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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

November 20, 2014

Which House National Security Committee Leadership Posts Are Settled, Which Aren’t

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Granger speaks with reporters as she leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on July 29. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

[Updated Thursday, 11:38 a.m., 1:55 p.m.]

Most of the blood to be spilled in national security and foreign policy-related House committee leadership races has now been spilled. Here’s the landscape as a result, with notes in some cases. Full story

November 17, 2014

House National Security Chairmanship Races Underway

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Devin Nunes, R-Calif., photographed in April, is running for House Intelligence chairman. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The search for future leadership of up to three House committees with sway over national security has begun in earnest. Full story

November 14, 2014

Weekly Recap: Syrian Rebel Vetting, Defense Bills, Veterans

The video will make sense shortly. Here are some highlights from the week that was at Five By Five, and in reporting elsewhere. Full story

Poor Suicide Reporting Risks Lives, Defense Department Watchdog Report Finds

Too often, according to a Defense Department inspector general report released online Friday, suicide data on servicemembers is inadequate – and without that data, it’s harder to prevent suicides.

Full story

November 7, 2014

Weekly Recap: Red Senate, Camouflage Ice Cream

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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?

November 6, 2014

In House, (As Many As) 16 New Members With Military Backgrounds

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Ruben Gallego speaks during a fundraiser at the Pizza People Pub in Phoenix on Aug. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Following up on that tally of new senators with military records: Sixteen House incumbents with military backgrounds will depart as of the next Congress, and a nearly identical number of new House members with military backgrounds are set to replace them. Full story

November 5, 2014

Four* New Senators Have Military Backgrounds

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Joni Ernst during a campaign stop at the 2014 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Aug. 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For a while now, Congress has been losing military experience amongst its members. In the Senate, at least, there will be more lawmakers with military backgrounds than before Tuesday. Full story

How a GOP Senate Transforms the Defense, Homeland Security and Foreign Policy Agendas

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. – now in position to become Majority Leader – raises hands with top aide Josh Holmes, during a party for Kentucky Republicans in Louisville, Ky., Nov, 4. McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

[Updated 1:56 p.m.] It was a big Tuesday night for Republicans, big enough to take control of the Senate. That’s going to have a big impact on the national security and foreign policy agendas. Full story

October 30, 2014

Begich vs. Sullivan Senate Debate Shows Rising Role of National Security in Midterms

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Alaska Sen. Mark Begich arrives for the Senate closed briefing in the Capitol on the White House strategy on ISIS on Sept. 11. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For the latest evidence that national security and foreign policy are figuring into the midterm elections in ways they weren’t even two months ago, consider the Wednesday evening Senate debate in Alaska: Full story

October 29, 2014

For His Final Act, Chuck Hagel Plans to Think Big

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Hagel testifies during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. policy towards Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by ISIS on Sept. 16. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Asked Wednesday about his goals during the Obama administration’s final two years, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the idea is to “bring this country back together to work together to address the big, big issues coming at our country that will have long-term consequences for our society, for our next generation.”

That means: the ongoing threat of terrorism, climate change and other challenges not likely to subside anytime soon. Full story

October 22, 2014

Coburn Wastebook: Iron Man Suit, FEMA Golf Courses, Navy Magazines

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Sen. Tom Coburn on Jan. 14. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (@tomcoburn) is out with his final edition of his annual Wastebook of government spending, and besides the massages for rabbits and money to watch grass grow, a variety of Defense Department projects and other national security-related programs get the Oklahoma Republican’s sardonic smack. Full story

October 21, 2014

Backlash Against Leon Panetta, Robert Gates Over Memoirs

President Obama’s former Defense secretaries are coming under fire in light of their memoirs that criticize the commander-in-chief while he’s still in office. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 8:33 a.m.
Personnel

October 20, 2014

Video: John Oliver Shreds U.S. Over Afghan Translators on ‘Last Week Tonight’

On HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” Sunday, John Oliver ripped into the backlog of Afghan translators awaiting special U.S. visas. The deadly threats against those translators were the subject of what has become the defining trait of Oliver’s show: a 15-minute plus segment where he lays waste to one particular problem. Full story

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