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November 2015
In a recent Post op-ed, Gregory B. Craig, former White House counsel, and Cliff Sloan, former special envoy for Guantanamo closure, argued that President Obama has the legal authority to ignore the law and transfer some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists to the United States.
PRESSED ABOUT his strategy for fighting the Islamic State, a petulant-sounding President Obama insisted Monday, as he has before, that his critics have offered no concrete alternatives for action in Syria and Iraq, other than putting “large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground.” This claim was faulty in two respects. First, few if any White House critics are proposing a U.S. ground operation on the scale of the previous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...

Nov 03 2015

Getting the B-3 Off the Ground

"Need to bring that same speed and innovation to our procurement process—and the B-3 is the place to start..."

Captain Daniel Welch is an Air Force Academy grad who flies the B-52 bomber, which dates from the Truman years. His dad, Don Welch, was a B-52 aviator in the 1980s. Before that, his grandfather Don Sprague flew the B-52 in combat missions over Vietnam.
October 2015

Oct 26 2015

Obama's Veto Threatens National Guard & Reserve Readiness

"Shortchanges the men and women serving in the National Guard and Reserve..."

President Obama's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes funds for the Department of Defense, does more than create wide-scale uncertainty within the Department of Defense. It also shortchanges the men and women serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

Oct 23 2015

Congressional Veterans Protest Veto Of NDAA

Urge President to support the troops...

ASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Chairmen of the Armed Services Committees, responded to the President's anticipated veto of the defense bill and the impact that has on troops and their families.
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