[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Obama’s Defense Strategy: McKeon Labels it ‘Lead from Behind’ | 01-05-2012
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
78°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 23
1963 - First stretch of Antelope Valley 14 Freeway opens from east of Solemint Junction in Canyon Country to Red Rover Mine Road in Acton. [story]


Watch President Barack Obama’s press conference on the Defense Strategic Review => http://scvtv.com/html/obama010512btv.html (with transcript)

 

[Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon] – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, released the following statement Thursday regarding the President’s new defense strategy:

U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon

“This is a lead from behind strategy for a left-behind America. The President has packaged our retreat from the world in the guise of a new strategy to mask his divestment of our military and national defense. This strategy ensures American decline in exchange for more failed domestic programs. In order to justify massive cuts to our military, he has revoked the guarantee that America will support our allies, defend our interests, and defy our opponents. The President must understand that the world has always had, and will always have a leader. As America steps back, someone else will step forward.

“An honest and valid strategy for national defense can’t be founded on the premise that we must do more with less, or even less with less. Rather you proceed from a clear articulation of the full scope of the threats you face and the commitments you have. You then resource a strategy required to defeat those threats decisively. One does not mask insufficient resources with a fuzzy world view and a strategy founded on hope and a hollow force. ”

 

HASC: Key Questions Raised by President’s New Defense Strategy

Today, the Department of Defense released new strategic guidance, “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense.” This guidance is the culmination of an internal review directed by the President in April, 2011 following his direction to cut at least $400 billion from the military over the next 12 years. While cuts of this magnitude were always on the President’s agenda, and would likely have been reflected in his FY13 budget submission, the Budget Control Act of 2011 enacted defense cuts proposed by the President. The strategic guidance released today provides the Administration’s vision for implementation of these cuts.

Unfortunately, the Administration’s framework for implementation fails to learn from the lessons of past, is a significant departure from the strategy embraced by previous administrations – both Republican and Democratic, and fails to acknowledge the perilous global security environment, which may be the most dangerous we have witnessed in a generation.

Embraces the False Proposition that the Deficit Problem can be Solved on the Backs of the Military. It is undeniably a national imperative to reduce the deficit. But the only federal spending the President appears willing to reduce is that for our military. We do not have to accept greater national security risk to reduce the deficit. It is not, as the document puts it, a “national security imperative” to reduce the deficit “through a lower level of defense spending.”

Ignores our Continued Commitment of Forces in Afghanistan. The strategy fails to acknowledge the nearly 100,000 forces who continue to fight in Afghanistan or the impact these austerity measures will have on their ability to successfully complete their mission, return home safely, and be reset. Instead, the President appears fixated on ending our mission to save money. In addition, the Administration has yet to examine how “…this strategy will influence existing campaign and contingency plans.” Rather, the President appears willing to embrace a strategy with an undetermined level of strategic and military risk.

Repeats the Mistakes of the Past. The United States did not choose the time and place of 9/11 attacks. We will not have the luxury of choosing a future conflict, but we do have the ability to prepare for the possibility – if we choose. The military responded admirably in 2001, but our force was ill prepared and too small. The last ten years of war have taught us this lesson. After every major conflict in the last century, the United States has cut its military, only to have to painstakingly rebuild it the next time our security is threatened. Sadly, this strategy repeats the mistakes of the past. The guidance states, “…U.S. forces will no longer be sized to conduct large-scale, prolonged stability operations,” despite the fact that our mission in Afghanistan is not over and that history has taught us this is a perilous course – expensive in both lives and treasure.

