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March 27, 2015

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March 26, 2015

Analyst: Afghan Holdover Could Near $6B

With lingering questions remaining on the mission and the operational tempo for the extra troops that will now remain in Afghanistan, it is impossible to determine the exact price tag for President Barack Obama’s decision this week to halt troop withdrawals. Full story

March 25, 2015

Marine Corps and Air Force Ask for Another $7.7B

So-called “unfunded priorities lists” added on top of the fiscal 2016 defense budget request  have become an early spring ritual. Full story

March 24, 2015

Thornberry Pushes Acquisition Overhaul

House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry is expected to unveil a bill this week which he says will overhaul the Pentagon’s archaic buying processes. Full story

March 23, 2015

Budget Debate Begins

Key defense questions remained as the Senate took up the fiscal 2016 budget this afternoon, with debate expected to continue througout the week. Full story

March 20, 2015

Odd Couple Tackles ISIS War Funding

Sens. Bob Corker and John McCain have different approaches as they hammer out funding for military action against the Islamic State. Full story

March 19, 2015

Senate Defense Budget Workaround Proposed

Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo, proposed a budget blueprint that sticks to the $523 billion defense spending cap under sequestration and limits Overseas Contingency Operations funding to $58 billion, matching the Obama administration’s request.

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March 18, 2015

Defense Hawks Win Larger Budget Concession

The House Budget Committee is poised this week to add even more defense dollars to a budget proposal that already goes beyond President’s Barack Obama’s Pentagon spending request. Full story

March 17, 2015

Kerry, Ghani at Camp David Next Week

Secretary of State John Kerry will play host to Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah next week, CQ Roll Call’s Connor O’Brien reports. Full story

March 16, 2015

Star Wars: The $5B Plan to Protect Satellites

The Pentagon plans $5 billion in new initiatives over the next five years to protect vulnerable U.S. military satellites from enemy attack. Full story

March 13, 2015

Defense and Intel Budget on Tap Next Week

On Monday, the Cato Institute will take a look at the fiscal 2016 request and on Tuesday, industry insiders, DOD officials and congressional staff will discuss the proposal at a day-long conference at the Newseum, CQ Roll Call’s Connor O’Brien reports. Full story

March 12, 2015

Division Over Iran Letter Deepens

The partisan divide in Congress deepened further after the controversial GOP letter to the Iranian regime. Full story

March 11, 2015

McCain: NDAA Will Blast Spending Cap

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said he expects to mark up a fiscal 2016 defense authorization at spending levels that exceed the restrictions imposed by sequestration, limits which he said would endanger the military, CQ Roll Call reported. Full story

March 10, 2015

These GOP Members Didn’t Sign the Iran Letter

Freshman Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas made waves Monday when his office released an open letter to Iran’s leadership signed by 46 of his Senate GOP colleagues, CQ Roll Call’s Connor O’Brien reports.

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March 9, 2015

Senate Panel to Consider Fight Against ISIS

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold its first official hearing on the administration’s proposed authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State Wednesday morning, CQ Roll Call’s Connor O’Brien reports, and the panel expects to hear from from Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, Secretary of State John Kerry and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin E. Dempsey. Full story

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