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  • COLUMN: Reforming a Defense Acquisition System That Costs Money, Lives
    Posted in Mac's Columns on October 29, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, National Security

    A scan of any week’s headlines makes clear that the world is not getting any safer, nor are our security challenges getting any simpler. We face a complex array of threats, known and unknown. Yet, we will have to meet those threats with tight defense budgets for the foreseeable future. Even if Congress and the President can agree to find other savings to replace further defense cuts under sequestration -- which we should -- the United States will still have to meet essentially unlimited threats ... Read more

  • The Importance of Congressional Oversight
    Posted in Mac's Columns on June 17, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Thoughts on Government, Cybersecurity, Taxes

    Recent polls suggest that trust in the federal government remains near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. These sentiments have been fueled by the terrorist attack in Benghazi, the Justice Department’s investigation of reporters, and the IRS scandal. Coming on the heels of these troubling headlines are leaks about national security programs aimed at preventing terrorist attacks. However, it would be wrong to lump all of these controversies into a single bucket. There... Read more

  • Column in Wall Street Journal : The President's Welcome Overture to Congress
    Posted in Mac's Columns on May 28, 2013 | Preview rr

    OPINION May 27, 2013, 7:11 p.m. ET By MAC THORNBERRY Last week, President Obama laid out his revised vision for U.S. counterterrorism policy. The president mentioned that he looks forward to "actively engaging Congress" on oversight of counterterrorism operations. Though consultation and engagement by the White House on national security has been too rare, many of us in Congress welcome a new chance at cooperation. More than a decade after Sept. 11, 2001, it is clear that the terrorist threat ha... Read more

  • Federal News Radio Column: Cyber inaction may be our Achilles' heel
    Posted in Mac's Columns on October 24, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Cybersecurity

    By Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) Special to Federal News Radio Original column can be found here. The nature of national security challenges is constantly changing. Over the centuries, our weapons have become more advanced, the strategies we use more complex and the battlefields on which we fight more varied. However, there has been no place where that evolution has been more rapid over the last decade than in cyberspace. Recently, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that the cyber threat we a... Read more

  • The Hill: Failure to act on cybersecurity puts nation at risk
    Posted in Mac's Columns on August 3, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Cybersecurity

    At a time when the House, Senate, and White House have been unable to come to agreement on a host of issues, the bipartisan consensus on the need to act on cybersecurity has offered some hope for action. The inability of the Senate to proceed to debate the various proposals is thus particularly disappointing. But there is a possible path forward. In April, the House passed four cybersecurity bills by strong majorities, thanks to work by Members on both sides of the aisle. Although these bills do... Read more

  • COLUMN: The looming tax and regulatory threat
    Posted in Mac's Columns on July 31, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, Economy, Social Security, Federal Budget, Taxes

    The American people have always been resilient, especially during tough economic times. Our nation’s small business owners always find new and innovative ways to create and grow our private sector. The products and services they produce and the jobs they create are what drive our economy to prosper in good times and to recover in times of recession. In order to power our economy, though, our small businesses need an economic environment free from uncertainty about the regulations and taxes they ... Read more

  • POLITICO: Sequester's dire effect on our security
    Posted in Mac's Columns on July 27, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Federal Budget

    This article first appeared in Politico on 7/26/12 There are a variety of opinions about the appropriate level of defense spending in the years ahead. Regardless of those differences, however, anyone who has examined the consequences of sequestration should agree that it would do severe damage to our security and must be stopped. The across-the-board cuts in every “program, project, or activity” were meant to be an unacceptable threat, which no one would allow to occur. The specter of deep, mind... Read more

  • Stable supply will reduce pinch on wallets
    Posted in Mac's Columns on April 9, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    One issue that affects nearly everyone in our area and across the country is gas prices. There is no doubt that high energy prices have placed a real burden on many Americans. And, from small business owners to parents who drive carpool, chances are that the cost of gas is hitting your wallet hard. Some predict that we will see near or above $5 per gallon at the pump by peak driving time this summer. Many experts believe that the recent turmoil overseas is one of the reasons for rapidly increasi... Read more

  • Protecting our rural way of life
    Posted in Mac's Columns on February 11, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    By Mac Thornberry (R - Clarendon) Growing up on a family ranch in the Texas Panhandle meant that my brothers and I were expected to help out as best we could. Our father and grandfather worked long hours six days a week, yet there was never enough time to get everything done. From the time we could sit on a horse, we had to pitch in. We rode horseback to help move cattle. We helped work cattle—branding in the Spring, shipping calves in the Fall. We built and repaired fence. We put out feed. We h... Read more

  • ROLL CALL: Thornberry--The Best Defense Starts with a Good Offense
    Posted in Mac's Columns on November 21, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, National Security, Federal Budget

    By Rep. Mac Thornberry Special to Roll Call Nov. 21, 2011, Midnight No one has a crystal ball that can tell us what will happen in the future, especially with national security. But we can predict one thing based on past experience: There will be change and turbulence in the world. America needs to be prepared to deal with it. We face great security challenges in an increasingly interconnected world. We must be realistic about the dangers facing our country, whether from terrorism, aggressive ac... Read more