Air Force

Podcast: America's Iran Quandary and Why Money Can't Prevent Military Mishaps
The Week Ahead, Episode 75

The destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a chemical tanker in August, one of several deadly military accidents this year. Such incidents are on the decline, according to a Roll Call analysis. (Courtesy U.S. Navy)

CQ foreign policy reporter Rachel Oswald and Kelsey Davenport of the Arms Control Association explain why Congress is in no rush to change the Iran nuclear deal. And CQ defense reporter John M. Donnelly argues the Pentagon does not necessarily need more money to prevent deadly accidents.

Show Notes:

Office Space: Mark Amodei's Camp Nevada
 

Past Appropriations to Loom Large in Future Defense Measure
Senate appropriators seek twice as much in cuts as House counterparts

Some of the programs that stand to lose already appropriated money are major weapons initiatives for rockets, ships and warplanes. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Whenever lawmakers negotiate a final Defense spending bill for the coming fiscal year, one of the primary bones of contention will be money enacted in prior fiscal years.

Senate appropriators, in their fiscal 2017 measure (S 3000), would cut more than $4 billion in what they deem as excess funds leftover from prior spending laws, roughly twice the amount found by their House counterparts in their measure (HR 5293). Some of the programs that stand to lose already appropriated money are major weapons initiatives for rockets, ships and warplanes. And the gap between the Senate and House approaches on some individual programs runs into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Obama's Best Graduation Day One-Liners
Commencement addresses often turn president into comedian in chief

President Barack Obama, seen here at Howard University last month, often peppers his graduation remarks with jokes and one-liners. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama was at it again on Thursday. Sure, he was taking his final stump speech for another test drive in a stadium packed with young voters . But he was also shopping for laughs.  

Obama delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy  graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, where the outgoing president got to play a role he clearly enjoys: comedian in chief. Like his remarks to the blue-clad cadets Thursday, his previous 2016 commencement speeches at Howard (May 7) and Rutgers (May 15) universities were peppered with quips and off-the-cuff one-liners.