Major Departure from Two War Strategy. This strategy appears to walk away from the long standing commitment – across both Republican and Democratic Administrations — to size the force to respond to two near-simultaneous major contingency operations. The guidance states, “Even when U.S. forces are committed to a large-scale operation in one region, they will be capable of denying the objectives of – or imposing unacceptable costs on – an opportunistic aggressor in a second region.” This appears to differ significantly from the previous defense strategy, most recently released by this Administration as part of the February 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, which stated, “…U.S. military forces must plan and prepare to prevail in a broad range of operations that may occur in multiple theaters in overlapping time frames. This includes maintaining the ability to prevail against two capable nation-state aggressors…”

Anti-access & the Asia Pacific. The ability to ensure U.S. dominance in power projection is a priority that spans domains and regions, but is particularly critical in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Nevertheless, this guidance does not appear to prioritize capabilities to overcome anti-access/area denial challenges; rather, it merely states that Department of Defense “will invest as required.” This is concerning, particularly in light of the strategy’s vision for a reduced global posture, which helps to ensure our ability to project power. While the strategy plans to rebalance forces toward the Asia Pacific, it provides no commitment to provide additional capabilities to this under-resourced region. Rather, the shift toward Asia appears to come at the expense other regions, most notably the Middle East. This is a dangerous shift.

Reduction in Nuclear Deterrent. The current security environment has unprecedented levels of proliferation, from Iran to North Korea, and with the very real possibility of proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction to non-state actors. The strategy does not make clear how a smaller nuclear force, in terms of both numbers and role in U.S. strategy, will provide a successful deterrence. The strategy is also silent on the importance and planned investments in modernization, which is key to maintaining a credible deterrent that can be deployed forward.

Retreat from U.S. Global Force Posture. The strategy abandons a half a century of U.S. global force presence, on the seas and at the invitation of our allies, that has been the guarantee of global security and has ensured continued U.S. economic supremacy. This forward presence also forms the underpinning of the United States’ ability to project power. The strategy fails to provide alternatives to mitigate the risk created by the vacuum, other than unidentified “creative solutions” that the guidance acknowledges will be required.

Enduring Risk for the Industrial Base. By embracing “reversibility” as a key part of the decisions that resulted in this strategic guidance, the Administration openly acknowledges that it is assuming greater risk. This includes not only strategic and military risk, but risk for the industrial base. The only mitigation provided within this guidance is that “the Department will make every effort to maintain an adequate industrial base and our investment in science and technology.” It is clear that the cuts will come at the expense of not only today’s military, but the future force. The lack of sustained investment will result in the shuttering of elements of the industrial base and the divesture of capabilities that may not be reversible in time.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    SCV NewsBreak
    Loading...
    Related Content
    LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
    Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016
    MISSING: Help Wanted to Find Suspects, Children in Lebec Murder-Kidnapping
    On Sunday, Aug. 14, in a remote area along Gorman Post Road, north of California State Route 138 in the Lebec area, a woman’s body was found lying in the brush by a motorist. Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies and fire rescue personnel responded and discovered the victim suffered trauma to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman’s identity was initially unknown but she has since been identified as Kimberly Harvill. Now Homicide Investigators are looking for Joshua Robertson and Brittany Humphrey who were last seen with victim Harvill’s three minor children and have fled the state.
    Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016
    Deputies Release Footage, Seek Info on Fatal Hit-and-Run
    If you have any information about the incident, or if you were driving in the area of Newhall Avenue/Sierra Highway around 8:55 p.m. on Sunday night, August 21, please contact Detective Maag at (661) 255-1121 Ext. 5112.
    Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016
    Assembly OK’s Pavley’s SB32, Extension of AB32 Climate Bill
    The Assembly on Monday voted to establish in law a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
    Keep Up With Our Facebook

