DEFCON Hill

McKeon to roll out last NDAA next week

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) is preparing to unveil his last defense bill as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee next week, kicking off what is sure to be a contentious process as lawmakers decide what capabilities the Pentagon will keep during a time of defense budget cuts.

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Administration green lights Egyptian military aid

The Obama administration on Tuesday announced that it would partially relax a restriction on military and counterterrorism aid to Egypt.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told his Egyptian counterpart of the move, which lets the United States...

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Republicans warn Obama of 'fatal mistake' in Afghanistan

“We hope a recent press report that the White House is considering a post-2014 force in Afghanistan well below the recommendations of our military commanders is incorrect," said a statement from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

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GOP lawmaker flies an F-35 … simulator

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) on Tuesday had the chance to fly, at least virtually, one of the Pentagon’s most costly weapons programs when he climbed inside the cockpit simulator of an F-35 fighter.

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