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February 20, 2015

Weekly Recap: Presidential Politics, Weaponry, Viagra (Again)

Syrian scholar and Muslim cleric Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi listens as U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism Feb. 19. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Syrian scholar and Muslim cleric Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi listens as U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism Feb. 19. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • Weaponry. Armed drone exports are an area for congressional intervention, but maybe not like you think. And the technical capabilities of other countries bombing the Islamic State group might be one of several problems with others getting involved.
  • Politics. We’ve spent some time on the other GOP presidential candidates’ foreign policy views, and turned our attention this week to Jeb Bush‘s.
  • Viagra. People seriously can’t seem to get enough of us writing about the Pentagon Viagra budget so it keeps making the weekly recap.
  • Elsewhere. There’s a permanent Secret Service boss on tap. Here‘s what the Atlantic says ISIS is about, and a counterpoint. And here‘s what a Russian cybersecurity firm says about the United States spying on foreign computers.

February 19, 2015

Pentagon Personnel Shuffle Under Ashton Carter Begins

Kirby conducts a briefing at the Pentagon, Jan. 9. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Kirby conducts a briefing at the Pentagon, Jan. 9. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In the past couple days, a couple of high profile positions have been shuffled around at the Pentagon under new Secretary Ashton B. Carter. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:02 a.m.
Army, Personnel

February 18, 2015

Which Bush Will Jeb Bush Be on Foreign Policy?

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the Detroit Economic Club Feb. 4. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the Detroit Economic Club Feb. 4. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Prospective GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday offered a somewhat muddled message about where he stands in contrast to father George H.W. and brother George W. on foreign policy:

“I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. But I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.”

Slight issue. Bush I and Bush II represent very different poles of the Republican Party. Take Iraq, where Bush I’s pragmatic approach led Bush II to take the neoconservative approach. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 12:45 p.m.
Personnel

February 17, 2015

Pentagon Actually Spent $41.6 Million on Viagra Last Year, Not $500K

Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed jokes around as he prepares to present former footballer Gary Lineker with some Viagra at the World Class Football Auction launch photocall at Harrods in 2010 in London. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed jokes around as he prepares to present former footballer Gary Lineker with some Viagra at the World Class Football Auction launch photocall at Harrods in 2010 in London. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Remember this recent story about the Pentagon’s Viagra budget of more than $500,000 last year? The Military Times threw some shade on it with its own reporting, which put the tally at $41.6 million, and $84.2 million on erectile dysfunction drugs overall. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:59 a.m.
Personnel, Pop Culture

February 13, 2015

Weekly Recap: New Pentagon Chief, AUMF, Viagra

A Pakistani policewoman fires a heavy machine gun during a special elite police training course at a police training centre in Nowshera, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on Feb. 11. (A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

A Pakistani policewoman fires a heavy machine gun during a special elite police training course at a police training centre in Nowshera, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on Feb. 11. (A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

February 11, 2015

Whoa-nesday: Ashton Carter, Authorization for Use of Military Force

Busy, busy day in the defense world this Wednesday. To wit:

  • President Obama sent his proposal for an authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State group to Capitol Hill. That would normally be news enough by itself, but he also opened the door slightly to potential ground troops in combat operations, something he had previously resisted. Some of that gets into “matter of interpretation,” as his emphasis was on ground troops limits within the AUMF, but it could be a big deal.
  • The Senate will probably vote to confirm Ashton B. Carter as secretary of the Defense Department today; if not, Thursday. He flew through the Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously last week. Whether this GOP Congress and this Democratic president can work well together on much of anything else is another question, but the likelihood of Carter’s overwhelming vote shows they can agree on at least one thing.
  • Both sides of the Capitol are abuzz with Armed Services hearings, among other events.

 

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:38 a.m.
Personnel, War

February 9, 2015

Pentagon Spent More Than $500K on Viagra. Here’s Why.

(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

There’s a Washington Free Beacon story about the Pentagon Viagra budget that’s starting to get a little bit of traction (it spent more than $500,000 last year, plus some more on other brands of sexual enhancement drugs). Set aside any jokes; set aside any discussion about the wisdom of such government spending. Let’s get to the “why.” 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

Ashton Carter + Personal Finances = ?

Carter, second right, testifies as his wife Stephanie, right, looks on during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 4.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Carter, second right, testifies as his wife Stephanie, right, looks on during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 4. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ashton Carter‘s wife, Stephanie, apparently” likes Joey Bada$$ (who was linked to the whole Malia Obama selfie incident) and has financial links with companies that do business with the Pentagon. The latter is one of several potential conflicts for President Obama‘s pick for Defense secretary, not that it really came up at Wednesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee vetting. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 9:49 a.m.
Personnel

February 4, 2015

Ashton Carter on Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, China, Russia

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

February 2, 2015

Ashton Carter, the Budget & Yemen in the Week Ahead

It’s a monster week. The budget Monday and a nomination hearing Wednesday for the new Defense secretary would be plenty as-is, yet there’s significantly more on the agenda. Full story

January 28, 2015

Big Pentagon Budget Details Leak

U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington sits at anchor in Busan port on July 11, 2014 in Busan, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

U.S. aircraft carrier U.S.S. George Washington sits at anchor in Busan port on July 11, 2014 in Busan, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

CQ.com had the scoop on the big picture Pentagon budget proposal figures for fiscal 2016. Now the floodgates are open. 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

January 9, 2015

Weekly Recap: F-35, Ashton Carter, Republican Presidential Candidates

It was a week of Batman references, Yoda and ray guns at Five By Five, yet also a week of grown-up things, like the military budget. Full story

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