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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
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.
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
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
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