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Topic - Michael R. Turner
The government system that provided Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis a "secret" security clearance has been beset by problems.
From farmers to filmmakers, a host of American industries eagerly await the opportunity to take advantage of drones. But the slow wheels of Washington could slow the job creation, economic impact and technological advances offered by the unmanned craft.
The chief watchdog who discovered the extra IRS scrutiny of conservative groups on Thursday rejected Democratic efforts to portray his investigation as partisan, saying Internal Revenue Service officials withheld key information about a lookout list for some liberal groups until last week.
China maintains the fastest growing fleet of ballistic and cruise missiles on the planet, and soon will deploy a nuclear-tipped, submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States from Chinese waters, according to a new Pentagon report.
Russia is engaged in a major violation of the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States by building a new medium-range missile banned under the accord, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Members of a House panel angry over sexual abuse problems in the military are set to vote on a bill that would strip commanding officers of their authority to unilaterally change or dismiss court-martial convictions — a change that lawmakers believe will lead to a cultural shift that encourages more victims to step forward.
Sexual assaults in the military are a growing epidemic across the services, and thousands of victims are still unwilling to come forward despite a slew of new oversight and assistance programs, according to Pentagon documents.
President Obama and other disarmament advocates continue to call for the total elimination of nuclear arms. This week, China's government signaled its intention to move in the opposite direction and expand and speed up its large-scale nuclear buildup.
Several conservatives who sat in on closed-door meetings at last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., came away worried by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's foreign and defense policies.
A key House Republican this week stepped up pressure on the Obama administration for its weak public response to the growing threat posed by China's military buildup.
China Defense Minister Liang Guanglie will visit the United States this week and is expected to face questioning on the presence of a Chinese-made mobile strategic-missile launcher that was spotted carrying a new North Korean long-range missile in Pyongyang on April 15.
In Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, President Obama enthused once again about his vision of a world without nuclear weapons. It's a dream he has had since he was a radical leftist studying at Columbia University in the early 1980s.
A senior Pentagon official told Congress last week that the U.S. government is concerned about the leakage of embargoed U.S. space technology to China.
Recent congressional testimony confirmed North Korea's development of a new long-range, road-mobile missile that can reach American shores, increasing the threat of a nuclear attack on the United States.
he Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons, the Associated Press has learned.
"Deadlines have slipped before. But I do think that we have full commitment from the FAA," Mr. Turner added.
"I'm confident that they're working diligently. I'm not confident they will meet all the deadlines," said Rep. Michael R. Turner, Ohio Republican, who on Wednesday toured the showroom at the drone industry's annual convention, held this year at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District.