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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 23, 2015

Budget Hearings, NSA, National Guard in the Week Ahead

Kerry arrives in the Capitol's House chamber before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Jan. 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Kerry arrives in the Capitol’s House chamber before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Jan. 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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

February 18, 2015

Congress Could Block Armed Drone Sales, But Probably Just Situationally

In this handout released by the U.S. Navy courtesy of Northrop Grumman, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator lands after completing the first launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle from an aircraft carrier in, 2013 at Naval Air Staion Patuxent River, Md. ( U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman via Getty Images)

In this handout released by the U.S. Navy courtesy of Northrop Grumman, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator lands after completing the first launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle from an aircraft carrier in, 2013 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. ( U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman via Getty Images)

Congress is more likely to block individual armed drone sales deals overseas than to block a new policy announced Tuesday allowing expanded exports overall. (CQ.com story for subscribers) Full story

February 11, 2015

Pentagon No. 2 on Budget Proposal: We Need the Cash, China, Russia Catching Up

Work in August of 2014. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Work in August of 2014. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Much has been made of how far over the limit the Pentagon’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal is. The deputy secretary of the Defense Department, Bob Work, is sticking up for that, saying there’s too much competition from other world powers to do anything less. Full story

February 6, 2015

Weekly Recap: National Security Strategy, Jordan & Guantanamo

It was almost all about the fiscal 2016 budget proposal and the nomination hearings for a new Defense secretary this week. Almost. Full story

February 5, 2015

How Independent Will Ashton Carter Be From Barack Obama?

From left, Sen. Angus King, I-Me., Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., talks during a break in a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Carter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

From left, Sen. Angus King, I-Me., Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., talk during a break in a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Ashton Carter on Feb. 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ukraine, Guantanamo, Afghanistan, the defense budget — anyone listening to Ashton Carter at Wednesday’s Senate Armed Services confirmation hearing could hear some verbiage suggesting differences with the president.

More likely, the space between the two isn’t what it looks like. And even if it is, it might not matter. Full story

January 30, 2015

Pentagon Hardware Budget Fights: Fiscal 2016 Forecast, Fiscal 2015 Review

We’ve seen enough of the fiscal 2016 budget plan for the Pentagon from the Obama administration to get a sense of where it comes down on some of the biggest-ticket hardware. Let’s review some of last year’s biggest fights, and where they might go this year. 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 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

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

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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

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