Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Budget Requests from U.S. Forces Korea and U.S. Strategic Command: Hearing on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 and Oversight of Previously Authorized Programs: Before the Committee on Armed Services House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 2, 2014 [open pdf - 3MB]
This is the April 2, 2014 hearing on " Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Budget Requests from U.S. Forces Korea and U.S. Strategic Command" before the House Committee on Armed Services. From Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon's opening statement: "Some may think a major conflict on the Korean peninsula is unlikely and therefore we don't need to size our forces, especially our land forces, for such a scenario. However, we can look to every major land conflict we have been involved in to know that we are usually wrong. North Korea maintains the world's fourth largest army. It poses a grave threat to our South Korean allies and to stability in the region, and increasingly direct threat to the United States. Yet I remain concerned that the end strength and force structure cuts contained in the QDR [Quadrennial Defense Review] and the budget request create significant risk for a Korean scenario, and also creates greater vulnerabilities in other parts of the world. […] In a Korean scenario, General Amos has testified that the Marine Corps would be all in, with 20 of its 21 infantry battalions committed to the fight. General Odierno testified that the Army force structure in the QDR will put in doubt our ability to execute even one prolonged, multi-phased major contingency operation. General Scaparrotti, I hope you can discuss the changing threat on the peninsula, the implications it has both for U.S. and South Korean forces and capabilities, and the implications of the QDR and budget request. Admiral Haney, U.S. Strategic Command has a vast portfolio to include nuclear forces, missile defense, cyber operations, and space. As you know, General Dempsey believes our Nation's top national security interest is to continue to assure the survival of the Nation. I agree with that prioritization and I support the funding in this year's base budget request that protects the nuclear triad and other nuclear deterrent capabilities. It is imperative, Admiral, that you continue to take on those who would pretend that the United States alone among nuclear powers can continue to disarm itself." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Cecil D. Haney and Curtis M. Scaparrotti.
H.A.S.C. No. 113-99; House Armed Services Committee No 113-99
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