Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2016 and the Future Years Defense Program, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 3, 2015   [open pdf - 903KB]

This is the compilation of the March 3, 2015 hearing entitled, "Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2016 and the Future Years Defense Program"before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of committee chairman John McCain: "Over just the past six weeks this committee has undertaken a serious and rigorous review of the present global challenges we face, as well as a review of U.S. national security strategy. We have received testimony from some of America's most experienced statesmen and leading strategic thinkers. A unified and alarming assessment has emerged from these national leaders. As former Secretary of State Dr. Kissinger testified on January 29: 'The United States has not faced a more diverse and complex array of crises since the end of the Second World War.' Given the accumulating dangers we face, it is notable that the President supported the Department of Defense in requesting a level of defense spending that is roughly $38 billion above the caps imposed by the Budget Control Act [BCA] and sequestration, which mandate nearly $1 trillion in defense cuts over ten years. In light of recent events, I think this approach was more than justified. With each passing year since the BCA was enacted in 2011, and with the United States slashing its defense spending as a result, the world has become more dangerous, and threats to our nation have grown." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ash Carter and Martin Dempsey.

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