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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 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 15, 2015

Five More Guantanamo Detainees Transferred — Can GOP Stop Obama?

McCain and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., conduct a news conference in the Senate studio on Guantanamo detainees, Jan. 13. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

McCain and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., conduct a news conference in the Senate studio on Guantanamo detainees, Jan. 13. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Late Wednesday, the Pentagon announced the transfer of five more Guantanamo Bay Naval Base detainees, part of a stepped up pace by the Obama administration. The new all-GOP Congress, despite its desires, might not be able to act fast enough to prevent many more. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 7:51 a.m.
Navy

January 12, 2015

North Korea, the Navy & Henry Kissinger in the Week Ahead

Deborah Lee James speaks during the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Sept. 15. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Deborah Lee James speaks during the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Sept. 15. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The first security legislating of 2015 is on deck in the House this week, with a homeland security funding bill the vehicle for a rollback of President Obama‘s immigration executive order. A congressional GOP retreat after that will slow action on the Hill, leaving the rest of Washington to carry the burden of news events. 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

January 6, 2015

Lockheed Martin on F-35: No Gun Software Glitch; Sensor Upgrades Expected

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducts its first arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on Nov. 3, 2014 at sea in the Pacific Ocean. (Kelly M. Agee/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducts its first arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on Nov. 3, 2014 at sea in the Pacific Ocean. (Kelly M. Agee/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

On Monday we shared some bad news stories about the F-35’s gun and its sensor system. Contractor Lockheed Martin, which had not responded publicly at the time, offered this response: Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 10:36 a.m.
Navy, Procurement, Technology

January 5, 2015

Navy Procurement, the Asia ‘Pivot’ in the Week Ahead

FALFURRIAS, TX -- The shadow of a helicopter from U.S. Office of Air and Marine passes a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle as agents search for undocumented immigrants in September. (John Moore/Getty Images)

FALFURRIAS, Texas — The shadow of a helicopter from U.S. Office of Air and Marine passes a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle as agents search for undocumented immigrants in September. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Congress returns this week, all-GOP now, just not with any fuss right away; everyone’s still going to be getting settled in with new committees leaders, new lawmakers, all of it. In the meantime, here are the highlights of a slim schedule around town. 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 15, 2014

Navy Tests Underwater Spy Fish Drone

It’s called Ghostswimmer (or Project Silent Nemo) and it wiggles in the water like a fish.  It is pretty realistic, that Navy spy fish drone. Full story

December 12, 2014

Weekly Recap: Torture Report Times Infinity, Laser Cannon, ISIS

It was a bonkers week in the national security world. We had the Senate Intelligence Committee report on Bush administration-era detention and interrogation practices dominating the news to such a degree that the mammoth “cromnibus” spending bill for the Defense Department and other agencies was overshadowed. Even a video of a real life laser cannon – a laser cannon!!!! – couldn’t steal much of the spotlight. Full story

November 25, 2014

How the Departure of Chuck Hagel Affects the Defense Agenda

On one level, the exit of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel represents a break from what was before. On another level, nothing on the agenda will change, at least not because of his departure. Full story

November 17, 2014

Video: F-35C Lighting II Flight Tests (Night and Day)

As the most expensive weapon system ever (and with its share of foibles), the F-35 program gets an awful lot of scrutiny. Recently, it’s been in the news for some successful tests. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 12:31 p.m.
Navy

Helicopters, ISR & NSA in the Week Ahead

Ayotte on the campaign trail in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ayotte on the campaign trail in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s a week that’s loaded up in the middle even more than usual, with less happening on Monday and Friday than Washington, D.C.’s well-established tendency toward slow beginnings and sleepy endings.  Full story

November 12, 2014

Retired Admirals to Congress: Don’t Let the Navy Break

A picture taken on June 13, 2013 shows the American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower crossing the Suez canal off the coast of Ismailia port city, east of Cairo. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on June 13, 2013 shows the American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower crossing the Suez canal off the coast of Ismailia port city, east of Cairo. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

[Updated 4:21 p.m.] The Navy is strained to its breaking point, a group of nearly 100 retired Navy admirals and Marine Corps generals wrote in a letter to Congress Wednesday. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 3:32 p.m.
Marines, Navy

November 7, 2014

Weekly Recap: Red Senate, Camouflage Ice Cream

Photo courtesy of Baskin-Robbins' Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Baskin-Robbins’ Facebook page.

It wasn’t a boring one.

  • Election crazy. We went nuts on election coverage and analysis here at Five By Five this week, from the altered state of the security agenda, to the key committee changes, to the reaction in various security/foreign policy spheres, to the new military experience in both the House and Senate.
  • Other parts of the world. Rachel Oswald (@oswaldrachel) had two dispatches for 5×5 about what U.S. diplomats were saying: the U.S. assistant Secretary of State for African affairs (on Zimbabwe) and the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (on Syria). Oh, and on the subject of Syria…
  • Serious coverage elsewhere. The Washington Examiner offered a contrarian point of view about how much impact the elections would have on national security. Away from the election: The Washington Post wrote about changes afoot with the Defense Clandestine Service. The Navy Times had the peculiar tale of the Navy intel chief being forbidden from viewing classified information.
  • Less serious coverage elsewhere. Navy Seal + dog rappelling into an NFL game = delirious reaction. And how does camouflage ice cream sound to you?

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