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House Armed Services Committee

America Must Examine the Merits of Further Involvement in Iraq

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

After a decade of war, people are weary and suspicious of any further involvement abroad. They want an answer to the fundamental question of how this serves their interests. What do we intend to accomplish? How do we plan to accomplish it? And what is our exit strategy?

Does Obama's Iraq "All Options on the Table" Include The Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The most direct way of defusing the political and interventionist pressures of the current mayhem in Iraq would be to release significant volumes from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve which currently harbors in excess of 700,000,000 bbls of oil.

The House Armed Services Committee Has Spoken

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.

House Panel Backs Pentagon On Military Sexual Assault Cases

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon posted a narrow win Wednesday as a House panel endorsed leaving the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious cr...

House GOP Budget Spares Weapons, Military Benefits

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans spare aircraft, bases and personnel benefits from defense budget cuts by chipping away at money the Pentagon spe...

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

Rep Says Congress Must Bite The Bullet On Military Budget

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers need to drop parochial interests and make tough decisions about U.S....

Another Request On Military Bases Hits Dead End

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Another round of military base closings has hit a dead end. The Senate Armed Services readiness subcommittee on Tuesday approved l...

Michael McAuliff

Gitmo, Indefinite Detention Battles Emerge Amid NSA Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the nation already alarmed over revelations of massive National Security Agency data collection, Congress is set to act next week o...

Lawmakers Pressing On Military Sexual Assault Bill

Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

By RICHARD LARDNER AND DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are pressing forward with legislation aimed at stemming an epid...

House Committee Takes Step To Tackle Growing Problem

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With broad support from Republicans and Democrats, a House committee Wednesday approved legislation to tackle the growing problem o...

House Taking Up Military Sexual Assault

Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Lawmakers outraged by sexual assaults in the military are moving swiftly to address the probl...

As Lackland Air Force Base Scandal Widens, Tailhook Whistleblower To Demand Hearing

The Huffington Post | Molly O'Toole | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

At least 83 women were sexually assaulted or molested in 1991 at the Las Vegas convention of the Tailhook Association, a group of active-duty and reti...

Patrick Svitek

White House Budget Chief: Don't Send WARN Act Layoff Notices Before 'Fiscal Cliff'

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

The latest chapter in budget cut politics opened Wednesday as the Obama administration's top fiscal guru stood by federal direction that some companie...

Patrick Svitek

Romney Campaign Keeping Obama's Leadership In Spotlight As 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

One of Mitt Romney's top surrogates in national defense on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to "step up and provide some leadership" on how to ave...

How Many More Military Rapes Before Rep. Buck McKeon Investigates Lackland?

Nancy Parrish | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

Paula met with President George H.W. Bush at the White House. The former president apparently started to cry as she told her story. He promised a full investigation. Unfortunately, 20 years later nothing has changed.

With Needed Defense Cuts on the Horizon, Industry Forces Rev Up the Propaganda Machine

Robert Greenwald | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

You know it's a big moment for defenders of the United States' bloated military budget when some of the all-time superstars of the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex descend on Capitol Hill to fight for their perceived right to profit.

Tailhook Whistleblower Demands Congress Investigate Lackland Sexual Assaults

Nancy Parrish | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

The mission of our military is to protect the American way of life and our freedoms, yet this very mission is compromised by leadership that allows, perpetrates and condones sexual assault on the very members of our armed services.

Are nuclear weapons contractors' millions in campaign contributions buying favors?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By R. Jeffrey SmithiWatch NewsEmployees of private companies that produce the main pieces of the U.S. nuclear arsenal have invested more than $18 mi...

Republicans Put Oil Money Above Troops' Lives

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

While we all love the environment and want to be good stewards of the earth, the military isn't on some kind of ecological mission when it comes to renewables. They're trying to help ensure men and women come home to their loved ones.

Eco Etiquette: What's The Latest On Eco-Friendly Air Travel?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 07.23.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Has there been any progre...

Former U.S. nuclear commander startles with proposal to cut weapons arsenal by 80%

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By R. Jeffrey SmithiWatch NewsThe chairman of a House subcommittee that helps shape the nation's nuclear arsenal, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), has bee...

House Leader Wants New Rules On Afghan Security

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.01.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is intent on barring private security contractors and Afghans from guarding U.S. base...

Defense Cuts Could Mean More Than A MIllion Lost Jobs Over Next Decade

Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

(David Alexander) - Defense cuts that begin in the 2012 budget will ultimately cost up to 800,000 jobs, and additional spending reductions could p...

40 Members of Congress Say No to Indefinite Detention of Americans

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

This week, U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-1) and I sent an urgent letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders and conferees opposing provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act.