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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
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
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
[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
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.
The search for future leadership of up to three House committees with sway over national security has begun in earnest. Full story
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
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.
— Phillip Carter (@inteldump) November 11, 2014
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
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
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
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