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Rep. Madeleine Bordallo

Futures Command Won’t Hurt Oversight, Army Tells Congress

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army believes it has all the legal authorities it needs to reform. Now it just has to make the reform work.

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Lawmakers’ Letters Endorse McCain Plan To Reinforce Pacific, Assist Asian Allies

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A bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives is urging Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to budget $1.5 billion a year to reinforce US forces in the Pacific to better support Asian allies, stiffening their spines against Chinese intimidation. Known as the Asia-Pacific Stability Initiative and endorsed by the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, it’s a proposal… Keep reading →

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HASC Rejects Base Closure, F-35 Restrictions During NDAA Markup

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[updated with final results] CAPITOL HILL: Bipartisan majorities in the House Armed Services Committee have steamrollered proposals to slow down the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and to permit the Pentagon to plan for base closures, but reformers at least made a respectable run at the windmill during markup of fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization… Keep reading →

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

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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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Trust Us On Air Guard Cuts, Air Force Tells Congress

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CAPITOL HILL: “Trust us.” That’s the last thing an irate Congress is ready to hear from the Air Force right now, but it’s the essence of what a three-star general told legislators today in a hearing on the administration’s hugely unpopular proposal to cut the Air National Guard. A Senate-proposed commission on the size and… Keep reading →

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