House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the House panel’s ranking member, on Tuesday pledged to pass this year the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act amid the coronavirus pandemic, The Hill reported Tuesday.Read More »
The chairmen and ranking members of House and Senate Armed Services Committees have asked the Federal Communications Commission to retract its approval of Ligado Networks’ application saying the company’s proposal poses a threat to the country’s GPS capabilities, economy and national security.Read More »
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, plans to propose the creation of a new fund to fight Chinese activities in the Indio-Pacific region, Defense News reported Thursday. Thornberry intends to request $6.09 billion in fiscal 2021 funds to establish an Indo-Pacific Deterrence Initiative.Read More »
Leaders of the House Armed Services Committee have begun the process of crafting a defense policy bill for the fiscal year 2021. Committee Adam Smith, D-Wash., introduced the “by request” version of the panel's 2021 National Defense Authorization Act with ranking member Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, to formally start the legislative procedure for the proposed bill, HASC said Friday.Read More »
Reps. Adam Smith, D-Wash., and Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, have jointly initiated a task force that would assess the country's efforts to innovate against modern threats. The newly activated Future of Defense Task Force will work to perform this task and review the nation's defense assets, the House Armed Services Committee said Friday.Read More »
Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, introduced two proposals for inclusion in the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to improve acquisition procedures and promote industry engagement, the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday. Thornberry, a ranking member of the committee, noted that his reform proposals set out to “improve agility, cut bureaucracy, promote justice, provide better benefits, and save the taxpayer billions.”Read More »
Rep. Mac Thornberry believes that setting up a Space Force as a new branch of the U.S. military will continue receiving support from both sides of the aisle even though the House of Representatives is now under the control of the Democratic Party. Thornberry's remarks come even as incoming House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith has expressed opposition to the establishment of a Space Force as an independent military branch, Space News reported Tuesday.Read More »
President Donald Trump has met with Defense Secretary James Mattis and chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to discuss the administration’s plan to implement a $33B cut to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget, Defense News reported Tuesday. “I had a frank and productive conversation about our national security goals with the president," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), SASC chairman, said in a statement.