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January 30, 2015

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January 29, 2015

Military, Homeland Security Focuses of Obama Budget Pitch

Obama delivers the State of The Union address on Jan. 20. (Credit: Mandel Ngan / Pool)

Obama delivers the State of The Union address on Jan. 20. (Credit: Mandel Ngan / Pool)

Barack Obama is making defense and homeland security big parts of his pitch on the budget when he speaks to House Democrats Thursday at their retreat in Philadelphia. Full story

January 26, 2015

Acquisition Overhaul, Benghazi, Bobby Three Sticks in the Week Ahead

Mueller (aka "Bobby Three Sticks); Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; and CIA Director Brennan testify at a House Intelligence hearing in 2013. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Mueller (aka “Bobby Three Sticks”); Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; and CIA Director Brennan testify at a House Intelligence hearing in 2013. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Busy, busy week. Full story

Weekly Recap: Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia

  • State of the Union. We wrote many, many things about the State of the Union address. One was a more in-depth exploration of the Pentagon’s role in cybersecurity legislation.
  • Yemen. Yemen was thrust into turmoil last week. We warned you early that it would be a big deal for the United States if there was a coup, and brought you a variety of congressional perspectives just before everything fell apart.
  • India. There are some very significant ramifications for the U.S. defense industry to President Obama‘s trip to India; read our interview with the Wilson Center’s Michael Kugelman for what they are.
  • CQ.com. Subscribers got a glimpse into House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry‘s (R-Texas) thinking on ground troops in Syria and minimizing Pentagon budget woes. They also read about foreshadowing for the fight over the House GOP border security plan. And CQ.com had a story on movement for a veterans suicide prevention bill.
  • Elsewhere. The death of Saudi King Abdullah must be mentioned, although it looks like it won’t change much geopolitically. Japan might’ve botched its handling of the Islamic State group kidnapping. Iran sanctions legislation had a rough week. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s trip to the United States in March has gotten awkward.

January 21, 2015

In Ernst GOP SOTU Response, No Security Disagreement

Ernst on Jan. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ernst on Jan. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said at the beginning of her official GOP response speech Tuesday night to the president’s State of the Union address, “Even if we may not always agree, it’s important to hear different points of view in this great country.” Then, on security, she proceeded to offer no different point of view from Barack Obama. Full story

January 20, 2015

The Pentagon Angle on Obama’s State of the Union Cybersecurity Pitch

McCaul and Thompson at a Sept., 2014 hearing. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call)

McCaul and Thompson at a Sept., 2014 hearing. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call)

The role of the Pentagon in President Obama‘s proposed cybersecurity legislation — expected to get the spotlight in Tuesday evening’s State of the Union speech — could decide its fate in Congress. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 10:06 a.m.
Cyber

Defense Intellligence, Health Care & Cyber in the Week Ahead

Scowcroft at a 2009 hearing. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Scowcroft at a 2009 hearing. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The big event of the week is the State of the Union, and we’ll surely provide coverage of the security ramifications thereof. Until then, here are some other things happening around Washington, D.C. Full story

January 16, 2015

Weekly Recap: Mac Thornberry, Cybersecurity, Butt Bomb

“American Sniper” is getting Oscar love and some scrutiny. Here at Five By Five this week, we scrutinized all the subjects in the headline and more. Let’s review what we wrote about, and what slipped through the cracks. Full story

January 13, 2015

What Wasn’t Lost in the Pentagon Twitter Hack

Obama Outlines Policy For Open And Free Internet

The hack of @centcom and other social media accounts was certainly embarrassing for the Pentagon, but as several have pointed out, wasn’t exactly harmful beyond that. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:09 a.m.
Cyber

House Chairman Calls for Cyber Offense Rules — A Still-Undeveloped Area

McCaul in July, 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCaul in July, 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

From the Sony hack to the @centcom hack, it’s been a newsy period for cyber attacks. On Monday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, called for the development of U.S. cyber offense rules. It’s an area where there’s been much thought, little action. Full story

January 12, 2015

Congress Isn’t Bringing Back CISPA, Exactly

Ruppersberger at a news conference in March, 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ruppersberger at a news conference in March 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

There were a fair number of panicky headlines from privacy advocating types last week in response to the news that the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, was being reintroduced. It should be pointed out that CISPA almost certainly won’t be back in the form it was last year, which its sponsor acknowledged in a conversation with yours truly. And it might not take a form likely to please privacy advocates more than before. Full story

January 7, 2015

Navy Official on Needs: Fewer Acquisition Regulations, More Cyber Capabilities

A U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopter flies above an Indonesian navy helicopter Bell-420 (on the ground) as Indonesian military chief General Moeldoko (unseen) visits during search and transfer operations for bodies of passengers of ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Jan. 6. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

A U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopter flies above an Indonesian navy helicopter Bell-420 (on the ground) as Indonesian military chief General Moeldoko (unseen) visits during search and transfer operations for bodies of passengers of ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Jan. 6. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

The Navy’s top acquisition and R&D official on Wednesday outlined his needs, which included: no new acquisition regulations from Congress, and, in fact, fewer; more spending on cyber and electronic warfare and offensive surface warfare; and the end of the across-the-board cuts of sequestration (what Defense official doesn’t say that one in every speech?). Full story

December 29, 2014

National Security in the New Year

New Year's Eve numerals arrive in Times Square prior to installation atop One Times Square, at Times Square on Dec. 16. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

New Year’s Eve numerals arrive in Times Square prior to installation atop One Times Square, at Times Square on Dec. 16. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

There are big changes afoot in 2015: a new Congress, a new Pentagon chief, an evolving battlefield. Here’s a look ahead to some of the developments you can expect, as covered here in 2014 by Five By Five. Full story

December 19, 2014

Weekly Recap: Pakistan, Cuba, Russia

If you look carefully, you can see Gen. Ray Odierno and other national security/foreign policy figures joining in on a farewell “We’ll Meet Again” song for the Colbert Report. We’ll bid you our own farewell for the week with a recap of what we wrote about at Five By Five, and some highlights from elsewhere, too. Full story

December 18, 2014

McCain Wants ‘Comprehensive Cybersecurity Legislation,’ Once Fought It

McCain in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCain in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Riffing on the news over Sony pulling “The Interview” following a big cyber hack and threatened attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday that Congress must “finally pass long-overdue comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.”

Flashback to 2012: McCain was perhaps the most vocal opponent of a comprehensive cybersecurity bill that advanced in the Senate. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 10:56 a.m.
Cyber

December 15, 2014

National Security Work Done, and Still Undone, in Congressional Stretch Run

It’s been an exceptionally hectic stretch run for Congress. For such an unproductive 113th session, a great deal has sped up as the finish line nears, likely this week. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened on the national security and foreign policy fronts, and some of what still hasn’t happened, with links to CQ.com ($) stories. Full story

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