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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

“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

January 8, 2015

Two Perspectives on the Pentagon’s ‘Yoda,’ Andrew Marshall

A bronze statue of "Star Wars" character Yoda is on display after being unveiled at the new Imagination Park in 2013 in San Anselmo, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A bronze statue of the “Star Wars” character Yoda is on display after being unveiled at the new Imagination Park in 2013 in San Anselmo, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Perhaps you are a big thinker about defense and want to make $183K replacing the outgoing Pentagon “Yoda,” Andrew Marshall. You might want to know whose shoes you’re filling. Full story

January 7, 2015

Ashton Carter Hearing Delayed, But Scrutiny Has Already Begun

Obama announces his nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense Secretary in the Roosevelt Room at the White House Dec. 5. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama announces his nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense Secretary in the Roosevelt Room at the White House Dec. 5. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., told reporters Monday that the nomination hearing for the new Defense secretary won’t happen until early February. That doesn’t mean Ashton Carter, recovering from back surgery, is out from under the microscope until then. Full story

January 5, 2015

Does 3-D Printing Threaten the Defense Industry?

A replica of the skeleton of King Richard III, created using 3-D printing, is displayed in the new visitor's centre on the site where his remains were discovered, in Leicester, central England, in July, 2014. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

A replica of the skeleton of King Richard III, created using 3-D printing, is displayed in the new visitor’s centre on the site where his remains were discovered, in Leicester, central England, in July, 2014. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

3-D printing is good for more than just creating amazing Batman costume replicas. It could “revolutionize” the defense industry. And if you’re a defense contractor, that might not be such a great thing. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 8:21 a.m.
Personnel, Technology

December 29, 2014

National Security in the New Year

New Year's Eve numerals arrive in Times Square prior to installation atop One Times Square, at Times Square on Dec. 16. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

New Year’s Eve numerals arrive in Times Square prior to installation atop One Times Square, at Times Square on Dec. 16. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

There are big changes afoot in 2015: a new Congress, a new Pentagon chief, an evolving battlefield. Here’s a look ahead to some of the developments you can expect, as covered here in 2014 by Five By Five. Full story

December 19, 2014

Five By Five Friday Q&A: Arnold Punaro, NDIA

bio_punaro_hiresRet. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold L. Punaro is the chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, as well as CEO of the Punaro Group. He’s also a former long-time Hill staffer.

With Congress wrapping up its work this week, Five By Five spoke with him for the industry perspective on what Congress did this year, what it didn’t do and what it might do next. (The interview is edited slightly for clarity and length.) Full story

December 15, 2014

National Security Work Done, and Still Undone, in Congressional Stretch Run

It’s been an exceptionally hectic stretch run for Congress. For such an unproductive 113th session, a great deal has sped up as the finish line nears, likely this week. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened on the national security and foreign policy fronts, and some of what still hasn’t happened, with links to CQ.com ($) stories. Full story

December 8, 2014

Arms Control, Human Rights, Afghanistan in the Week Ahead

Kilmer attends a House Armed Services Committee markup of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Kilmer attends a House Armed Services Committee markup of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional votes on Defense spending and policy bills are expected this week. Wait! That’s not all! Full story

December 5, 2014

Weekly Recap: SecDef, Defauth, Diamond Dave

There were two obviously major storylines this week: A new Defense secretary is on the way, and the fiscal 2015 defense policy bill hit the streets. There were plenty of other stories elsewhere, too. Full story

Another Look at Ashton Carter

In a 2013 picture while deputy secretary of Defense, Carter holds letters before talks with South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin at the defence ministry of South Korea in Seoul. (Lee Jae-Won/AFP/Getty Images)

In a 2013 picture while deputy secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter holds letters before talks with South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin at the defence ministry of South Korea in Seoul. (Lee Jae-Won/AFP/Getty Images)

With Ashton Carter set to get the official nod Friday as Defense secretary, it’s worth a second look at his record. Full story

December 2, 2014

Ashton Carter Builds Steam For Defense Secretary Job

Carter, as undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, testifies in 2011 before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

Carter, as undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, testifies in 2011 before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

There’s no White House announcement yet, but signs point to Ashton Carter replacing Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon. CQ.com is reporting that he might get a nice reception from a key lawmaker. Or, at least, as nice as they get from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 3 p.m.
Personnel

November 25, 2014

Roundup: All Things Chuck Hagel

We’ve written a number of things here at Five By Five about the departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Here’s a smattering of key articles from elsewhere.

  • At CQ.com, Megan Scully weighed potential successors; Paul Hendrie warned of how hard it might be to find someone willing; and I forecasted a confirmation fight that would be as much about administration policy as the person chosen, and some difficulties in getting anyone through an angry GOP Senate.
  • Politico offered a kind of tick-tock, behind-the-scenes of how the decision went down and why.
  • Both Politico and the New York Times wrote that a larger national security team shake-up wasn’t imminent. The Times explained what that means for foreign policy under this administration.
  • Bloomberg posited that Hagel’s departure showed a continued weakening of the Pentagon under President Obama.
  • The Daily Beast also predicted a hard confirmation battle, but made some different points than I did.
  • And Foreign Policy surveyed the landscape at the Pentagon in a post-Hagel world.

November 24, 2014

Who Will Replace Chuck Hagel?

[Update 11:32 p.m.] The blockbuster news about Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel being pushed out by the White House is going to ripple for a long while. One of the ripples has already started with this question: Who’s going to replace him? Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 10:19 a.m.
Personnel

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