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Congressman Kevin Cramer: National Defense Authorization Act Continues Reforms, Addresses Readiness

Congressman Kevin Cramer One of the primary obligations of Congress, as set forth in Article I of the U.S. Constitution, is to “provide for the common defense” of our nation. For the past 56 years, Congress has met this obligation primarily through the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Through this bipartisan legislation Congress provides our armed forces...

BREAKING: House Passes Bill MANDATING Transfer of ALL US Army M1911 Handguns to the CMP

The United States House of Representatives has just passed their version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and included within it is a provision that will mandate the release of all M1911 handguns currently in US Army inventory to the Civilian Marksmanship Program, for distribution to eligible US civilians. Show More Summary

The U.S. Military Might Soon Have More Submarines and F-35s

Dave Majumdar Security, Thanks to a key vote in the House of Representatives.  The House of Representatives has passed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act by a margin of 344-81. The bill will significantly boost the...Show More Summary

Republicans Join Demorats To Stop Ban On Gender Reassignment Surgery In The Military

Two dozen backstabbing House Republicans joined forces with the Democrats Thursday in culling an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented the Pentagon from backing gender

HASC vs. SASC on BRAC

Neither of the defense bills (National Defense Authorization Acts, NDAAs) wending their way through the House and Senate grant the Pentagon the authority to reduce excess infrastructure. Military leaders have asked for such permission for many years, but Congress has stubbornly refused. Show More Summary

VICTORY: NDAA Anti-Transgender Amendment Fails in House of Representatives

HRC claimed victory following the defeat of a hateful and cruel amendment proposed by Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) to the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would ban critical access to transition-related health care for military service members and their families. Show More Summary

No Surveillance Reform in Defense Policy Bill

As I predicted 72 hours ago, the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will not be a vehicle for reforming National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance authorities under Sec. 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). The twist is...Show More Summary

Outrageous Anti-Transgender Amendment Offered to NDAA

Today, HRC lambasted an anti-transgender amendment being offered by Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO). A House floor vote is expected tomorrow on the amendment to the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to ban critical access to transition-related health care for military service members and their families. "Rep. Show More Summary

The INF Treaty is About to Collapse

The situation with the INF Treaty is getting worse pretty rapidly. U.S. Congress is moving to include what is known as "INF Treaty Preservation Act" in the National Defense Authorization bill. Judging by the language of the bill, its...Show More Summary

Is the U.S. Air Force’s OA-X Light Attack Aircraft Really Going to Happen?

Dave Majumdar Security, Will the program make it this time around?  The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has added $1.2 billion to the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the U.S. Air Force’s OA-X light...Show More Summary

Here's Why the U.S. Navy Could Add 'Light' Aircraft Carriers to the Fleet

Dave Majumdar Security, It might happen.  The U.S. Senate Armed Service Committee (SASC) is inserting language in its markup of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would mandate that the U.S. Navy study a preliminary design for a new light carrier. The new ships would not replace the Gerald R. Show More Summary

Anti-Transgender Amendment Offered on Defense Bill

During yesterday’s marathon markup of the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) offered an amendment to reinstate a ban on transgender people serving in the military and instruct the Secretary of Defense to discharge any transgender troops currently serving. In defending this discriminatory amendment, Rep. Show More Summary

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 29, 2017

GOTCHA! REP. HARTZLER TRIES TO SNEAK IN ANTI-TRANS AMENDMENT DURING DEFENSE POLICY MARKUP: During endless maneuvering over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) tried to sneak in an amendment banning transgender service members. Show More Summary

The U.S. Navy Needs More Submarines—and Congress Is Coming to the Rescue

Dave Majumdar Security, 13 more subs?  The House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee markup of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act will allow the United States Navy to enter into a multiyear...Show More Summary

The Coming Crackdown On Free Speech

Submitted by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, It’s amazing what can happen in a week. Before this publication went on hiatus last week, one of the last letters I wrote to you in 2016 was about the National Defense Authorization ActShow More Summary

Obama Just Signed off on a Shadowy New 'Anti-Propaganda' Center That Will Be Handed Over to Trump

Click here for reuse options! Without meaningful debate, the provision was included in the 2017 defense bill. The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that was signed by President Obama on December 23 greenlights the creation of a...Show More Summary

Global Engagement Center

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Extract) SEC. 1287. Global Engagement Center (a) Establishment.— (1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State, in...Show More Summary

Under Cover of Christmas, Obama Establishes Controversial Anti-Propaganda Agency

7 months agoNews : Truthdig

By Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law—and buried within the $619 billion military budget is a controversial provision that establishes a national anti-propaganda center that critics warn could be dangerous for press freedoms.

Obama Quietly Signs The "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act" Into Law

Late on Friday, with the US population embracing the upcoming holidays and oblivious of most news emerging from the administration, Obama quietly signed into law the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which authorizes $611 billion for the military in 2017. In a statement, Obama said that: Today, I have signed into law S. Show More Summary

Speaker Ryan's Office Furious Obama Didn't Sign Troop Pay Raise Before Vacation

Last week, Congress presented President Obama with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, legislation which would provide our troops with...

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