
Commander, U.S. Army Cyber Command

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, USN
Commander, Navy Fleet Cyber Command/ 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F)

Major General Daniel J. O'Donohue, USMC
Commanding General, MARFORCYBER

Major General Burke E. Wilson, USAF
Commander, 24th Air Force

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Air Force Projection Forces Aviation Programs and Capabilities for Fiscal Year 2016

2015/03/04

Witnesses:

Dr. William A. LaPlante
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Acquisition

LT Gen James M. “Mike” Holmes
Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements

Testimony & Additional Information

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The President's Proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force Against ISIL and U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Posture in the Greater Middle East

2015/03/03

Witnesses:

Ms. Christine Wormuth
Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

General Lloyd Austin, USA
Commander of U.S. CENTCOM

Testimony & Additional Information

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Alignment of Infrastructure Investment and Risk and Defense Strategic Requirements

2015/03/03

Witnesses:

Mr John Conger
Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
Energy, Installations, and Environment

Honorable Katherine Hammack
Assistant Secretary of the Army
Installations, Energy, and Environment

Mr. Dennis V. McGinn
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Energy, Installations, and Environment

Ms. Miranda A. A. Ballentine
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Installations, Environment, and Energy

Testimony & Additional Information 

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Thornberry Releases Budget Views & Estimates Letter

2015/02/27

WASHINGTON—Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), together with 30 other majority members of the Committee, today sent a “views and estimates” letter to the House Budget Committee. The letter is an annual requirement as part of the budget process. The letter requests a... Read More

Chairman Thornberry's Views and Estimates Letter

2015/02/27


Outside Perspectives on the President’s Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

2015/02/26

Witnesses:

General Jack Keane, USA (Ret.)
Former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army  

Robert M. Chesney
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Charles I. Francis Professor in Law
University of Texas 

Benjamin Wittes
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies
Brookings Institution

Testimony & Additional Information 

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Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Strategic Forces

2015/02/26

Witnesses:

Admiral Cecil D. Haney, USN
Commander
United States Strategic Command 

Mr. Brian P. McKeon
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Department of Defense

Testimony and Additional Information

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How is DOD responding to Emerging Security Challenges in Europe

2015/02/25

Witnesses:

General Philip Breedlove, USAF
Commander, Supreme Allied Command Europe and U.S. European Combatant Command  

Ms. Christine Wormuth
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Testimony & Additional Information

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Chairman Thronberry Previews Tomorrow's AUMF Hearing

2015/02/25

WASHINGTON--Tomorrow the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled, "Outside Perspectives on the President’s Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant." Witnesses will include: General Jack Keane, USA (Ret.), Former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Robert M. Chesney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Charles I. Francis Professor in Law, University of Texas, and Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution. Read More

Information Technology Investments and Programs: Supporting Current Operations and Planning for the Future Threat Enviornment

2015/02/25

Witnesses:

The Honorable Terry Halvorsen
Acting Department of Defense Chief Information Officer 

Lieutenant General Robert S. Ferrell, United States Army
Chief Information Officer / G-6 

Lt Gen William J. Bender, United States Air Force
Chief, Information Dominance & Chief Information Officer 

Dr. John Zangardi
Acting Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations and Space 

Brigadier General Kevin J. Nally, United States Marine Corps
Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4)/Chief Information Officer of the Marine Corps

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Chairman Wilson's Opening Statement

2015/02/25

WASHINGTON - Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities made the following opening statement for today's hearing entitled "Information Technology Investments and Programs: Supporting Current Operations and Planning for the Future Threat Environment". Read More

Chairman Forbes' Opening Statement

2015/02/25

Chairman Forbes' Opening Statement
Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
 “Department of the Navy Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Seapower and Projection Forces” 
                                                                      

WASHINGTON - Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces made the following opening statement for today's hearing entitled "Department of the Navy Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Seapower and Projection Forces"

"I want to welcome all of our members and the distinguished panel of Navy and Marine Corps leaders for today’s hearing.

