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Interview with Allan Austin 20th Century Quaker Interracial Activism

Karen Johnson. I'm honored to post the first half of an interview with Allan Austin about his book Quaker Brotherhood:Interracial Activism and the American Friends Service Committee, 1917-1950. In his book, Austin traces Quakers' efforts...Show More Summary

House Armed Services Subcommittee Chairmen Shuffle Chairs

US House Armed Services Committee Chairman-elect Thornberry announced subcommittee chairs: Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities: Joe Wilson [SC – was Thornberry]; Seapower and Projection Forces: Randy Forbes [VA – same]; Military Personnel: Joe Heck [NV – was Joe Wilson]; Tactical Air and Land Forces: Michael Turner [OH – same]; Strategic Forces: Mike Rogers [AL – […]

Ashton Carter to be announced as Obama’s next Secretary of Defense

Ashton Carter testifies during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee May 19, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images WASHINGTON — The White House will nominate Ashton Carter will be the next Secretary of Defense today in a press conference at 10 a.m. Show More Summary

Congress Punts on Reducing Retiree COLA Pay

A move to reduce retirement pay increases for future career service members by 1 percent lower will not go into effect for another year under the 2015 defense budget agreed to by the Senate and House armed services committees.

McCain wants Lieberman as defense secretary, because of course he does

Too perfect: Apparently the White House asked Sen. John McCain, in his capacity as incoming chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who he'd suggest to replace Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. “I said Lieberman,” McCain told our colleague Steven Ginsberg as he got off the Amtrak Acela from Washington to New York. Show More Summary

Ashton Carter at the top of Obama’s short list for Pentagon chief

Ashton Carter testifies during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee May 19, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter has emerged as President...Show More Summary

John McCain Recommends Joe Lieberman For Defense Secretary

Senator John McCain recommends that former Senator Joe Lieberman replace Chuck Hagel. McCain (R-AZ), incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough that former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) should be the next defense secretary, the Washington Post reports. McCain added that he did “not think his close [...]

John McCain: Chuck Hagel Was 'Very Very Frustrated' With Obama

Sen. John McCain says: “I thank Chuck Hagel for his service, and I know that he was very, very frustrated.” McCain, expected to become chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee in January, was reacting to news that President Obama is forcing Secretary of Defense Hagel to resign. Show More Summary

Congressional Hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the Military Gets Contentious

Yesterday, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on "Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services" -- and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation was one of the non-right-wing representatives on the panel.You can now watch the hearing online. Weinstein begins speaking at the 25:18 mark, and his prepared remarks are here:

GOP lawmaker: If rabbis won’t pray to Jesus, ‘we’re headed toward the end of the world’

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

At an Armed Services Committee meeting on “Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services,” Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) told a former Jewish Navy chaplain that his objection to having Christian prayers said in unofficial functions — such as before and after battles —...

Acquisition Reform Advocate

Mac Thornberry [R-TX] was selected [Breaking Defense] by the Republican steering committee to chair the US House Armed Services Committee. He had been seen as the contender most likely to succeed retiring chairman Buck McKeon. Randy Forbes [R-VA] was also interested in the position. Thornberry volunteered to head an acquisition reform effort late last year. […]

Today, on Capitol Hill, There Will Be a Hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the Military

Tomorrow, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on "Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services" -- and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation will be one of the non-right-wing representatives on the panel (sitting next to people from Family Research Council, Liberty Institute, and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty):

Top US General: We Are 'Certainly Considering' Using Ground Troops In Iraq

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has told the House Armed Services Committee today that he would be open to sending a small number of US ground troops into Iraq in order to help retake the country's second largest city, which ISIS currently holds. Show More Summary

John McCain and other lawmakers vow to save the A-10 ‘Warthog’ fighter

last monthNews : The Raw Story

An influential group of U.S. lawmakers, including John McCain, in line to become the head of the Senate’s powerful Armed Services Committee, on Thursday pledged to thwart the Pentagon’s plans to retire the U.S. fleet of A-10 “Warthog” aircraft. The Pentagon, facing mandatory...

Watch Live Stream On House ISIS Hearing

last monthNews : Mediaite

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey are testifying Thursday in front of the House Armed Services Committee regarding U.S. combat operations against the Islamic terrorist network ISIS.

McCain: Obama Is Not Taking the Advice of His Military Commanders on ISIS

NEW YORK -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- the powerful incoming chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee -- had harsh words for the Obama Administration on Monday over the president's strategy to fight ISIS and conclude a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Speaking at the 92 St. Show More Summary

McCain: Obama Is Not Taking the Advice of His Military Commanders on ISIS

NEW YORK -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- the powerful incoming chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee -- had harsh words for the Obama Administration on Monday over the president's strategy to fight ISIS and conclude a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Speaking at the 92 St. Show More Summary

McCain: Obama Is Not Taking the Advice of His Military Commanders on ISIS

NEW YORK -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- the powerful incoming chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee -- had harsh words for the Obama Administration on Monday over the president's strategy to fight ISIS and conclude a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Speaking at the 92 St. Show More Summary

Taking Veterans' Concerns Seriously

On Monday, November, 10, 2014, I presented five local Metroplex veterans with the CVC award. Sitting on the House Armed Services Committee is a great responsibility and an opportunity to represent not only the thousands of veterans in...Show More Summary

Taking Veterans' Concerns Seriously

On Monday, November, 10, 2014, I presented five local Metroplex veterans with the CVC award. Sitting on the House Armed Services Committee is a great responsibility and an opportunity to represent not only the thousands of veterans in...Show More Summary

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