Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the Military Balance in the Middle East, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, August 4, 2015 [open pdf - 607KB]
This is a compilation of the August 4, 2015 hearing entitled "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the Military Balance in the Middle East" held before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of committee chairman John McCain: "This Committee's oversight is primarily focused on the strategic and military implications of the agreement. Among other things, we want to know how this agreement will affect regional security, proliferation, and the balance of power in the Middle East; what impact it may have on Iran's malign activities and hegemonic ambitions in the region; what it means for perceptions of American credibility and resolve among our allies and partners; and what the consequences are for U.S. defense policy, military planning, and force posture. From this broader strategic perspective, this bad deal only looks that much worse. The Committee is eager to hear our witnesses' assessments of the vital details of this agreement, especially the verification and monitoring mechanisms, which include two side agreements between the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] and Iran -- neither of which the Administration or the Congress have seen ." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael V. Hayden, R. Nicholas Burns, Eric S. Edelman, and Richard N. Haass.
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