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November 23, 2014

November 21, 2014

Weekly Recap: F-35, Iraq Weapons, Congress, Uber

Let’s review the week that was. Would you say we would be venturing into a zone of danger? The zone will be one of danger. Full story

November 20, 2014

Former CIA Chief: Intel Community Can’t, on Its Own, Track Iranian Nuclear Development

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Hayden at an undated hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

With a deadline nearing for Iranian nuclear talks next week, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency warned Thursday that without an “invasive inspections regime” attached to any deal, “I am unwilling to guarantee American intelligence can sufficiently verify the agreement on its own.” Full story

Nurses, Psychologists Step Up Responses to Detainee Treatment

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Protester Andrés Thomas (right, bottom) is force-fed by Dr. Terry Fitzgerald (left) during a 2013 demonstration in front of the White House in solidarity with hunger-striking inmates at Guantanamo. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Two associations representing health care professionals have, in the the past coupe weeks, gotten more active on the question of their roles in the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and elsewhere. Full story

Which House National Security Committee Leadership Posts Are Settled, Which Aren’t

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Granger speaks with reporters as she leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on July 29. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

[Updated Thursday, 11:38 a.m., 1:55 p.m.]

Most of the blood to be spilled in national security and foreign policy-related House committee leadership races has now been spilled. Here’s the landscape as a result, with notes in some cases. Full story

November 19, 2014

House Intelligence Chairman Fears ISIS Could Buy a Nuke

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Rogers makes his way to the Capitol across the east front plaza, Sept. 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Outgoing House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Wednesday that he worried that ISIS could be amassing enough cash to buy a nuclear device. Full story

A Republican Senator’s Missile Defense Wish List Post-Election

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Kelley Ayotte listens to opening statements during a 2011 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

With Republicans in charge of the Senate, it could be a new day for missile defense, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire predicted Wednesday. Full story

Foggy Future for Surveillance Overall Legislation After Failed Senate Vote

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Paul talks with reporters after voting on Election Day at Briarwood Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky., November 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Critics of the National Security Agency’s bulk telephony record collection program say they won’t give up the fight even after a Senate vote Tuesday blocked legislation that would ban the practice.

It won’t be easy. Full story

November 18, 2014

Military Benefits Feud Holds Up Defense Policy Bill

A dispute over military benefits is complicating efforts to complete a fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, one of the big ticket items of the lame-duck congressional session currently underway.

Per Megan Scully (@CQMeganScully), writing for CQ.com subscribers Tuesday on talks between the House and Senate Armed Services panel:

Committee leaders had hoped to finalize the negotiated bill early this week, but they have reached an impasse over differences in the two measures on cost-saving Pentagon proposals to increase some TRICARE pharmacy co-pays and reduce the basic housing allowance for military personnel.

The House basically said “no” to those proposals and the Senate basically said “yes.” You’ll have to read the full story for the details on how this all might be resolved. There’s still hope, though, according to the negotiators.

Not Enough Drones? And Are More Coming, Or Not?

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A drone flies over Kobani, as seen from near the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border Oct. 22. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

According to one story, there might be a military drone “shortage.” And the recently announced Pentagon “offset strategy” suggests an increased reliance on them in the future. But also, there might not be enough money or political will for them. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 2:30 p.m.
Budget, Drones, War

Afghanistan Corruption Getting Worse As U.S. Begins Exit, Inspector General Says

 

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Afghan security force members destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Noor Gal district of eastern Kunar province on April 29. Citing the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Sopko said in January that the rise in opium production is expected to continue and threaten the stability of the Afghan government. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

For all the international community’s wrestling to get Afghanistan corruption under control, it’s only getting worse with the United States drawing down its troops, according to John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Full story

Is Russia Feeling the Economic Pressure?

 

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via the Economist on Twitter

The Economist considered the question of what’s happening with the ruble. How it’s doing has no small impact on Russia’s rabble-rousing on the world stage. Full story

November 17, 2014

House National Security Chairmanship Races Underway

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Devin Nunes, R-Calif., photographed in April, is running for House Intelligence chairman. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The search for future leadership of up to three House committees with sway over national security has begun in earnest. Full story

Video: F-35C Lighting II Flight Tests (Night and Day)

As the most expensive weapon system ever (and with its share of foibles), the F-35 program gets an awful lot of scrutiny. Recently, it’s been in the news for some successful tests. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 12:31 p.m.
Navy

Helicopters, ISR & NSA in the Week Ahead

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Ayotte on the campaign trail in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s a week that’s loaded up in the middle even more than usual, with less happening on Monday and Friday than Washington, D.C.’s well-established tendency toward slow beginnings and sleepy endings.  Full story

November 14, 2014

Weekly Recap: Syrian Rebel Vetting, Defense Bills, Veterans

The video will make sense shortly. Here are some highlights from the week that was at Five By Five, and in reporting elsewhere. Full story

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