• HASC Aiming to Mark up Defense Bill in May

    HASC Aiming to Mark up Defense Bill in May0

    The House Armed Services Committee is expected to mark up its fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill May 9, setting up a possible floor vote later that month, according to congressional sources. With the two-year budget deal lawmakers reached in February, the question of how much topline funding the measure will authorize already has been answered

  • Expect New Faces atop House Armed Services Subcommittees Next Year0

    The Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee, including the leadership posts for many of its subcommittees, will undergo significant turnover in the next Congress as seven GOP members leave due to retirement, primary defeat or a decision to seek higher office. The highest profile departure is Randy Forbes (R-Va.), who lost his primary last month after switching to a neighboring district. Forbes is the third most-senior Republican on the committee and the chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. His departure will leave a noticeable void and prompt a battle for the chairmanship of the panel …

  • Forbes Upset in Virginia Primary

    Forbes Upset in Virginia Primary0

    Rep. Randy Forbes, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee who championed the Navy and the military presence in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region, lost his Republican primary Tuesday after switching to a neighboring district. Forbes, first elected to Congress in 2001, ran in the 2nd District after court-mandated redistricting made his current 4th District seat more Democratic. On the campaign trail, Forbes argued his influence as chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee could increase federal spending in Hampton Roads and protect the cluster of military installations there …

  • Committee Cancels Public Hearing aboard USS Eisenhower

    Committee Cancels Public Hearing aboard USS Eisenhower0

    A planned hearing by two House Armed Services subcommittees aboard the USS Eisenhower at Norfolk Naval Station has been changed to a private meeting after the Pentagon raised concerns about holding a public hearing in Norfolk weeks before a Republican primary in which subcommittee chair Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is running. The hearing, intended to highlight the need to commit more spending to expand the Navy’s fleet, would have been held jointly by the committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces and Readiness subcommittees …

  • Pennsylvania Lawmaker Questions DOD’s Request for Base Closures

    Pennsylvania Lawmaker Questions DOD’s Request for Base Closures0

    Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster has asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter to justify the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2019, demanding him to explain why a new round would be more likely to achieve projected costs savings than the 2005 round and why it would yield a basing footprint that aligns with DOD’s assessment of global threats in the decade following 2019. “The United States is facing a serious and wide array of threats to our national security, the likes of which we have not witnessed in decades, and now is not the time to slash infrastructure in search of unproven and alleged cost savings …

  • Lawmakers Review Need for Overhauling Medical Facilities

    Lawmakers Review Need for Overhauling Medical Facilities0

    Military hospital commanders warned lawmakers on Wednesday against making drastic changes to a military health care system that allows a large degree of flexibility in training doctors and nurses. The witnesses acknowledged their hospitals could serve patients in a more timely manner, but said they are looking at innovative solutions to improve care, reported Military Times. “I would urge caution before we begin entertaining thoughts of changing the system. It works pretty well. Could it be better? Absolutely. Do we have to have better access? Absolutely,” said Army Col. Mike Place, commander of Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. …