HASC Chairman Concerned about NDAA Delay and Strained Military
Rep. Mac Thornberry (Texas), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), recently expressed frustration that defense funding will likely get sidelined this month by other legislative priorities. Additionally, he expressed continued concern at the delay in funding in spite of the rash of recent and “shocking” Naval warship crashes operating without the proper resources.
Speaking at a defense conference in Arlington, Va., Thornberry pointed out that four times as many service members have died this year in noncombat operations and training than troops in combat. “That is not a good trend,” said Thornberry. Also adding that, “It reflects the stresses and strains that have been put on the military because of high operational demands, a series of dysfunctions in the executive and congressional branches and a world that is not slowing down to wait for us to catch up”