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November 27, 2014

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November 20, 2014

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 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

November 6, 2014

Security Committee Shake-Ups Ahead

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The indispensable CQ Weekly Guide to the New Congress is out for CQ subscribers, and it offers a smorgasbord of information about how national security and foreign policy committees are expected to change, plus what it means for the legislative agendas of those panels. Full story

November 5, 2014

How a GOP Senate Transforms the Defense, Homeland Security and Foreign Policy Agendas

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. – now in position to become Majority Leader – raises hands with top aide Josh Holmes, during a party for Kentucky Republicans in Louisville, Ky., Nov, 4. McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

[Updated 1:56 p.m.] It was a big Tuesday night for Republicans, big enough to take control of the Senate. That’s going to have a big impact on the national security and foreign policy agendas. Full story

November 3, 2014

Chemical Weapons, Cybersecurity & Clapper in the Week Ahead

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President Obama casts a ballot in early voting for the 2014 midterm elections on Oct. 20 in Chicago. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday is election day, and CQ Roll Call is having its Post Election Impact Conference Thursday (check out this link for details and a discount code). Washington, D.C. isn’t standing still for the midterms, though. Full story

October 31, 2014

Weekly Recap: Obama National Security Team in Turmoil, ISIS Fight Rolls On

It was an eventful week before the midterm elections, both around the globe and within the United States’ borders. Here’s some of what we covered, and some of what you might have missed elsewhere.

  • Important. We wrote about how ISIS continues to evolve as an organization, as well as how the cost of the war against the group is rising.  We also wrote about how anonymous administration officials keep shooting Democrats in the foot at exactly the time when they need it least.
  • Neat. We provided video of a super soldier suit, plus video of a ride in a U-2 cockpit.
  • Inside the Building. Technocrat had a talk with Chris Calabrese of the Center for Democracy and Technology about the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and dipped into how Orbital Sciences’ rocket explosion could impact military rocket procurement. The Container ran a number of items about airline security.
  • Outside the Building. The New York Times had a splashy story about the Obama administration’s national security and foreign policy team being under duress, filled with anecdotes that generated headlines in and of themselves. One of those was about Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel taking issue with the White House on Syria policy, which the Los Angeles Times then expounded upon in their own piece.

October 22, 2014

Coburn Wastebook: Iron Man Suit, FEMA Golf Courses, Navy Magazines

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Sen. Tom Coburn on Jan. 14. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (@tomcoburn) is out with his final edition of his annual Wastebook of government spending, and besides the massages for rabbits and money to watch grass grow, a variety of Defense Department projects and other national security-related programs get the Oklahoma Republican’s sardonic smack. Full story

October 14, 2014

The Army, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan in the Week Ahead

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Levin on March 31. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

All the hot spots get some attention this week in Washington, D.C., and there is a pair of big multi-day conferences — one of which is already underway. Full story

October 10, 2014

Why the Internet Will Never Be Completely Secure

Will we ever be 100 percent secure from data security threats? According to the panelists at a Thursday afternoon roundtable on cybersecurity, the answer is no. There are a couple reasons for this: design flaws and human error. Full story

October 6, 2014

Colin Powell, Robots, Bobby Jindal in the Week Ahead

Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This week’s schedule doesn’t feature a ton of cybersecurity events, but there is a big homeland security conference that will discuss it, among many other things on the agenda. Full story

October 3, 2014

Weekly Recap: ‘Yoga Joe,’ Intel and ISIS, the History of Camouflage

 

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A Ukrainian sniper wearing camouflage waits on the frontline not far from the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve, Donetsk region on Aug. 25. (Oleksandr Rathushniak/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome back to the Weekly Recap, where we hit the highlights of Five By Five, plus other quality national security stories from around the Internet. Full story

September 30, 2014

Homeland Security Drones Fly Away From Border, Coasts 1/5th of the Time

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A Predator drone operated by U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM), taxis towards the tarmac for a surveillance flight near the Mexican border in March of last year. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Customs and Border Protection drones operated along U.S. borders and coasts 80 percent of the time over the last three years — but strayed 20 percent of the time into restricted airspace due to things like malfunctions, or else entered into Federal Aviation Administration-approved airspace for things like disaster missions.

That’s according to the Government Accountability Office, which also found that the Department of Homeland Security’s CBP has put in place procedures for complying with civil liberties and privacy laws and standards. Full story

September 29, 2014

White House Security Breach, Video Games/Future of Unknown Conflict in the Week Ahead

 

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A member of the Park Police keeps watch infront of the White House on Sept. 25. The Secret Service is reviewing new security measures inside and outside the White House fence after a man made it all the way inside the presidential mansion before being tackled. (Mandel NganAFP/Getty Images)

A handful of congressional panels are in action this week despite the prolonged recess, and naturally there’s some discussion of Iraq and Syria around Washington, D.C. Also, video games.

Full story

September 26, 2014

Weekly Recap: ISIS, Qassem Suleimani & Eric Holder


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Welcome to the new Weekly Recap, featuring highlights of Five By Five posts you may have missed as well as interesting reads from around the web. Full story

September 22, 2014

Should the U.S. Be Most Worried About ISIS, or Some Other Threat?

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Feinstein talks with an aide on the Senate subway in June. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Everybody agrees ISIS is a problem for the United States, and the news coverage has put a tremendous focus on the group. But this weekend, some light was shined on the question of whether the group that calls itself the Islamic State is the biggest threat.

The New York Times wrote about the threat posed by Khorasan, which the national spymaster estimates might equal the threat posted by ISIS. House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich. (@repmikerogers), said it might even be greater. And Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (@SenFeinstein), placed Khorasan among the three most dangerous groups threatening the United States, alongside ISIS and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

There’s about to be more light shined on the question: On Tuesday, the Bipartisan Policy Center is set to release a report evaluating the overall threat from jihadists, and Carie Lemack, the director of the group’s Homeland Security Project, discussed some of the report’s highlights with Five By Five on Monday. Full story

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