Pentagon evaluates West Coast missile defense sites

The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea's missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack. West Coast defenses would likely include Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missiles, similar to those deployed in South Korea to protect against a potential North Korean attack.

Lawmakers Scramble to Prevent Trump from Launching a Nuclear War

The most effective way to prevent a nuclear war with North Korea is to reassure them that the U.S. won't strike first. Former National Security Council Director Peter Feaver recently told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that "even a single nuclear detonation" could "trigger an escalatory spiral that would lead to civilization-threatening outcomes."

DNC Favors Democrat Incumbents Over Bernie-Backing Primary Challengers

On September 29, Politico published an article claiming that Bernie Sanders Supporters have opted not to primary Democratic Party incumbents. "Democrats have long been terrified that the Sanders-Clinton slugfest of 2016 would set off a prolonged civil war in the party, forcing incumbents to fight off primary challengers from the left in Senate and gubernatorial races," Politico reported.

Democrats to Trump: Send an aircraft carrier to help Puerto Rico with Hurricane Maria


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A group of 145 House Democrats said Wednesday the Defense Department response to the disaster in Puerto Rico has been inadequate and they urged President Trump to send an aircraft carrier to help relieve the territory's suffering residents. A carrier's additional military aircraft and engineers are needed to help clear roads, rescue stranded residents and deliver emergency supplies to isolated parts of the island after it was slammed by Hurricane Maria last week, the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump.

Democrats to Trump: Send an aircraft carrier to help Puerto Rico with Hurricane Maria


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A group of 145 House Democrats said Wednesday the Defense Department response to the disaster in Puerto Rico has been inadequate and they urged President Trump to send an aircraft carrier to help relieve the territory's suffering residents. A carrier's additional military aircraft and engineers are needed to help clear roads, rescue stranded residents and deliver emergency supplies to isolated parts of the island after it was slammed by Hurricane Maria last week, the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump.

Thompson asks military installations be renamed

Washington >> Mike Thompson , Vallejo's representative in Congress, has submitted a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis urging him to begin the process of renaming military installations across the country that are named for Confederate figures, Thompson's office announced Monday. The letter is co-signed by 21 other members of Congress, including House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith .

Congress seizes lead on Trump’s promise to rebuild military

President Donald Trump made rebuilding the U.S. armed forces a signature promise during the presidential campaign, but it's the GOP-controlled Congress that's leading the way by adding tens of billions of dollars to the annual defense policy bill to pay for active-duty troops, combat aircraft and ships that he didn't request. The House Armed Services Committee approved its version of a $696 billion bill for 2018 just before midnight Wednesday by a 60-1 vote.

Dems look to defense bill to put pressure on Trump

Democrats are pushing to make the annual defense policy bill a referendum on President Trump, with plans to introduce a series of amendments as the legislation makes its way through committee. Rep. Jim Langevin will take the lead on introducing an amendment on climate change in an effort to throw Defense Secretary James Mattis's words back at the administration.

US’ Mattis: Qatar blockade ‘very complex situation’

The blockade against Qatar by Gulf states was a "very complex situation" and an area where common ground had to be found, Mattis spoke on Monday ahead of talks between the US and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir in Washington, DC, as the Gulf crisis entered its second week. The former general told the House Armed Services Committee that Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani had inherited a difficult situation and was moving in the right direction.

Mattis Describes Qatar Situation as ‘Difficult’

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis described the diplomatic spat between Qatar and several other American allies in the Middle East as a "complex situation" that the United States needed to help solve. "I believe that Prince Thani inherited a difficult, very tough situation, and he's trying to turn the society in the right direction," Mattis told lawmakers at a House Armed Services Committee hearing late Monday.

Top HASC Democrat introduces bill to allow base closures

The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee announced on Thursday that he will reintroduce a bill that would allow the Pentagon to close and realign military bases. The Military Infrastructure Consolidation and Efficiency Act from Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., would give the Pentagon the authority to conduct another round of base realignment and closure, known as BRAC, in 2019.