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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 24, 2015

Security Politics (‘American Sniper,’ ‘Citizenfour’) at the Oscars

(L-R) Filmmakers Dirk Wilutzky, Laura Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald, Lindsay Mills, and filmmaker Mathilde Bonnefoy accept Best Documentary Feature for 'Citizenfour' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on Feb. 22 in Hollywood. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(L-R) Filmmakers Dirk Wilutzky, Laura Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald, Lindsay Mills, and filmmaker Mathilde Bonnefoy accept Best Documentary Feature for ‘Citizenfour’ onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on Feb. 22 in Hollywood. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

A pair of national security-themed films figured into the Oscars, one winning and one  losing more often than not. Naturally, that got people to talking. Full story

February 17, 2015

Violent Extremism, Space, Cyber in the Week Ahead

President Barack Obama walks off Air Force One as it snows at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland upon his return from a four-day trip to California on Feb. 16. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama walks off Air Force One as it snows at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland upon his return from a four-day trip to California on Feb. 16. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night can stop Washington on a congressional recess week. Full story

February 10, 2015

United States (or Pals) Sharing Military Intelligence With Bashar al-Assad?

Syrians walk past a billboard bearing a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad on Saadallah al-Jabiri square, on the government controlled side of Aleppo, on Nov. 16, 2014. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrians walk past a billboard bearing a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad on Saadallah al-Jabiri square, on the government controlled side of Aleppo, on Nov. 16, 2014. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has made new claims that the United States-led coalition has shared intelligence with him about its strikes on the Islamic State group inside his country. Sort of. Full story

February 9, 2015

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 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

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

January 29, 2015

Security Takeaways From the Loretta Lynch Hearings

(Bill Clark/Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/Roll Call)

The transcripts of the Senate Judiciary nomination hearings for Loretta Lynch from Wednesday alone run 63,928 words. Although immigration has been the top issue the attorney general nominee has faced, she also has talked about torture, cybersecurity, surveillance and terrorism suspect detention in military vs. civilian courts.

Here are the highlights, with one of her answers in full: Full story

Fiscal 2016 Budget Preview: Intelligence

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., greets Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odiernoa, before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing titled "Impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and Sequestration on National Security" on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., greets Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odiernoa, before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing titled “Impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and Sequestration on National Security” on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We haven’t seen as much leg on President Obama‘s fiscal 2016 intelligence budget proposal as we have on his defense budget, but then, we hardly ever see much of that classified spy agency spending. We do know a few things, however. 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

January 20, 2015

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

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“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

Drone-Related Shortages Abound

Two months ago came news that there was a shortage of military drones. Thursday came news that there’s a shortage of drone pilots, too.

Per Deborah Lee James, secretary of the Air Force…

The number of Air Force pilots needed to fly a growing number of missions worldwide has not kept up with demand. There are currently 988 Predator and Reaper pilots, but the Air Force is supposed to have 244 more drone pilots, James said, and not as many new pilots are coming in annually to replace the 240 who leave the drone force each year.

“This is a force that is under significant stress from what is an unrelenting pace of operations,” said James.

Oh, and “the sensor operators, the maintenance teams and the intelligence analysts” who are part of the drone-related workforce are also under stress, according to the Pentagon.

January 15, 2015

U-2 Spy Plane Lives — Again

A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane flies in this undated file photo. (USAF/Getty Images)

A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane flies in this undated file photo. (USAF/Getty Images)

The fate of the U-2 spy plane has flipped more often than an Anton Chigurh coin. Now, it looks like it’s back to having Obama administration support. 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

By Tim Starks Posted at 10:17 a.m.
Cyber, Intelligence

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