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Time For Congress To Rebalance On Asia-Pacific: Reps. Forbes & Hanabusa

Posted by Rep. J. Randy Forbes on


Rep. Randy Forbes can play the partisan as well as any of his GOP colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee, but he also makes a habit of reaching across the aisle to work with Democrats on select issues. As chairman of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee, Forbes has pressed colleagues on both sides… Keep reading →

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Thornberry Bill ‘Lets Congress Push Back’ On Drone Strikes, Special Ops

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Rep. Mac Thornberry’s new bill has been depicted just as a demand that the executive branch notify Congress about drone strikes, but there’s much more to the “Oversight of Sensitive Military Operations Act,” introduced Thursday by the House Armed Services Committee vice-chairman. [Click here to read the full text of Rep. Thornberry’s Oversight of Sensitive Military… Keep reading →

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BRAC Is Back & Sequester’s Here To Stay: Understanding Hagel & HASC

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Congress seems increasingly resigned to sequestration cuts and base closures, ideas which once met fierce rejection on Capitol Hill. That’s the counterintuitive takeaway from Chuck Hagel’s first hearing as Defense Secretary on the 2014 budget request, one largely overtaken by events. The weary notes that legislators struck on the budget probably had something to… Keep reading →

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