Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Requirements Assessment
Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
(2:00 PM– 2212 Rayburn - OPEN)
Mr. Shawn Brimley
Executive Vice President and Director of Studies
Center for a New American Security
Mr. Robert Martinage
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
FerryBridge Group LLC
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:
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
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:
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
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:
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."
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. "
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