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  • Thornberry on anniversary of 'Taliban 5' transfer
    Posted in Committee Statements on May 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Today, Chairman Thornberry (R-TX) and Rep. Hartzler (R-MO), Chairwoman of the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the anniversary of the release of the five Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay (GTMO): "One year ago, President Obama transferred five senior Taliban terrorists from GTMO to Qatar. Unless something changes, those terrorists will be free to return to the fight on Sunday. News reports suggest their activitie... Read more

  • Thornberry Statement on GTMO Transfers: "The American People are Right to be Concerned"
    Posted in Committee Statements on January 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the latest transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay: "Once again the President is releasing terrorists into the world with little regard to the likelihood that they will re-enter the fight, or for the risk to our forces already in harm’s way. The Administration may claim that safeguards are in place or that the track record of re-engagement is negligible; but those of us who read intelli... Read more

  • Thornberry Statement on Small Business Cyber Hearing
    Posted in Committee Statements on December 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Cybersecurity

    Statement of Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13) before the House Committee On Small Business Subcommittee On Healthcare and Technology United States House Of Representatives December 1, 2011 Chairwoman Ellmers, Ranking Member Richmond, and Members of the Subcommittee, I appreciate the opportunity to offer some thoughts today about cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is a complex set of issues that touches nearly every aspect of our lives. It is not only about national security, but also job creation and our e... Read more

  • Institutionalizing Irregular Warfare Capabilities
    Posted in Committee Statements on November 3, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Let me welcome our Members, witnesses, and guests to this hearing on a topic that will, I think, play a significant role in the security of our nation. The basic question is to what extent we learn from our experience and build on it, and to what extent we assume that the past was an aberration and now we can “get back to normal.” I am not sure that the conventional wisdom about “normal” is quite right. Drs. Sebastian Gorka and David Kilcullen found that of the 464 conflicts since 1815 recorded ... Read more

  • The Future of U.S. Special Operations Forces: Ten Years After 9/11 and Twenty-Five Years After Goldwater-Nichols
    Posted in Committee Statements on September 22, 2011 | Preview rr

    Twenty-five years ago, Congress added an amendment to the Goldwater-Nichols legislation to create the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The law lists 12 core mission areas for the Command and gave SOCOM some unique authorities. It is certainly appropriate for Congress to review its handiwork, especially as we look back on a decade of fighting terrorists -- a decade in which SOCOM has roughly doubled in personnel, tripled in budget, and quadrupled in overseas deployments. We may n... Read more