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Thornberry Announces Armed Services Subcommittee Chairmen For 114th Congress

2014/12/11

WASHINGTON- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman-elect of the House Armed Services Committee today announced the appointment of subcommittee Chairmen for the 114th Congress.  

“Our subcommittees have an immense responsibility. We are fortunate to have a talented group of subcommittee chairmen.  They share a wealth of policy and Congressional expertise. All are up to the challenge of providing for the common defense, and meeting the high expectations of the US taxpayer.
 
“I am pleased to welcome both new and returning subcommittee chairmen to the Armed Services Committee."
 
The new subcommittee Chairmen for the House Armed Services Committee for the 114th Congress are as follows:
 
Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities – Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina (bio)
 
Seapower and Projection Forces – Rep. J. Randy Forbes, Virginia (bio)
 
Military Personnel – Rep. Joe Heck, Nevada (bio)
 
Tactical Air and Land Forces – Rep. Mike Turner, Ohio (bio)
 
Strategic Forces – Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama (bio)
 
Readiness – Rep. Rob Wittman, Virginia (bio)
 
Oversight and Investigations- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Missouri (bio Read More

Russian Arms Control Cheating and the Administration’s Responses

2014/12/10

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Chairman-Elect Thornberry Welcomes New Members To The House Armed Services Committee

2014/12/09

WASHINGTON—Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman-Elect of the House Armed Services Committee, today welcomed new majority members to the Committee.  Members are assigned to committees by the Steering Committee.  The assignments were announced today. 

"The Armed Services Committee has always taken its constitutional responsibilities to the country and to our men and women in uniform very seriously.  With the world growing more dangerous and a shrinking military, we have an enormous task ahead of us.  I am very impressed with the qualifications of the new members of the Committee and with their commitment to our national security.  I look forward to working with them and all members of the Committee on both sides of the aisle to meet the many challenges we face,” Thornberry said.

New Members:

Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT)

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)

Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)

Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA)

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)

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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL): Calls to Reduce US Nuclear Weapons Show Disregard for Reality

2014/12/08

HASC Strategic Forces Committee Chairman Responds to Sen. Feinstein's Proposal in Letter to the Washington Post ... Read More

Washington Post's Diehl on the "sloppy thinking" of Obama's "no military solution" approach

2014/12/08

The Sloppy Thinking of 'No Military Solution'
By Jackson Diehl
The Washington Post
December 7, 2014
Excerpts Below

"The epigram often connected to Barack Obama’s foreign policy is “don’t do stupid [stuff].” That’s inaccurate. The real mantra of this administration, enunciated over and over by the president and his top aides since he took office in 2009, is “there is no military solution.”

"In the past four months alone, the president has said “there is no military solution” to justify his policy in three places where wars are underway: Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. Because there is no military solution in Iraq, the president has rejected his military commanders’ proposals to deploy U.S. Special Operations forces against the Islamic State. Because there is no military solution in Syria, he has refused to sanction strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. And because there is no military solution in Ukraine, he has turned aside the desperate pleas of its new president for supplies of U.S. weapons."

 

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"The problem is that, as a nostrum, “no military solution” has proved harmful. In fact, it’s done much to produce the multiple foreign crises that the White House now says have no military solution.

"The thinking behind the slogan is sloppy. It’s true of most modern wars that there’s no military solution, in the sense that they usually end with political settlements. But political and military solutions are not mutually exclusive but intertwined; political solutions are often dictated by military conditions. Obama typically employs the judgement that no military solution is possible as a way to rule out even limited, tactical or indirect action — preordaining either a bad political solution or none at all.

"That repeatedly has been the case in Syria. First, Obama’s refusal to supply weapons or other military support to the moderate secular rebels fighting Assad in 2011-2012 opened the way to the creation of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State. Then, his decision to retreat from enforcing his “red line” on the use of chemical weapons caused countries around the world to change their calculations about U.S. resolve. Eastern European officials are convinced that it helped to produce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Japanese diplomats say it contributed to China’s aggressiveness in the South China Sea.

"At the moment, Obama’s failure to sanction even indirect military action against the Assad regime, such as the creation of a protected zone for rebels in Syria, is undermining the fight against the Islamic State. It is weakening rebel forces, alienating allies such as Turkey and emboldening Assad to step up his own military campaigns rather than accept a political settlement. Obama’s rejection of the use of U.S. troops even as target spotters in Iraq means that major cities held by the Islamic State can’t be recaptured. His denial of defensive weapons to Ukraine could encourage Russia, which recently sent fresh troops and armaments across the border, to launch another offensive.

