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March 2015
Contrary to Gregg Easterbrook, the Navy has entered a genuine crisis caused by years of dangerous underinvestment and the folly of sequestration. After peaking at nearly 568 ships in 1987, the fleet now numbers 275 ships...
February 2015
Within days of President Obama releasing his fiscal 2016 defense budget this month, Pakistan tested a nuclear-capable Ra’ad short-range missile, Russia announced plans to test a new RS-26 intercontinental ballistic missile, Iran launched a satellite into space and North Korea...
WASHINGTON - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released the following schedule featuring (4) hearings the week of February 23-27, 2015. Witnesses are listed in alphabetical order, consistent with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee Repository.
"The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem, as they say, and Air-Sea Battle came as badly needed intervention at a critical point. It is hard to believe today that less than a decade ago, these issues did not appear on most defense policy makers’ radar as major planning considerations. But at the birth of Air-Sea Battle, “China” truly was what two U.S. Naval..."
January 2015

Jan 29 2015

Washington Post: Defense Reform is about spending, but also about national security

First hearing examines threats to America’s technological edge

In its first hearing of the new Congress, the House Armed Services Committee examined defense reform and discussed some of the ways that smarter spending can ensure agility and technological superiority when it comes to our military capabilities...
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