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March 2, 2015

AIPAC, DNI and ISIS in the Week Ahead

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah leave Tel Aviv on their way to Washington D.C. on March 1. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah leave Tel Aviv on their way to Washington D.C. on March 1. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Getty Images)

It’s another week of manic budget hearings. The highlights are Ashton B. Carter voyaging to both Senate Armed Services and House Appropriations to talk fiscal 2016 authorization and spending bills, respectively. Other topics of budget hearings this week include all four services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the F-35.

Here’s the non-budget hearing stuff — Thursday and Friday are light compared to the rest of the week with the exception of the aforementioned budget hearings, so we’ll leave them out: Full story

February 2, 2015

Obama Budget Day Highlights: DOD, VA, Intel, State, DHS

(Donald Rumsfeld, CQ Roll Call file photo)

(Donald Rumsfeld, CQ Roll Call file photo)

Here are your highlights for President Barack Obama‘s fiscal 2016 budget proposal for defense, security and foreign policy. This is the opening bid. Expect a lot of debate and reaction from the GOP-controlled Congress in the weeks and months to come. Full story

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

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

November 20, 2014

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

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)

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 18, 2014

Military Benefits Feud Holds Up Defense Policy Bill

A dispute over military benefits is complicating efforts to complete a fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, one of the big ticket items of the lame-duck congressional session currently underway.

Per Megan Scully (@CQMeganScully), writing for CQ.com subscribers Tuesday on talks between the House and Senate Armed Services panel:

Committee leaders had hoped to finalize the negotiated bill early this week, but they have reached an impasse over differences in the two measures on cost-saving Pentagon proposals to increase some TRICARE pharmacy co-pays and reduce the basic housing allowance for military personnel.

The House basically said “no” to those proposals and the Senate basically said “yes.” You’ll have to read the full story for the details on how this all might be resolved. There’s still hope, though, according to the negotiators.

November 17, 2014

House National Security Chairmanship Races Underway

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

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

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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

By Tim Starks Posted at 12:29 p.m.
Personnel, Veterans

November 11, 2014

On Veterans Day, View Data About the Veterans Population

The Center for a New American Security’s veterans data project released another series of products Tuesday to coincide with Veterans Day. It will tell you things like which areas have the highest density of veterans (Washington, D.C.; Alaska; Virginia), and others are making use of the information in different ways. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 12:02 p.m.
Veterans

November 10, 2014

The Week Ahead: Congress Returns, Veterans Day

A female member of the U.S. Army takes part in the 94th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade on 5th Avenue on Nov. 11, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

A female member of the U.S. Army takes part in the 94th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade on 5th Avenue on Nov. 11, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Congress is back in town, with plans to needle administration officials over Ebola and ISIS. Bruce Springsteen will be in town, too, for a Veterans Day concert. Full story

November 6, 2014

Security Committee Shake-Ups Ahead

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The indispensable CQ Weekly Guide to the New Congress is out for CQ subscribers, and it offers a smorgasbord of information about how national security and foreign policy committees are expected to change, plus what it means for the legislative agendas of those panels. Full story

November 5, 2014

Four* New Senators Have Military Backgrounds

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

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

October 30, 2014

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

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)

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 22, 2014

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

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

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

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