"In each of these cases, Obama has been relatively isolated, even inside his own administration. In Syria, he has overruled two secretaries of state, two secretaries of defense and a CIA director. In recently dismissing Obama’s constraints on action in Iraq, former secretary of defense Robert Gates appeared to be speaking for senior military commanders. The refusal to provide arms to Ukraine is opposed by a bipartisan majority in Congress.

"One way to view that is as proof that Obama’s stance on military force is truly groundbreaking. Another conclusion, more supported by the record, is that it is profoundly misguided."

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McKeon Statement on Misconduct Aboard the USS Wyoming

2014/12/05

WASHINGTON- Following news of a serious incident of sexual harassment aboard the USS Wyoming, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee made the following statement:

"While the investigation is still pending, the news of misconduct on the USS Wyoming is unwelcome and unacceptable. It is not just a setback for the USS Wyoming, but for the Navy and the nuclear enterprise. This is sexual harassment and cannot be tolerated. The Navy must treat sexual harassment seriously, if we’re to also know they’re treating sexual assault seriously.
 
"With an investigation pending, I hope the silence from Navy Leadership and the decision to deploy the boat with the command team in place is not a sign that the Navy is being quick to dismiss the gravity of this incident.  I expect the CNO and Secretary Mabus to take a hard look at the command climate on the USS Wyoming and take action if warranted. 
 
"This comes after the Pentagon released a report on sexual assault in the military. The report shows some encouraging signs of progress by DOD and the military services, however incidents like this make it clear that we cannot take our eye off the ball.” Read More

McKeon Delivers Farewell Address to House as NDAA passes 300-119

2014/12/04

"Remember the great sacrifice our troops are making around the world. Right now, they are walking patrol in the mountains of Afghanistan...They are standing on the sand of Iraq, risking everything against a brutal enemy...They do it for us."... Read More

HASC, SASC Release Text of FY 2015 NDAA Agreement

2014/12/02

WASHINGTON—Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee,  today released the text of an agreement they have reached on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015. 

***Chairman McKeon has released a HASC FY2015 NDAA Summary which can be viewed HERE***

The joint explanatory statement and legislative text are available here:

This legislation is substantially based on two bills: (1) HR. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY15 which passed the House on May 22nd by a vote of 325-98; and (2) S.2410, which was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee on the same day by a vote of 25-1.  Because passing this legislation before the end of the calendar year is vital, these two products were merged through a series of negotiations led by the leadership of the two committees.  Negotiators also considered, and in many cases included, a number of proposals offered by members of both parties that were filed in the Senate.  The bill provides for the pay and benefits of our troops and their families, funds counter-ISIL operations, continues a bi-partisan process of reforming the way DoD does business, and makes important investments while adjusting to an era of declining resources.  The bill also includes a bipartisan, bicameral package of public lands provisions that was worked out by the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Natural Resources Committees in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The NDAA represents a broad bi-partisan consensus about America’s national security goals, resources, and policies.


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FY2015 NDAA Summary 12/2/2014

2014/12/02


National Defense Panel Assessment of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

2014/12/02

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Hearing Video Stream

2014/12/02

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The Role of Maritime and Air Power in DoD’s Third Offset Strategy

2014/12/02

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McKeon Statement on Hagel Stepping Down

2014/11/24

Washington, D.C. - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) made the following statement regarding Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. 

“Chuck Hagel was an excellent Defense Secretary, and a friend. He was given a thankless task of an underfunded Defense Department, growing threats, and intrusive White House micromanagement. 

“Even with the cards stacked against him, he led the Department with efficiency and aplomb. I’m especially grateful for his close coordination with Congress, and his insistence on putting the troops first.

“The Obama Administration is now in the market for their 4th Secretary of Defense. When the President goes through three Secretaries, he should ask ‘is it them, or is it me?'"

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McKeon: GTMO Releases Must Stop

2014/11/20

Washington, D.C. - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) made the following statement about the Obama administration's release of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay: 

“As long as detainees are rejoining the battlefield, these transfers must stop.

“I have written to Secretary Hagel expressing my frustration and great concern over a new swell of recidivism. If just one U.S. soldier loses their life over these transfers, we will have failed in our duty to the American people.

“What the Obama Administration is doing is dangerous and, frankly, reckless. They have chosen many times to put politics above national security. It’s time they stop playing with fire and start doing what’s right. Until we can assure the terrorists stay off the battlefield, they must stay behind bars."

