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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

Weekly Recap: Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia

  • State of the Union. We wrote many, many things about the State of the Union address. One was a more in-depth exploration of the Pentagon’s role in cybersecurity legislation.
  • Yemen. Yemen was thrust into turmoil last week. We warned you early that it would be a big deal for the United States if there was a coup, and brought you a variety of congressional perspectives just before everything fell apart.
  • India. There are some very significant ramifications for the U.S. defense industry to President Obama‘s trip to India; read our interview with the Wilson Center’s Michael Kugelman for what they are.
  • CQ.com. Subscribers got a glimpse into House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry‘s (R-Texas) thinking on ground troops in Syria and minimizing Pentagon budget woes. They also read about foreshadowing for the fight over the House GOP border security plan. And CQ.com had a story on movement for a veterans suicide prevention bill.
  • Elsewhere. The death of Saudi King Abdullah must be mentioned, although it looks like it won’t change much geopolitically. Japan might’ve botched its handling of the Islamic State group kidnapping. Iran sanctions legislation had a rough week. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s trip to the United States in March has gotten awkward.

January 23, 2015

Friday Five By Five Q&A: Michael Kugelman on the Obama India Trip

michael-KugelmanThis weekend, President Obama leaves for a major trip to India, following on new Indian President Narendra Modi‘s successful trip to the United States.

Michael Kugelman is the senior program associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He spoke with Five By Five about the defense and security implications of the Obama India trip. Full story

About That ‘Scary’ ‘Terminator’ DARPA Robot

Surely the Terminator had to crawl before he could walk, then stalk, Sarah Connor. But some of the fears about the new “scarier” robot prototype for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge seem a bit overblown based on the video above, released this week.

That Boston Dynamics donkey is creepier. Honda’s Asimo, sure. And these emoting humanoid baby robots, absolutely.

January 21, 2015

Tim Kaine Wanted More From State of the Union on War Authorization

We touched on it a bit earlier, how President Obama in his State of the Union address called for a war authorization to fight the Islamic State group, but didn’t specify what the war authorization should say. Here’s Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., a leading thinker and advocate in Congress on the topic, with a fairly resounding condemnation of that portion of the speech:

“I’m pleased that President Obama addressed the need for Congress to pass an Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL but I am disappointed he did not signal an intention to send a draft to Congress for consideration. I was pleased the Senate Foreign Relations Committee acted last month. But Congress as a whole will be better prepared to act with specific guidance from the Administration on the language of an AUMF. I hope that guidance is forthcoming soon.  Five months of war has been far too long to make our servicemembers and their families wait for a political consensus on the scope of the U.S. mission. The President is right that as a nation, we are stronger when Congress and the President are united behind our mission. But additional delay — which I fear may be the case absent an administration draft — dishonors our servicemembers and further cements a dangerous precedent for the future.”

In Ernst GOP SOTU Response, No Security Disagreement

Ernst on Jan. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ernst on Jan. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said at the beginning of her official GOP response speech Tuesday night to the president’s State of the Union address, “Even if we may not always agree, it’s important to hear different points of view in this great country.” Then, on security, she proceeded to offer no different point of view from Barack Obama. Full story

January 20, 2015

Yemen Conflict Complicates U.S. Policy, Politics Picture

Members of the Houthi movementsit on a pick up truck mounted with a machine gun at a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Jan. 18. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the Houthi movementsit on a pick up truck mounted with a machine gun at a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Jan. 18. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

There are a couple major ways that the attack on Yemen’s presidential palace by Shia Houthi rebels causes problems for the Obama administration: 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

Father of Alleged U.S. Capitol Terror Plotter Calls Him ‘Momma’s Boy’

Christopher Lee Cornell, arrested for an alleged plot to attack the Capitol, is a “momma’s boy who never left the house,” according to his father, who made these remarks and others to the Cincinnati Enquirer:

“Everything you’re hearing in the media right now, they’ve already painted him as some kind of terrorist,” John Cornell said. … “They’ve painted him as some kind of jihadist. … (Christopher) is one of the most peace-loving people I know.”

By Tim Starks Posted at 12:04 p.m.
Terrorism

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 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 7, 2015

White House Criticized Charlie Hebdo in 2012 Over Cartoons

The French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo was victimized by gunmen Wednesday in what President Francois Hollande is calling a terrorist attack. The magazine has certainly “courted controversy,” to quote the BBC — to the point that the White House had questioned its decision to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad back in 2012.

Per:

“We have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, while adding “it is not in any way justification for violence.”

“We don’t question the right of something like this to be published, we just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it,” Carney said.

(h/t)

By Tim Starks Posted at 9:52 a.m.
Terrorism

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 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

Army’s Future, Syria, Defense Tech in the Week Ahead

Crocker at his confirmation hearing to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in 2011. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

Crocker at his confirmation hearing to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in 2011. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

All the big ticket congressional items on the defense agenda are finished, and now it’s down to the Senate fighting over a number of nominees, most prominent among them in the national security sphere Antony Blinken, for deputy secretary of State. Elsewhere… Full story

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