    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    On Sunday, Aug. 14, in a remote area along Gorman Post Road, north of California State Route 138 in the Lebec area, a woman’s body was found lying in the brush by a motorist. Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies and fire rescue personnel responded and discovered the victim suffered trauma to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman’s identity was initially unknown but she has since been identified as Kimberly Harvill. Now Homicide Investigators are looking for Joshua Robertson and Brittany Humphrey who were last seen with victim Harvill’s three minor children and have fled the state.
    MISSING: Help Wanted to Find Suspects, Children in Lebec Murder-Kidnapping
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, deputies released surveillance footage of Sunday evening's deadly hit and run in hopes of finding the suspect. Plus, the Boys and Girls Club is thinking beyond the final bell of the school day. Check out these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    Through the generous funds raised at the event, Pukúu provides scholarships for American Indian students aiming to obtain a college education and achieve their dreams, thereby setting examples in our community.
    Oct. 22: Trio to be Honored at Local Tribe’s Annual Gala
    The Friends of Hart Park, with the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation at Hart Park, is presenting its 23rd Annual Hart of the West PowWow & Native American Craft Fair this October.
    Oct. 1-2: 23rd Annual Hart of the West PowWow & Native American Craft Fair
    The High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club will be hosting a scale model railroad layout at Hart Park in September.
    Sept. 10-11: Model Railroad Comes to Hart Park
    Unique about our SCV Olympians' performance, six medals were won in their sport as part of a relay or team effort. Competing as individuals brings personal honor, but these six medals were attained as they worked with teammates to achieve victory.
    Saluting ‘Teamsmanship’ | Commentary by Gene Dorio, M.D.
    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected a team led by CH2M to provide the plans, specifications and estimates for the design of new high occupancy vehicle lanes along Interstate 5 in both directions between State Route 14 in Santa Clarita and Parker Road in Castaic.
    Team Selected to Design HOV Lanes, Newhall Pass to Castaic
    What makes Carousel Ranch such a special place within the Santa Clarita Valley? Simply, it’s transformative. A place where therapy is disguised as fun in an atmosphere where every child can succeed. For a child with special needs, there is a bond between horse and human that cannot be replicated in a clinical setting.
    A Special Bond | Commentary by Marianne Cederlind 
    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich presented Penny, an 8-week-old female teacup Chihuahua, ready to be adopted.
    Antonovich Pet of the Week (8-23-2016): Penny
    A national expert in expanding access to higher education and addressing student achievement gaps, Dr. James T. Minor will provide leadership and strategy to advance the CSU’s new Graduation Initiative 2025 targets focused on increasing the completion rates of first-time freshmen, transfer, low income and underserved students.
    D.C. Official Hired to Improve CSU Graduation Rates, Close Achievement Gap
    The Aug. 31 panel discussion will share secrets to success and discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of indie film financing. Included on the panel are actors, producers and crowdfunding professionals who have first-hand experience building an audience and fundraising through crowdfunding.
    Indie Film Financing in View at Next ‘New Heights’ Event
    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is issuing a warning against the use of Spice, a synthetic cannabinoid drug that can cause severe side effects such as altered mental status, loss of consciousness, extreme anxiety, agitation, high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, nausea/vomiting, seizures and death.
    County Public Health Warns Against Use of Spice
    Santa Clarita-based BioSolar Inc., a developer of breakthrough energy storage technology and materials, announced Tuesday that the company has entered into a new sponsored research agreement with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to strengthen the engineering development efforts of its battery technology. The company's goal is to increase the capacity and reduce the cost of lithium-ion batteries.
    Nanotech Professor to Lead Local Firm’s Super Battery Research
    If you have any information about the incident, or if you were driving in the area of Newhall Avenue/Sierra Highway around 8:55 p.m. on Sunday night, August 21, please contact Detective Maag at (661) 255-1121 Ext. 5112.
    Deputies Release Footage, Seek Info on Fatal Hit-and-Run
    The Assembly on Monday voted to establish in law a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
    Assembly OK’s Pavley’s SB32, Extension of AB32 Climate Bill
    The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center will be hosting a coloring workshop to encourage self expression and relaxation on Thursday mornings starting September 8.
