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The Democrats’ War at Home

Sens. Mark Udall, Jeanne Shaheen, and Kay Hagan all serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee. With national security in the headlines, that position could give them standing to speak with authority about terrorist threats and what they believe the United States should do to respond to them. Show More Summary

Tillis Slams Hagan For Absence on The ISIS Threat

Republican Thom Tillis is out with a new ad slamming Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) for her numerous absences from Senate Armed Services Committee hearings and failing to raise warnings about the threat of the Islamic State. The ad, releasedShow More Summary

Senior Democrat: We Should Be Proud of Afghanistan Progress

Retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D—Mich), chairman of the armed services committee, says things are getting better all the time in Afghanistan

Ranking House Armed Services Dem: Congress Could Reconvene for Syria Authorization Vote

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, declared that the United States’ commencement of airstrikes against ISIS in Syria showed that the United States was at war “without a doubt” and that...Show More Summary

Report: Growing Rift Between Obama And Military

There is a growing rift between President Obama and the military about how to fight ISIS reports the Washington Post. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tried to reassure the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday that civilian and military leaders at the Pentagon were in “full alignment” and in “complete agreement with every component of the [...]

US Senate Committee Denounces Chinese Cyber Intrusions

The US Senate Armed Services Committee released a redacted report [PDF] on repeated Chinese intrusions into US military logistical systems: “Hackers associated with the Chinese government successfully penetrated the computer systems of U.S. Transportation Command contractors at least 20 times in a single year.” At an exhibition in Beijing, China is showing aerial photos of […]

Part One: As US Talks About Developing an Int'l Coalition; ISIS Deploys One To Battlefield

Even before Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee that limited use of US ground forces could prove necessary in the US lead fight against ISIS terrorist forces in Iraq and Syria,...Show More Summary

Hagel Clarifies: US Forces Will Be on the Ground; They Wont Be 'Combat Forces'

Thursday at the House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. strategy for combating ISIS, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel attempted to clarify President Barack Obama's insistence that he is not committing U.S. troops to another war in Iraq by parsing the difference between U.S. Show More Summary

OFFICIALS: China Hacked US Defense Contractors 20 Times In Just One Year

The Senate Armed Services Committee released a new report Wednesday alleging hackers linked to the Chinese government "successfully penetrated the computer systems of U.S. Transportation Command contractors at least 20 times in a single...Show More Summary

Ground Troops Against ISIS: Not Why, But To What End?

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey opened the door to introducing U.S. ground troops into the campaign against the so-called “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria. Dempsey said, “If…there are threats to the U.S., then of course, [...]

Top U.S. Military Official: Our Arab “Allies” Support ISIS

America’s top military official – the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey – just admitted in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing what we’ve been saying for months … America’s closest allies are supporting ISIS: SEN. Show More Summary

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: “The Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on the war aga…

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: “The Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on the war against the Islamic State yesterday was not a confidence booster. You got the distinct feeling the administration hadn’t thought through its own plan and was motivated not by the end goal of defeating the Islamic State, but by [...]

The very scary Armed Services hearing

The Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on the war against the Islamic State yesterday was not a confidence booster. You got the distinct feeling the administration hadn’t thought through its own plan and was motivated not by the end goal of defeating the Islamic State, but by its desire to keep the U.S. at arm’s […]

US ground troops could return to Iraq, says top military adviser

Credits: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Alt Text: Martin Dempsey before the Senate Armed Services Committee Government accused of sending 'mixed messages' about their mission against Islamic State militants One-Minute Read Wednesday, September...Show More Summary

Inhofe: Obama 'Not Telling the Truth' About ISIS

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that President Obama is “flat not telling the truth” about the nation’s strategy to combat ISIS on CNN’s “The Lead” on Tuesday. “The president is just flat not telling the truth. Show More Summary

Oh hey guy we might be sending ground troops to Iraq after all

2 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey testify during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. policy toward Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State on Capitol Hill in Washington September 16, 2014. Show More Summary

Preparing For All Out Iraq War: Joint Chiefs Of Staff Back US Troops In Combat "If Necessary"

Who could have seen this coming? In yet another example of untruthiness, it appears, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning, President Obama would back U.S. Show More Summary

Desperately Seeking Moderates, Ctd

The House is working on an authorization to arm the “moderate” Syrian rebels: The House Armed Services Committee has drafted an amendment to grant authorization to the President to arm and train Syrian rebels opposed to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). There are some strings attached, including requiring that the Pentagon […]

Breaking News (OK, Not Really): McCain Wants Boots on the Ground in Syria

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

Except for one sinister snicker when Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) expelled rowdy Code Pink protestors, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) did not look at all pleased this morning during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the ISIS hreat...Show More Summary

Sen. Levin: No, Gen. Dempsey Didn’t Open Door to Ground Forces

2 weeks agoNews : Mediaite

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) thinks folks were hearing things during General Martin Dempsey's testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning.

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