Armed Services leaders appoint strategy panel members

Armed Services leaders appoint strategy panel members
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The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees have appointed members to a panel meant to make recommendations on the country’s national security strategy.

The Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States was mandated in last year’s annual defense policy bill.

The commission will review the strategic environment, threats to the United States, the size and shape of the force, the readiness of the force, the posture and capabilities of the force, the allocation of resources, and strategic and military risks in order to provide recommendations on strategy.

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The recommendations will go to the president, the secretary of Defense and Congress.

The commission is a successor to the National Defense Panel created in the mid-1990s to evaluate the Department of Defense’s Quadrennial Defense Review, which Congress eliminated.

The chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate committees each appointed three members, for a total of 12 members on the panel.

House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) appointed Eric Edelman, a former undersecretary of Defense for policy and former ambassador; Andrew Krepinevich Jr., president emeritus at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, formerly of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment; and Roger Zakheim, former deputy staff director and general counsel of the House Armed Services Committee and former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for coalitions.

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill MORE (R-Ariz.) appointed former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); retired Gen. Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff of the Army; and Thomas Mahnken, president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

House Armed Services ranking member Adam SmithAdam SmithHouse passes fix to defense bill's medical approval provision GOP chairman 'increasingly' concerned about using old war authorization House passes 2B defense policy bill MORE (D-Wash.) appointed retired Adm. Gary Roughead, former chief of naval operations; Kathleen Hicks, senior vice president and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Mike McCord, former Pentagon comptroller.

Senate Armed Services ranking member Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Raymond ReedArmy leader on waiver report: 'There's been no change in standards' 15 Dems urge FEC to adopt new rules for online political ads Monopoly critics decry ‘Amazon amendment’ MORE (D-R.I.) appointed Christine Fox, former director of the Pentagon’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Office; Michael Morell, former deputy CIA director; and Anne Patterson, former assistant secretary of State for near eastern affairs.