SASC approves Hagel, nomination moves to Senate floor

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

SASC approves Hagel, nomination moves to Senate floor

Committee spends more than two-hours making the case for their votes before a party line vote approved Hagel 14–11.

Re-elected Obama prepares to replace Panetta

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Re-elected Obama prepares to replace Panetta

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has made clear that he plans to retire at the start of President Obama’s second term.

Warren unseats Brown in Mass. Senate battle

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Warren unseats Brown in Mass. Senate battle

Defense champion and Senate Armed Services Committee member loses Senate seat.

Predicting House and Senate losers

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Predicting House and Senate losers

Forecasting which lawmakers with connections to the military will likely lose their seats in the House or Senate by the end of Tuesday.

GOP senators issue Benghazi letter to Panetta

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

GOP senators issue Benghazi letter to Panetta

Sens. McCain and Portman demand answers from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over why a military force was not sent to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Pentagon pleads for help from lame duck Congress

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Pentagon pleads for help from lame duck Congress

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta again begs Congress to avoid sequestration while also requesting the Senate pass the cyber security bill.

Measuring the military’s vote

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Measuring the military’s vote

Polls and campaign contributions provide a scattered window into the mind of a service member submitting their presidential ballot.

Romney advisers tout management as bill payer

By Richard Sisk on Friday, October 12th, 2012

Romney advisers tout management as bill payer

Romney’s national security advising team say the governor’s management skill will help pay for bigger Navy and smaller troop reductions.

Romney plans Navy buildup

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Romney plans Navy buildup

Republican presidential candidate says he would add three submarines and an 11th aircraft carrier wing.

McCain promises to block WARN Act payments

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

McCain promises to block WARN Act payments

OMB guidance sets off battle between Republican legislators and the White House over whether defense companies must issue layoff notices Nov. 2.

GOP blasts White House over WARN Act guidance

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

GOP blasts White House over WARN Act guidance

Republicans claim the White House is trying to bribe defense companies to protect the president’s job.

Romney-Obama defense differences fall to budget

By Bryant Jordan on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Romney-Obama defense differences fall to budget

Senior fellow at Brookings Institute says Romney’s defense budget proposals mimic Obama’s in 2009.

Romney wants to buy more F-22s

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, September 10th, 2012

Romney wants to buy more F-22s

Republican presidential candidate says he wants to re-open the F-22 production line, which could cost at least $900 million.

Obama takes on the military

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, September 7th, 2012

Obama takes on the military

President Obama highlights the killing of Osama bin Laden and says the Republicans are stuck in a Cold War ‘time warp.’

Campaigns pass on Afghanistan

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, August 27th, 2012

Campaigns pass on Afghanistan

The release of the GOP’s platform is another signal the presidential campaign will not involve much discussion about Afghanistan and the military.

Roe v. Wade v. the Defense Budget

By Ward Carroll on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Roe v. Wade v. the Defense Budget

A clunky, insulting pro-life stance might eventually affect defense budget priorities and the magnitude of cuts. And you thought Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was the only social issue that might impact the military this year.

Swift Boating into a storm

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, August 17th, 2012

Swift Boating into a storm

Presidential scholars don’t expect the group of former special operators and CIA agents attacking President Obama to have the same clout as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Winning political points with Israeli saber rattling

By Bryant Jordan on Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Winning political points with Israeli saber rattling

Former head of U.S. Central Command warns candidates about militant rhetoric regarding Israeli strikes on Iran and affects on Middle East based U.S. troops.

Paul Ryan and the Pentagon

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Paul Ryan and the Pentagon

Mitt Romney’s VP pick leaves many scrambling to check House Budget Committee chairman’s connection to the military.

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