    Sept. 8: Coloring Workshops Come to SCV Senior Center
    The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the Musicians Roster, the only comprehensive online directory of professional music groups in the region.
    Musicians: Add Your Contact Info to County Roster
    The City of Santa Clarita and the 5th District office of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will host a "Thank You" event for those who battled the recent Sand Fire.
    Aug. 27: Everybody Invited to Thank Firefighters, Help Victims
    ficers from the Newhall CHP office will be at Honu Coffee at 22722 Lyons Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Newhall CHP Hosts ‘Coffee with a Cop’ Thursday
    AB 197 by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia directs the California Air Resources Board to prioritize regulations to protect disadvantaged communities by focusing on reducing direct emissions at stationary and mobile sources.
    Pavley Applauds Passage of Pollution Reduction Bill
    A report released Tuesday from the California State Auditor shows that the state and counties have failed to provide adequate oversight for the prescription of psychotropic medications to children in foster care.
    Report: Calif. Foster Kids are Over-Medicated
    The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
    CDC: Even Healthy Kids, Teens Can Get Flu
    Throughout the month of July, over 800 Men's Wearhouse stores across the nation collected over 260,000 articles of gently-used men's and women's professional attire that will be given to job seekers in need of professional interview attire.
    Suit Drive Nets Quarter-Million Apparel Items for Needy Job Seekers
    1963 - First stretch of Antelope Valley 14 Freeway opens from east of Solemint Junction in Canyon Country to Red Rover Mine Road in Acton. [story]
    A 19-month-old boy was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital after he was found in a pool around 4:58 p.m. in Canyon Country, according to Sgt. Brian Allen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
    Infant Found in Pool, Rushed to Hospital
    Pollworkers play a huge role on Election Day to ensure the continued success of democracy and to the election process - plus, they can earn up to $175.
    County’s Looking for a Few Good Poll Workers
    The American Diabetes Association Los Angeles announced that Culinary Wonders Cooking Studio will offer a series of demonstration and hands on cooking classes based on the association’s dietary guidelines and approved recipes. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Association.
    Studio Offers Healthy Cooking Classes, Donates Proceeds to Diabetes Fight
    I believe it is essential that we make every effort not only to honor those we’ve lost but also to commemorate their contribution to our shared history in a tangible and meaningful way that is accessible to our whole community.
    A Shining Example | Commentary by Christy Smith
    The gallery on 6th Street in Newhall will be open evenings from Thursday through Saturday and will showcase a new exhibit with new artists every five weeks.
    Artists’ Assn. Congratulated on New Gallery Opening
    Upcoming committee meetings and events put on by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
    SCV Chamber: Meeting, Event Schedule (8-22-2016)
    Dr. Dianne Van Hook, chancellor and chief executive officer of the Santa Clarita Community College District, will be honored at Zonta’s 2016 Tribute to Women at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Grand Ballroom, Valencia, on Friday, Nov. 4.
    Nov. 4: COC’s Van Hook in Spotlight at Zonta Tribute
    Throughout September, the Santa Clarita Public Library, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, will be launching their first-ever Food for Fines program which allows patrons to donate one food item to waive up to $20 of overdue library fines or replacement card fees.
    Library Fine? Pay It Off with Food for Needy
    In the past three years, I’ve watched the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District go from teetering at fiscal insolvency to operating with an ample surplus, funded by income from a vast network of charter schools developed using processes that have yet to be legally or legislatively validated – much less understood by the district’s constituents.
    Charter Judgment Day | Commentary by Ken Pfalzgraf
    A former assistant engineer for the city of Santa Clarita pleaded not guilty Monday on charges he embezzled more than $533,000 over a three-year period, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
    Ex-City Worker in Court on Embezzlement Charge
    America’s Job Center of California will host a Hiring Fest from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the College of the Canyons University Center.
    August 26: Hundreds of Jobs Available at COC Hiring Fest
    It was determined the victim, a male Hispanic adult, was walking across the street and was struck by a light-colored SUV-type vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop at the scene and investigators are currently looking for information on the driver.
    Man Crossing Street Near Polynesian Mobile Homes Killed in Hit-and-Run