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March 2, 2015

AIPAC, DNI and ISIS in the Week Ahead

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah leave Tel Aviv on their way to Washington D.C. on March 1. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah leave Tel Aviv on their way to Washington D.C. on March 1. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Getty Images)

It’s another week of manic budget hearings. The highlights are Ashton B. Carter voyaging to both Senate Armed Services and House Appropriations to talk fiscal 2016 authorization and spending bills, respectively. Other topics of budget hearings this week include all four services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the F-35.

Here’s the non-budget hearing stuff — Thursday and Friday are light compared to the rest of the week with the exception of the aforementioned budget hearings, so we’ll leave them out: Full story

February 25, 2015

Amid Homeland Security Funding Dispute, Inflated Mall of America Scare?

Security K9 teams are presented to the media during a tour of the Mall of America security systems on Feb. 23 in Bloomington, Minn. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Security K9 teams are presented to the media during a tour of the Mall of America security systems on Feb. 23 in Bloomington, Minn. In a newly released video, Somali militant group al-Shabaab called for terror attacks at a number of sites, including Mall of America. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Some journalists have questioned the White House about whether administration officials have overhyped a potential terror threat against shopping malls like the Mall of America in Minnesota at the same time it is trying to end a congressional standoff over homeland security funding.

At least some Republicans said Tuesday that they bought the legitimacy of that threat. Full story

February 23, 2015

Budget Hearings, NSA, National Guard in the Week Ahead

Kerry arrives in the Capitol's House chamber before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Jan. 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Kerry arrives in the Capitol’s House chamber before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Jan. 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There are so many budget-related hearings this week for all the security/foreign policy-related agencies that we’re just going to link to the committees having those hearings and let you sort out which ones you care about, like so: House Appropriations; Senate Appropriations; House Armed Services; House Foreign Affairs; House Veterans Affairs; and Senate Veterans Affairs. Secretary of State John Kerry is among the luminaries making their way to the Hill for those hearings, and some of the subtopics include the Air Force, Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs.

With that out of the way, here’s the rest of the schedule. Full story

February 13, 2015

Weekly Recap: New Pentagon Chief, AUMF, Viagra

A Pakistani policewoman fires a heavy machine gun during a special elite police training course at a police training centre in Nowshera, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on Feb. 11. (A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

A Pakistani policewoman fires a heavy machine gun during a special elite police training course at a police training centre in Nowshera, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on Feb. 11. (A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

February 12, 2015

Ashton Carter Might Be Great Pentagon Pick, and It Might Not Matter

Senate Armed Services Committee

Carter testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

I’ve written a CQ Analysis piece about the job Ashton B. Carter has ahead of him as Defense chief, and how he fits into the role, assuming he’s confirmed Thursday by the full Senate as expected.

The gist: He’s probably the right man for the job, but at the wrong time. Full story

February 11, 2015

Pentagon No. 2 on Budget Proposal: We Need the Cash, China, Russia Catching Up

Work in August of 2014. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Work in August of 2014. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Much has been made of how far over the limit the Pentagon’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal is. The deputy secretary of the Defense Department, Bob Work, is sticking up for that, saying there’s too much competition from other world powers to do anything less. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 7 a.m.
Budget, Navy

February 9, 2015

Pentagon Might Get More $ From Congress; McCain, Corker Could Fill Oversight Shoes

The Pentagon’s fiscal 2016 request is well above budget caps, but things might go even better for the military once Congress gets to working on it. And both newer and older names in national security/foreign policy could be ready to fill some lost expertise on aggressive, bipartisan oversight.

Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 10:01 a.m.
Budget, Foreign Policy

ISIS and the Law, Military Benefits & Afghanistan in the Week Ahead

Putin places a blanket around German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Peterhof garden during the G20 summit near Saint Petersburg on Sept. 5, 2013. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin places a blanket around German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Peterhof garden during the G20 summit near Saint Petersburg in 2013. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s a slow stretch at the beginning of the week, unless you’re keen on German-U.S. relations, which is a perfectly fine thing to be. (In case you’re wondering about that photo, here you go.) Full story

February 6, 2015

Weekly Recap: National Security Strategy, Jordan & Guantanamo

It was almost all about the fiscal 2016 budget proposal and the nomination hearings for a new Defense secretary this week. Almost. Full story

February 5, 2015

How Independent Will Ashton Carter Be From Barack Obama?

From left, Sen. Angus King, I-Me., Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., talks during a break in a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Carter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

From left, Sen. Angus King, I-Me., Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., talk during a break in a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Ashton Carter on Feb. 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ukraine, Guantanamo, Afghanistan, the defense budget — anyone listening to Ashton Carter at Wednesday’s Senate Armed Services confirmation hearing could hear some verbiage suggesting differences with the president.

More likely, the space between the two isn’t what it looks like. And even if it is, it might not matter. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11 a.m.
Budget, Navy, War

February 3, 2015

Five By Five Q&A: Diem Nguyen Salmon on the Defense Budget

Salmon_DiemLast week, the conservative Heritage Foundation released its own proposal for the fiscal 2016 defense budget: to increase the total to $584 billion, very close to what President Obama himself proposed Monday. But the Heritage report went beyond just the total dollar amount.

The author of the report, senior policy analyst Diem Nguyen Salmon, spoke with Five By Five about what is still needed, and why the Defense Department budget should be treated differently than other departments. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 9:55 a.m.
Budget

Congress Reacts to Obama Pentagon Budget Proposal

Rogers walks to one of the buses outside the Rayburn House Office Building as House Republicans prepare to head to Hershey, Pa., for their retreat with Senate Republicans on Jan. 14. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rogers walks to one of the buses outside the Rayburn House Office Building as House Republicans prepare to head to Hershey, Pa., for their retreat with Senate Republicans on Jan. 14. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On the House Armed Services Committee, panel leaders looking at President Obama’s fiscal 2016 Pentagon budget proposal took aim at the sequester, with different fingers to point. On other committees with oversight of the defense budget, lawmakers found other things to flag in the budget plan released Monday. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 7 a.m.
Budget

February 2, 2015

Obama Budget Day Highlights: DOD, VA, Intel, State, DHS

(Donald Rumsfeld, CQ Roll Call file photo)

(Donald Rumsfeld, CQ Roll Call file photo)

Here are your highlights for President Barack Obama‘s fiscal 2016 budget proposal for defense, security and foreign policy. This is the opening bid. Expect a lot of debate and reaction from the GOP-controlled Congress in the weeks and months to come. Full story

Ashton Carter, the Budget & Yemen in the Week Ahead

It’s a monster week. The budget Monday and a nomination hearing Wednesday for the new Defense secretary would be plenty as-is, yet there’s significantly more on the agenda. Full story

January 30, 2015

Weekly Recap: White House Drone, Super Bowl Drones, Budget Red Zone

A Kurdish fighter walks with his child in the center of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, on Jan. 28. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

A Kurdish fighter walks with his child in the center of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, on Jan. 28. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

The re-taking of Kobani was one of the things we didn’t cover this week. It wasn’t alone. Let’s catch up on our hits and misses. Full story

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