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Column in Real Clear Defense: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Russia?

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If there was ever any question that the security situation in the world is constantly changing, these past five years provide undeniable evidence. It must be clear even to Barack Obama that the world he hoped and wanted to find is not the world as it is. In the real world there is evil, aggression and opportunism willing to exploit any perceived weakness. Whether it is Vladimir Putin’s Russia, al-... Read more »

COLUMN: Reforming a Defense Acquisition System That Costs Money, Lives

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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 sequestr... Read more »

The Importance of Congressional Oversight

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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 terroris... Read more »

Column in Wall Street Journal : The President's Welcome Overture to Congress

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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 chan... Read more »

Federal News Radio Column: Cyber inaction may be our Achilles' heel

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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 d... Read more »

The Hill: Failure to act on cybersecurity puts nation at risk

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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... Read more »

COLUMN: The looming tax and regulatory threat

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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... Read more »

POLITICO: Sequester's dire effect on our security

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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” w... Read more »

Stable supply will reduce pinch on wallets

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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 summ... Read more »

Protecting our rural way of life

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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—bra... Read more »