Category Archives: Education Legislation

Panel Tells HASC Fight Against ISIS Will be Long, Could Require Larger U.S. Presence

Panel Tells HASC Fight Against ISIS Will be Long, Could Require Larger U.S. Presence

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 of ISIS. Photo via AFP

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 of ISIS. Photo via AFP

While putting combat brigades into the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) is not feasible, four witnesses before a key House subcommittee didn’t shy away from calling for a larger military footprint—embedded U.S. forces in trusted units, a different approach to air strikes and using controllers on the ground—engaged in what all consider a long-term struggle. Read More

Surface Navy Concerned Reduced Destroyer Modernizations Will Increase Risk in Future Fights

Surface Navy Concerned Reduced Destroyer Modernizations Will Increase Risk in Future Fights

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) conducts a flight test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. US Navy Photo

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) conducts a flight test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s reduced combat system modernization schedule for its legacy Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers (DDG-51) puts the surface fleets ability to tackle ballistic missile defense (BMD) tasks — as well as protect high value ships like aircraft carriers — at risk, the service’s director of surface warfare told Congress. Read More

Thornberry: Pentagon Needs Support From Other Agencies, Allies to Combat Threats

Thornberry: Pentagon Needs Support From Other Agencies, Allies to Combat Threats

Maritime forces from 17 nations are underway in formation for BALTOPS 2015. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region on June 8, 2015. US Navy Photo

Maritime forces from 17 nations are underway in formation for BALTOPS 2015. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region on June 8, 2015. UK Royal Navy Photo

House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) laid out a five-point strategy to guide the government in getting national and global security back on track, calling for a whole-of-government and international approach to dealing with threats. Read More

Opinion: India and U.S. Grow Closer Against a Backdrop of An Expansionist China

Opinion: India and U.S. Grow Closer Against a Backdrop of An Expansionist China

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January. White House Photo

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2015. White House Photo

Indo-U.S. relations have been the subject of interest for many policy analysts and with the emergence of an economic and military powerhouse in India, they have major implications for the United States and rest of the world. The divorced relationship that existed since the Cold war has gone beyond mutual suspicion and emerged as trusted friends. The liberalization of the Indian economy in 1991 brought new-found opportunities for both the nations. Read More

Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship for Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday

Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship for Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly attend a ceremony at the Pentagon in 2012. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly attend a ceremony at the Pentagon in 2012. US Navy Photo

The tenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is slated to be christened for former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a Saturday ceremony in Mobile, Ala, the Pentagon announced this week. Read More

Congressmen: Ohio Replacement Might Now Have Much-Needed Stability in Funding

Congressmen: Ohio Replacement Might Now Have Much-Needed Stability in Funding

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) transits home after completing a strategic deterrence patrol in October 2014. US Navy photo.

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) transits home after completing a strategic deterrence patrol in October 2014. US Navy photo.

The Navy needs about $100 billion to buy its upcoming class of ballistic missile submarines. And it needs a lot of support from Congress to secure that funding.

In the world of politics, where change is the only constant – where support for various departments goes in and out of style – finding long-term stability for something as big as the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) submarines is vital to its success.

This week, the House may have achieved that stability. Read More

Congress Saves Ohio-Replacement Sub Fund for Second Time in 2 Months

Congress Saves Ohio-Replacement Sub Fund for Second Time in 2 Months

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol on May 5, 2015. US Navy photo.

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol on May 5, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) won a big congressional victory Wednesday night, having its funding mechanism saved for the second time this spring despite efforts to cancel the account. Read More