Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday he would have to deliver bad news to more than 5.18 million veterans, survivors, and their children if the partial government shutdown continues into late October. Read More
The Senate’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) coalition has asked Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to suspend an environmental study that would consider eliminating some of the United States’ 450 ICBM silos,according to a Thursday letter provided to USNI News. Read More
The following is a Sept. 26 letter sent from the Senate ICBM coalition to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Read More
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says commanders “are essential to winning this fight” [against sexual assault], but he expects a “much closer vote on the floor” as to whether they will be the ones deciding to prosecute such cases. Read More
Chinese officials ‘strongly’ oppose a Monday U.S. Senate action that “condemns the use of coercion, threats, or force by naval, maritime security, or fishing vessels and military or civilian aircraft,” in the South and East China Sea, according to a Thursday report from the Xinhua news agency. Read More
How far the United States should go in supporting the Syrian opposition, and just what the role of the Chairman (and Vice Chairman) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in formulating that strategy should be, dominated the sometimes testy re-confirmation hearing of Gen. Martin Dempsey and Adm. James Winnefeld on 18 July.
Dempsey’s re-confirmation is not assured. A key member of the panel—Arizona Republican John McCain—was so upset by Dempsey’s answers on Syria that he threatened to put a hold on the nomination. The chairman of the committee offered a possible compromise to get the nomination for a second Dempsey term back on track. Winnefeld did not come under that kind of scrutiny. Read More
Adm. Cecil Haney has been nominated to take the top job at U.S. Strategic Command, according to a Monday release from the Department of Defense.
Haney, currently the commander of U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet, will replace U.S. Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, pending Senate confirmation. Read More
When the Senate Appropriations Committee meets, the subject is usually money — say the $13 billion that the administration is seeking for cyber warfare in the Fiscal Year 2014 — but how the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce and the FBI planned to spend that money was swept away by repeated questions over just what the federal government was doing in collecting so much data on U.S. citizens.
There is an inherent tension between security and privacy and citizens want to know what the government is doing with the data it is collecting from phone calls to Google searches to credit card purchases, said committee chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). Read More
The following is the April, 17 2013 written testimony of Vice Adm. Robin Braun, Chief of Naval Reserve to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Read More