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June 2015

Jun 25 2015

To Defeat The Islamic State, The U.S. Will Have To Go Big

National Security Experts & NDAA Both Call For Intensive Effort Against ISIL

The Washington Post
By: Michèle Flournoy and Richard Fontaine on June 24, 2015

Jun 23 2015

Thornberry Outlines Russia Strategy

5 Key Elements To Deal With Russia & Other Challenges

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, delivered remarks today at the Atlantic Council. The Chairman outlined his strategy to deal with Russia and other challenges. The remarks as delivered can be read here.

Jun 11 2015

Thornberry Talks Iraq Announcement, President's NDAA Veto Threat On Fox News

"Half measures taken too late are not going to make a difference..."

WASHINGTON - Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), of the House Armed Services Committee, appeared on Fox News this morning to talk about the additional troops being sent to Iraq, lack of strategy to deal with ISIL, and President Obama’s threat to veto the annual defense bill.

Jun 03 2015

FLASHBACK: As Reid Wasted Time, Dempsey Urged Passage of NDAA

Reid: "It really is kind of a waste of time..."

WASHINGTON - On December 9th, 2013, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey, sent a letter to then Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expressing his concern that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY14 was being allowed "to slip to January." General Dempsey wrote:
May 2015

May 24 2015

Thornberry Talks Defense & ISIS On This Week

"We have tied our own hands in a variety of ways..."

Chairman Thornberry (R-TX), of the House Armed Services Committee, came to "This Week" Sunday this morning to talk defense issues, ISIS and the situation in Iraq. Watch the entire interview below:
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