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McKeon: GTMO Releases Must Stop

2014/11/20

Washington, D.C. - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) made the following statement about the Obama administration's release of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay: 

“As long as detainees are rejoining the battlefield, these transfers must stop.

“I have written to Secretary Hagel expressing my frustration and great concern over a new swell of recidivism. If just one U.S. soldier loses their life over these transfers, we will have failed in our duty to the American people.

“What the Obama Administration is doing is dangerous and, frankly, reckless. They have chosen many times to put politics above national security. It’s time they stop playing with fire and start doing what’s right. Until we can assure the terrorists stay off the battlefield, they must stay behind bars."

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Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services

2014/11/19

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services
Subcommittee on Military Personnel
(2:00PM-4:00PM– 2118 Rayburn HOB)

Witnesses

Mr. Michael Berry 
Senior Counsel, Director of Military Affairs, Liberty Institute

  • Witness Statement [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Financial Disclosure [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM

Dr. Ron Crews 
Executive Director, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty

  • Witness Statement [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Financial Disclosure [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM

Rabbi Bruce Kahn 
CAPT, CHC, USN (Ret)

Updated 11/21/2014 at 11:03 AM
  • Witness Statement [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Financial Disclosure [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM

Mr. Travis Weber 
Director, Center for Religious Liberty Family Research Council

Updated 11/13/2014 at 04:52 PM
  • Witness Statement [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM

Mr. Michael Weinstein 
President, Military Religious Freedom Foundation

  • Witness Statement [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM

Support Documents

  • Rep. Doug Collins Statement for the Record [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Associated Gospel Churches Statement for the Record [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Statement for the Record of the Sikh Coalition [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PMUpdated 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Americans United for Separation of Church and State Statement for the Record [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Anti-Defamation League Statement for the Record [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • American Civil Liberties Union Statement for the Record [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • THE FORUM ON THE MILITARY CHAPLAINCY [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • American Humanist Association Statement for the Record [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers Statement for the Record [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Religious Action Center [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
  • Freedom from Religion Foundation Statement for the Record [PDF]Added 11/19/2014 at 01:43 PM
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McKeon Congratulates HASC Chairman-Select Thornberry

2014/11/18


WASHINGTON - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) congratulates Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) on the recommendation from the Steering Committee that he become the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the 114th Congress

“During my four years as Chairman, I’ve come to rely on Mac as a policy expert, a gifted communicator, a trusted confidant, and a friend. He has skillfully helped  our Committee as Vice-Chairman, and his national security smarts have earned the respect of both Congress and defense experts alike. But most importantly, Mac is a leader with a servant’s heart. His devotion and loyalty is, above all, to the men and women of our military.

“The Armed Services Committee will be in the most capable of hands with Chairman-select Thornberry, and so will our Armed Forces. My heartfelt congratulations to him as he moves into this rewarding --and challenging-- job."

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McKeon Comments On Hagel Nuclear Force Recommendations

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON— Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee made the following comment following the release of Nuclear Force recommendations by the Secretary of Defense:

"Secretary Hagel's review of the Nuclear Enterprise reflects the sobering state of our nuclear force and the urgent investment needed to ensure its future effectiveness.  Deterrence is the cornerstone of our national security strategy - as Chairman Dempsey has testified, it's our number one priority because it guarantees the "survival of the nation".  But, the Nuclear Enterprise has suffered from neglect for too long.  Insufficient resources, indifferent leadership, and poor morale have taken their toll.  I commend the Secretary for his leadership and for prioritizing the resources necessary to make sure our deterrent remains safe, secure and reliable. 

"The Department of Energy must also re-prioritize its nuclear mission, correct for years of underfunding, and restore morale.  

"Most importantly, I hope the President will listen to his senior civilian and military national security leaders, take this as seriously as they do, and cast aside his Global Zero vision that is in reality unilateral disarmament.  We can work together to follow the blueprint established by Secretary Hagel and his review and show the leadership our men and women in uniform deserve."

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Rep. Vicky Hartzler on CNN: U.S. Needs a Decisive Strategy to Defeat ISIL

2014/11/14

HASC Member Discusses Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey's Testimony at Yesterday's Hearing

 

You can watch the whole interview HERE

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The Department of Defense Excess Property Program in Support of U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies: An Overview of DOD Authorities, Roles, Responsibilities, and Implementation of Section 1033 of the 1997 National Defense Authorization Act

2014/11/13

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations... Read More

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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