We have testifying before us on the fiscal year 2015 budget request:

The Honorable Sean Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition;

Vice Admiral Joe Mulloy, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources; and

Lieutenant General Kenneth Glueck, Jr., Deputy Commandant for Combat Development, Integration, and Commanding General of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

Thank you all for testifying today and we look forward to your thoughts and insights on these important issues.

As to the FY16 budget request, I believe that the budget request is a good step forward to support our national defense but I am concerned that the overall administration’s request does little to obviate the impact of sequestration.  Unless this administration and Congress can begin meaningful negotiations on overall national budget direction, I am fearful that sequestration will continue doing grievous and long lasting harm to our national security.  At a time of increased instability around the world, both in Iraq and Syria and countless locations throughout the world, it is time to place our service members before any partisan ideologies and ensure that our national security is secured.

As to specific elements of the budget request, I continue to have concern about the submarine industrial base and the significant workload that stands before us.  The 30-year shipbuilding plan presumes a stiff ramp in FY19 with the start of construction of the Ohio class replacement program.   This effort will require an almost 50% increase in our overall submarine industrial capacity.  I think that we should review options to better manage the industrial base and to accelerate collateral submarine investments like the Virginia Payload Module.  

I am also concerned about placement of up to 6 cruisers in this so called “phased modernization” plan.  I continue to view with great skepticism the Navy’s intent to put these cruisers into a long term layup status and I am not confident that the cruisers placed into this status will ever return to active service.  I look forward to the Navy explaining to this subcommittee how reducing our cruiser force structure by 25% increases our national security.

As to the Marine Corps, I am also concerned about our amphibious lift capabilities both in terms of large deck amphibious ships and their supporting assault vessels.  As to the large deck amphibious ships, I want to understand how stripping down a successful LPD-17 hull builds the requisite capability for the Marine Corps in the new LX(R) procurement plan.  I also want to understand how the combination of Joint High Speed Vessels, Amphibious Combat Vehicles, LCAC and ship to shore connectors work in concert to support a combined lift effort.  I believe we need to have some assurance that these programs are sufficiently resourced and are integrated into the overall defense plans.

Finally, I want to commend the Navy and Marine Corps team for continuing to place an emphasis on industrial base stability to the ship construction accounts.  I think the overall acquisition plan that provides block procurements of essential national defense elements like the Virginia class submarine and Arleigh Burke class destroyer serve as a credible strategy to provide essential capabilities at a reduced cost.  When we discuss acquisition reform on this committee, I can think of no better reform effort than to couple a long term procurement strategy with a stable appropriation stream.  Building for the long term using stable requirements saves money.  

Once again I want to thank our witness for participating in our hearing this afternoon and I look forward to discussing these important topics.

With that, I turn to my good friend and colleague, the ranking member of the subcommittee, Joe Courtney." 

                                                                     

 

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Department of the Navy Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Seapower and Projection Forces

2015/02/25

Witnesses:

The Honorable Sean J. Stackley
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) 

Vice Admiral Joseph P. Mulloy
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources 

Lieutenant General Kenneth Glueck, Jr. USMC
Deputy Commandant for Combat Development, and Integration; and
Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command

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Thornberry Previews Hearing on Emerging Security Challenges in Europe

2015/02/24

WASHINGTON--Tomorrow the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled, "How is DOD responding to Emerging Security Challenges in Europe?" Witnesses will include: General Philip Breedlove, USAF, Commander, Supreme Allied Command Europe and U.S. European Combatant Command and Ms. Christine Wormuth, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Read More

HASC Hearing Schedule: March 2-6

2015/02/24

WASHINGTON - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released the following schedule featuring (6) hearings the week of March 2-6, 2015. Read More

HASC Hearing Announcement: AUMF

2015/02/19

WASHINGTON - Today House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) announced a full committee hearing on Outside Perspectives on the President's Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In comments last week... Read More

Shortchanging Missile Defense

2015/02/19

Within days of President Obama releasing his fiscal 2016 defense budget this month, Pakistan tested a nuclear-capable Ra’ad short-range missile, Russia announced plans to test a new RS-26 intercontinental ballistic missile, Iran launched a satellite into space and North Korea... Read More

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