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September 19, 2014

Event Reminder: National Security, the Midterms and the 114th Congress

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Don’t forget to RSVP for the joint Just Security/CQ Roll Call event Monday, Sept. 22, where a panel (including yours truly) will discuss what role national security is playing in the 2014 elections — then what happens in the next Congress. Also, there are drinks afterward, in celebration of the birthday of Just Security.

September 12, 2014

Event: National Security in the 2014 Elections, Then After

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There’s an event coming up here in Washington, D.C. that CQ Roll Call is co-hosting with Just Security, the excellent blog about national security law that Five By Five has been quoting almost literally since day one. The event is on Sept. 22 and it’s about the role national security is playing in the elections, then what the post-election picture looks like for Congress and national security.

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July 25, 2014

Twitter Chat With Five By Five’s Tim Starks on Defense, National Security

Forgive the very, very brief lapse into first person: I’ll be doing a Twitter chat with Powell Tate for their series of conversations there with defense and national security writers and newsmakers, starting at 10:30 a.m. EST.

You can follow along on the exchange between @timstarks and @wsglobaldef via the hashtag #WSGlobalDef. Or just visit it later via the same method.

July 18, 2014

Energy Xtra, CQ Roll Call’s Latest Policy Blog

Another blog joins CQ Roll Call’s Policy Pulse roster: Energy Xtra, written by Randy Leonard, a longtime reporter on energy and environment issues. The blog will touch upon numerous topics of interest to Five by Five readers, especially where the two beats intersect on the energy supply and national security, like this post on former Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen’s assessment of the role shale oil plays in U.S. energy independence.

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July 14, 2014

New Health Policy Blog: Healthopolis

CQ Roll Call has launched Healthopolis, another Policy Pulse blog to join Five by Five, Technocrat and The Container. Written by Paul Jenks, it will be a platform for health policy news “from the capital and beyond,” including at least one topic of interest to Five by Five readers: veterans’ health care.

June 17, 2014

New Transportation Blog: The Container

This week CQ Roll Call launched the third of its Policy Pulse blogs, The Container. Written by veteran politics and policy reporter Tom Curry, the blog will cover all facets of transportation, from car-sharing to ports to aviation, as well as the continuing efforts of Congress to remake the Highway Trust Fund.

Tom has already written about a House Transportation Committee roundtable in New York on public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects, about a bottleneck for coal exports and about a transportation bill that’s really about bees. Check out The Container at

The Container joins Five by Five and Technocrat in the Policy Pulse ranks.

June 9, 2014

Welcome to Five By Five

starks011 052214 240x160 Welcome to Five By FiveWelcome to CQ Roll Call’s newest blog, Five By Five, where we’ll be we’ll be covering what’s going on from the Pentagon to Capitol Hill, from the physical world of industry and technology to the abstract world of think tanks. Our focus will be defense, but we’ll also delve into other aspects of national security. And we’ll draw on CQ Roll Call’s excellent defense and foreign policy team along the way. The goal is to produce a blog that is engaging, provocative and essential.

If the name “Five By Five” doesn’t ring a bell: It’s a phrase used in military communications and by other radio operators that means the signal is loud and clear. It just so happens as well that there are five sides to the Pentagon and we’ll be here a minimum of five days a week. (The Buffy the Vampire Slayer connection is purely coincidental, as is the fact that “CQ” is also a radio call.) Full story

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