Author Archives: Mai Hanoon

Hagel Announces Arctic Strategy to Begin Shaping Investment, Collaboration

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled an Arctic Strategy that puts the department on a slow path to incorporating Arctic-focused procurement, training, international partnerships and more into the mix of global requirements, as climate change promises to bring in more people seeking travel and economic opportunities. Hagel, speaking Friday from Halifax, Nova Scotia, said the department […]

Air Force Calculating Numbers to Help Support Active/Reserve Balance Plans

With two different reports due in February 2014 that could affect the role the National Guard plays post-Afghanistan, the National Guard Bureau is hard at work trying to develop metrics to support its case, bureau chief Gen. Frank Grass told reporters Tuesday morning. The congressionally created National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force […]

Defense Bill Gets Caught In Battle Over Guantanamo Bay, Sexual Assaults

The Senate may be headed for delays in passing its National Defense Authorization Act this month, with Republican senators saying they will not allow the bill to move forward if full debate isn’t allowed. Debate on the bill began Monday evening, and by Tuesday majority leadership appeared interested in allowing amendments only on two hot-button […]

Thornberry: Acquisition Reform Effort Will Surface in FY ’15, ’16 NDAA Bills

The House Armed Services Committee’s recently announced acquisition reform effort is likely to yield some language in the fiscal year 2015 authorization bill and significantly more in the FY ’16 bill, as well as alter the interaction and lines of questioning lawmakers have with program officials throughout program development and acquisition, HASC vice chairman Mac […]

Inhofe Asks Senators To Proceed With NDAA This Week Despite Contentious Issues

As the Senate begins to consider the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014 this week, the Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member warned that a few contentious issues would be up for debate but that his colleagues should not hold up the bill’s progress because of those issues or unrelated ones. “I’m a […]

Admirals: Open Architecture Ensures Current Ships Stay Relevant, Futures Ones are Affordable

Today’s ever-changing threat environment means the time is right to start relying on open architecture and an incremental roll-out of capabilities, Navy officials said Nov. 12 at Defense Daily’s Open Architecture Summit. “There is a shift in how we set our requirements that’s happening–it’s hard to tell you’re in a revolution while it’s happening,” Program […]

Pentagon Officials Brief Non-HASC Members on Sequestration’s Effect on Readiness

Twenty-eight members of Congress attended a classified briefing yesterday afternoon hosted by House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and HASC readiness subcommittee chairman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) to learn about military budgeting, what goes into keeping the military ready, and how sequestration is hurting military readiness more than other military spending. “Today was a […]

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Congressmen Air Frustrations With Budgeting Process, Relationship with Pentagon

Two congressmen who currently serve in the military discussed what they see as a growing schism between Congress and the Pentagon, with their frustrations at the budgeting process on display. Speaking at the Defense One Summit yesterday, Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said they believe there is a lack of trust and […]

Frelinghuysen to Chair House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said yesterday that Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) would serve as the chairman of the defense subcommittee, after former chairman Bill Young (R-Fla.) died earlier this year. Frelinghuysen was the number-two Republican on the defense subcommittee and also served as the chairman of the energy and water development subcommittee. […]