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    Ash Carter smiles after being nominated for US Secretary of Defense Dec. 5 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Senior Republicans to McConnell: Move Carter Nomination Before AG

    Two senior Republicans want the incoming majority leader to take up Ash Carter's nomination before an expected more contentious one for US attorney general.

    • Dec. 18, 2014
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    Movie posters for the premiere of the film 'The Interview' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014. - / AFP/Getty Images

    Sony Hack Could Mean New Senate Subcommittee

    Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco could become the focus of national security discussions on Capitol Hill next year.

    • Dec. 18, 2014
  1. Marion Blakey is in her eighth year as president and CEO of Aerospace Industries Association. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    AIA Projects Small Defense Gains in 2015

    Despite concerns over the Budget Control Act, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) projects small gains in the defense aviation market.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Tuesday. The bill appropriates $554 billion for the Defense Department for fiscal 2015 and gives the Veterans Affairs Department $160 billion. Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Air Force

    Obama Signs $1.1T Spending Bill Into Law

    President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Tuesday, officially ending any threat of a government shutdown over the holidays.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., outgoing chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wants Congress to update the War Powers Resolution to allow a president to attack 'non-state actors' unless Congress specifically prohibits such action. Staff Sgt. Richard Andrade/US Army

    Levin Wants Next Senate To Update Its War Powers

    The retiring chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill that would shift Congress' role from granting permission to holding veto power over any military action against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken has been nominated to be the deputy secretary of state. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    Few Options Left for Senate GOP to Block Blinken Nomination

    The White House's candidate for deputy secretary of state should sail to Senate confirmation on Tuesday evening.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
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    Family Portrait: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell poses for photographers with newly elected GOP senators whose midterm victories helped the party take control of the US Senate. From left are David Perdue of Georgia, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Joni Ernst of Iowa, McConnell, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Steve Daines of Montana. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Issue Tracker: 2015 GOP Agenda

    As the holiday season approaches, so does the start of the Republican-run 114th Congress. Here are a few things GOP members have on their wish lists for the new session.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  2. The US Army is planning to report a study to Congress next month that would impact the debate over ambulance and command variants for the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle (AMPV), due to replace the M113 infantry carriers. Army

    US Army's AMPV Variants Report to Congress Due Soon

    The US Army is planning to report a study to Congress next month that would impact the debate over ambulance and command variants for the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle (AMPV), due to replace the M113 infantry carriers.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  3. Congressional committees tweaked nearly 10 percent of the money that the Pentagon requested for its fiscal year 2015 appropriations accounts before the 'cromnibus' spending bill was passed on Dec. 11  resulting in $4.4 billion in additional procurement and research and development projects  an analysis of the budget shows. AFP

    Analysis: Congress Reworks 10 Percent of DoD Procurement Budget

    Congressional committees tweaked nearly 10 percent of the money that the Pentagon requested for its fiscal year 2015 appropriations accounts before the 'cromnibus' spending bill was passed on Dec.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  4. House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, center, walks to the House chamber for a vote on a $1.1 trillion government funding bill on Dec. 11. Republicans will be under pressure in the next Congress to pass spending bills quicker. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    For Next Congress, Pressure Mounts for Faster Spending Bills

    For congressional Republicans, it's put up or shut up time.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  5. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomes new Republican senators-elect to his Senate office on Nov. 12. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Column: Preaching to the Choir

    The speakers spoke passionately, using words like 'must' and 'have to.' Audience members nodded in agreement. The more dire the rhetoric, the more ardent the nods.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
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    The Capitol Building dome under scaffolding. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    The Senate on Saturday approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill and sent it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for World War II era Civil Air Patrol members, on Capitol Hill, December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Sixty-five members of the Civil Air Patrol lost their lives in the line of duty during World War II. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Senate Passes Bill To Fund Government Through Wednesday

    The Senate passed a temporary spending bill Saturday, funding the government through Wednesday and giving legislators more time to consider a $1.1 trillion measure.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
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    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., at the White House December 5, 2014. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Senate Sends Massive $560 Billion NDAA to Obama's Desk

