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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
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
President Barack Obama and aides have caught heat from conservatives over their recent remarks about the need to address the underlying causes of violent extremism, such as those related to the economy.
Starting back in 1948, a liberal friend on Facebook pointed out, the Marshall Plan devoted $160 billion in today’s dollars to rebuilding Europe after World War II. Then-Secretary of State George Marshall said in a speech presaging that aid:
It is logical that the United States should do whatever it is able to do to assist in the return of normal economic health to the world, without which there can be no political stability and no assured peace. Our policy is not directed against any country, but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Any government that is willing to assist in recovery will find full co-operation on the part of the USA. Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist.
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, military aid to other nations has expanded. Under President Barack Obama, who has talked about minimizing the direct U.S. role in conflicts, it’s a big deal. And in the fiscal 2015 defense policy bill, there were seven new security assistance programs created and eight more reauthorized. One expert thinks it’s gone too far. Full story
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.
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
It was almost all about the fiscal 2016 budget proposal and the nomination hearings for a new Defense secretary this week. Almost. Full story
Something bad probably happened to Vladimir Putin‘s brain when he was young, perhaps even still in the womb, and he might have Asberger’s syndrome, a 2008 Pentagon study of his facial expressions and body movements theorized.
Said a Putin spokesman: “GRRRRR” Full story
The Obama administration has already begun taking under serious consideration providing weapons to Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia. A prospective new member of Obama’s cabinet, Defense secretary nominee Ashton Carter, sounds like a man set to push them further in that direction. Full story
Ashton Carter gets a full day of congressional interrogation Wednesday, starting this morning, with the Senate Armed Services Committee set to vet his nomination for Defense secretary. He’s already shared some of his views via written answers to the panel’s questions.
Here are his answers to those pre-hearing questions on a number of countries. Full story