HASC on Carrier Air Groups

THE PROBLEM: Stocks of working equipment- including fighter jets- and trained personnel are so low that the Navy has to go to extraordinary lengths to send fully equipped Carrier Air Groups to sea. Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker testified to the Committee last week, “To get Carl Vinson, Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt ready to deploy in January, June and October of this year, and equip their embarked air wings with the required number of mission capable jets, 94 strike fighters had to be transferred to and from the maintenance depots or…

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National Defens e Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Conference Report

Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced details of the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. This legislation authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy.

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Thornberry on Air Force failure to record criminal record of former Airman

Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the Air Force’s handling of the criminal records of former Airman Devin P. Kelley: “News that the Air Force failed to notify the FBI of Devin Kelly’s military criminal record is appalling. I understand that Secretary Wilson has initiated an investigation, but I don’t believe that the Air Force should be left to self-police after such tragic consequences. Furthermore, I am concerned that the failure to properly report domestic violence convictions may be a systemic issue. I commend the DOD IG…

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7th Fleet Investigation Reinforces Readiness Concerns

WASHINGTON – Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee made the following statement on the Navy’s investigation into several collisions that took place in the Pacific over the course of the last year. Thornberry’s comments follow a briefing he received from Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations. “I am disturbed by the systemic problems the Navy has uncovered in their investigation of these tragic and fatal accidents. These deaths were entirely avoidable had Pentagon leadership in recent years heeded the warning signs in time, taken…

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HASC: 15 Subs Kept Out of Service

A massive maintenance backlog has idled 15 nuclear-powered attack submarines for a total of 177 months, and the Navy’s plan to mitigate the problem is jeopardized by budget gridlock, two House Armed Services Committee staffers told Breaking Defense. That is almost 15 submarine-years, the equivalent of taking a boat from the 2018 budget and not adding it back until 2033. While only Congress can pass a budget and lift caps on spending, the staffers said, part of the solution is in the Navy’s hands: outsource more work to private-sector shipyards,…

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HASC Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s Iran strategy: “The President’s announcement today rightly focuses on the full range of deadly threats from the Iranian regime. Our relationship with Iran should not be defined by one flawed nuclear deal. From Yemen to Lebanon, Iran is working to impose its brutal theocratic rule throughout the region. It supports terrorist groups like Hezbollah, bolsters the ruthless Assad dictatorship, promotes instability through sectarianism in Iraq,…

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Thornberry on DoD Investigation into Social Media Site

March 5, 2017 – Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following comments in response to a report that DoD is investigating allegations that social media was used to distribute nude photos of female service personnel: “Revelations of this sort of treatment against fellow Marines are troubling. Degrading behavior of this kind is entirely unacceptable. They and the nation deserve better. I expect the Marine Corps to investigate this matter fully with appropriate consequences for those who willingly participated.”

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Thornberry, Smith Announce Final Subcommittee Rosters

February 21, 2017 – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) today announced the final majority and minority members who will lead and serve on subcommittees for the 115th Congress. Mr. O’Rourke will serve as Vice Ranking Member of the Committee. One additional Democratic member will be assigned to the Committee later this session. Below are the members for the subcommittees in the 115th Congress: Emerging Threats and Capabilities Ms. Stefanik, Chairwoman Mr. Shuster Dr. Wenstrup Dr. Abraham Ms. Cheney, Vice Chair Mr….

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Thornberry On Manning Commutation

January 17, 2017 – Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement in response to the President’s commutation of inmate Manning’s sentence: “Inmate Manning was convicted of multiple acts of espionage against the United States and other serious military misconduct.  These actions potentially put our country and fellow soldiers at serious risk.  The President’s commutation of Manning’s sentence sends a terrible message to the world that the penalties for damaging our security can be swayed by politics.”

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