    The US Senate on Friday passed, 89-11, a massive Defense Department policy bill, sending to President Barack Obama a bill crafted in secret that would clear the military to spend $559.2 billion in fiscal 2015.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
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    Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said he believes Sen. Tom Coburn, R.-Okla., will require the chamber to use all 30 hours of debate time on the defense bill. MANDEL NGAN/AFP Photo

    Levin Sees Senate Taking Up NDAA Before 'Cromnibus'

    The US Senate is now more likely to finish work on a Pentagon policy before taking up a massive government-wide spending bill.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
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    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., during a Sept. 9 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeeon Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    As Shutdown Nears, It's Coburn's Move

    Whether the Senate passes two massive Pentagon bills on Thursday depends largely on one senator and whether he releases his hostage: one of those defense measures.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  6. The House narrowly approved a $1 trillion governmentwide spending bill. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    After Dramatic Day, House Approves $554B for Pentagon

    The US House on Thursday narrowly approved a $1 trillion government-wide spending bill, but only after shouting on the floor, the changing of votes and arm-twisting behind closed doors.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
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    US Senator Robert Menendez, D-N.J. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Senate Committee Approves Islamic State AUMF

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrats on Thursday sent a measure to the floor authorizing military operations in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
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    Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev. David Becker / Getty Images

    Iraq War Vet To Take Over HASC Personnel Panel

    A leadership round of musical chairs has put an Iraq War veteran in charge of the House Armed Services Committee's personnel panel for the first time, and South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson in charge of the intelligence subcommittee.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
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    A growing number of top Democrats are voicing opposition to a $1 trillion spending bill because of provisions tucked into the 1,603-page bill that would affect banks and campaign-finance laws, among other concerns. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Top US Democrats Oppose $1 Trillion Spending Bill

    A growing number of top Democrats are voicing opposition to a $1 trillion spending bill because of provisions tucked into the 1,603-page bill that would affect banks and campaign-finance laws, among other concerns.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  7. A column of Russia's Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launchers rolls through Red Square in 2013 in Moscow during the Victory Day parade. Yuri Kadobnov / Getty Images

    US Readying Military, Economic Options to Russian Missile Treaty Violation

    Pentagon and State Department officials are reviewing what military and economic options they can employ if Russia continues development of a cruise missile it has tested in violation of a cornerstone nuclear weapons treaty between Washington and Moscow,

    • Dec. 11, 2014
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    Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on July 28, 2014, in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Senate Panel Sends Blinken Nomination for Deputy State Sec. to Senate Floor

    A Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of a senior White House official to become the No. 2 leader at Foggy Bottom.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
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    US M1A1 Abrams tanks are loaded onto a train during the Army Preposition Stocks operation drill at Camp Carroll in Chilgok, about 290 kms (180 miles) southeast of Seoul on March 5, 2009. KIM JAE-HWAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Lawmakers Boost Budgets for Abrams, Army Vehicles in Defense Bill

    The M1 Abrams tank won $120 million for an upgrade program in the Defense spending bill unveiled by congressional leaders Tuesday, one of several increases for the Army's heavy vehicle programs.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    The appropriations bill's language prevents the US Air Force from starting to retire the U-2 manned surveillance plane Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    Appropriations Bill Gives USAF Engine Funding, but Limits Aircraft Retirements

    Under the proposed appropriations bill released Tuesday, the US Air Force will receive $220 million to fund a replacement for the RD-180 engine, as well as funds for its new combat-search-and-rescue helicopter and C-130 upgrades.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid said senators might have to put in some work this weekend. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    For 2015 Defense Bills, Paths to Final Passage Begin to Emerge

    How the US House and Senate will move two pending defense bills before leaving for the holidays is starting to take shape.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Christmastime is here  and so is the 'cromnibus,' a massive spending bill needed to keep the government running through FY2015. The spending measure must pass by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. (EST) to avert a government shutdown. Pete Marovich / Getty Images

    Congress Inserts $554B for DoD in 'Cromnibus' Spending Bill

    The massive spending bill unveiled Tuesday evening by congressional leaders includes $554 billion for the Pentagon, including base-budget growth.

    • Dec. 10, 2014




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