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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - House Committee On Armed Services
When Jerral Hancock came home to Lancaster, Calif., from the Iraq war missing one arm, with another that barely worked and a paralyzed body that was burned all over, he was a hero to the Mojave Desert town, which wears its military pride on its sleeve.
Former Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton died Monday night. The 81-year-old Democrat served as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee during part of his 34-year career in Congress.
The Navy's top officer said Wednesday that cost-cutting did not weaken the service's security screening system for defense contractors, despite a contractor's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday that left 12 victims dead.
The security system at the Navy Yard, where Monday's rampage shooting left 13 people dead, was installed by the Navy to cut costs and may be flawed, a member of the House Armed Services Committee said.
The government system that provided Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis a "secret" security clearance has been beset by problems.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that, in order for Russia's offer to help Syria transfer its chemical weapons to international control to succeed, "the threat of U.S. military action must continue to be very real and credible."
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that his government's plan to have Syria turn over chemical weapons will only work if President Obama calls off his plans for military strikes — something the White House has rejected.
Two key Republican lawmakers made it clear Sunday that if the White House wants their support on a strike against Syria, President Obama will have to restore funding to the U.S. military that was cut under sequestration.
It is industrial strength media and a methodical broadcast blitz. President Obama will grant separate sit-down interviews on the Syria matter to NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, CNN and PBS on Monday afternoon at the White House, all to air on the respective networks Monday night. Ideally, the interviews will function like trailers of an upcoming blockbuster — namely, Mr. Obama's live, prime-time speech to the American public on Syria about 24 hours later.
The offensive cyber-capabilities of the United States may well be outstanding, but every country faces challenges in this area ("Obama hits pause on U.S. action in face of crippling cyber-strikes from Syria, Iran," Web, Aug. 28). Offensive cyber-capabilities are essential if nation-states are to succeed in the present and future realities of international security politics. They lend an obvious strategic advantage and provide the United States with leeway in its policies.
There's a growing sense in Congress that the U.S. should take more steps to arm Syrian rebels in their battle against the regime of President Bashar Assad, regardless of what decision President Obama reaches on whether to conduct military strikes against Damascus.
Congress is increasingly resisting the administration's case for limited military strikes against the Syrian government, though sentiment is growing on Capitol Hill that President Obama can — and must — find a way to do more to arm moderate rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.
Syria and its ally Iran have been building cyberattack capabilities for years and soon might have a chance to use their skills in a hot war for the first time.
The United States has the best offensive military capacity in cyberspace of any nation, the head of the agency at the center of a domestic spying scandal said in congressional testimony published Monday.
Congressional auditors said Wednesday they are launching a first-of-its-kind review of the system for safeguarding national security secrets, with a view to measuring the scale of a widely understood but unquantified problem — "classification inflation."