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Rep. Adam Smith

Thornberry Won’t Run; A ‘Great Loss At A Critical Time’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Texas Republican, who supported Pentagon reform, bigger budgets, and Trump’s border wall, is joining several other conservatives is walking away from Capitol Hill.

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Wall Funding Forces CR Passage In House; Senate Dems Stand Against Trump

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Here we go again. Senate Democrats, opposed to pulling from military construction funds for the wall, set off a new budget battle.

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Trump Threatens NDAA Veto If House Cuts Stand

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The Trump Administration argues the HASC’s cuts to the defense policy bill would hamper missile detection and defense priorities.

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House Democrats: Please Pass A Bipartisan Defense Policy Bill

Posted by Rick Berger on


Hell hath no fury like a lawmaker betrayed. This week, the House will take up the crucial National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress’ primary instrument to oversee the U.S. military. Though the NDAA has passed for 58 straight years, partisan political choices threaten to end that streak.     The Democratic House passed out of… Keep reading →

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Who Takes Esper’s SecArmy Seat: McCarthy Or Jette?

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As the three most powerful civilians in the Army Department, Esper, McCarthy, and Jette have formed by all accounts a tight-knit and effective team. That’s particularly remarkable because they’ve had abundant opportunities for conflict as they turned the Army bureaucracy upside down.

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Democrats Won This Budget Battle – But They’re Likely To Lose The War

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Despite Democratic chairman Adam Smith’s best efforts, the defense budget is likely to creep back up to the full $750 billion the administration asked for.

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It’s All Nukes, All Night, At Intense HASC Markup Debate

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Democrats and Republicans sparred all night over nukes in the 2020 defense policy bill, but the Democrats had the votes. For now.

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$733B or $750B: That Is The Question (For HASC NDAA)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The House Armed Services Committee starts a marathon wrangle on the Pentagon budget, complete with dueling Dickens & Shakespeare quotes, with a detour to debate paint schemes for Air Force One and renaming a key intelligence position.

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NDAA: HASC Doubles Joint AI Funding, Streamlines Software Buys

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Democratic chairman Adam Smith wants to focus on the “cyber fight with Russia and China… that’s really going to happen.”

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House Prepares To Debate Low-Yield Nukes, $17B Gap in Defense Funding

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The top HASC Republican outlines some of the amendments he plans to add to the HASC 2020 defense policy bill, previewing coming debates with the Senate.

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