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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Shanahan Finally Nominated, Confirmation May Be Tough

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Acting Defense Secretary, with less than two years of national security experience under his belt, is poised to take over a department in the throes of a rapid modernization project, while rattling sabres with Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, China, and Russia.

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Continuing Resolution Would Disrupt 118 Army Programs: Gen. McConville

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Addressing topics from modernization to millennials, Trump’s pick for Army Chief of Staff sailed through his confirmation hearing — except for six bitter minutes.

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Hill Must Act Now To Protect Elections From Russians: Cyber Commander

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


If you want the military to defend this fall’s elections from Russian hackers, military cyber commanders told Congress this afternoon, you need to give it authorities, access and resources soon, military commanders told the Senate today.

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Sen. Cotton, 37, Wins Airland Chair; Sens. McCain, Reed Set New SASC Lineup

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The youngest senator on Capitol Hill, and one of the very few lawmakers who can wear a Bronze Star and a Ranger tab, has stepped right from his one-term House seat to chairmanship of one of the most important subcommittees on Capitol Hill. That would be Tom Cotton of Arkansas, the new chair of… Keep reading →

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McCain Hammers Navy Nominee On LCS, Audits

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: President Obama’s nominee to be Navy Undersecretary, Jo Ann Rooney, faced a stormy reception this morning, getting a bipartisan hammering by Senators John McCain and Kirsten Gillibrand. In her formal written responses to SASC’s pre-hearing questions, Rooney had demurred on whether the Navy Department could meet the statutory deadline of September 2014 to… Keep reading →

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