Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Administration Perspective, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, October 30, 2017   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is the October 30, 2017 hearing on "Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Administration Perspective" (AUMF) before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of William M. "Mac": "For the last three National Defense Authorization Acts, reform, especially acquisition reform, has been a major priority. The purpose is to get more value for the taxpayers out of the money spent, but, even more importantly, to make the Department more agile in dealing with the variety of security challenges we face. As Secretary Mattis has testified, our technological position has eroded in recent years, compared with our leading adversaries. We confront threats that do not conform to our traditional notions of warfare. And the historical evidence indicates that we may well be a victim of our own success. As one writer put it, when looking at the interwar years, the losers were forced by events to reexamine everything. Military losers are intellectual radicals. The winners, complacent in victory, feel the need for self-examination far less." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael D. Griffin and Eric Schmidt.

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S.Hrg. 115-639; Senate Hearing 115-639
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