Pentagon & Congress

Defense hearings: Defense budget debate in full swing

Congress starts its fiscal 2016 defense budget work in earnest this week, with officials from the Navy and Marine Corps on the Hill to talk about their priorities and the services' top enlisted leaders on hand to discuss quality-of-life issues.

Lawmakers will also debate budget requests for the Coast Guard and Department of Veterans Affairs, and House Armed Services

officials will begin their review of the president's recent request for a new authorization of military force in the Middle East.

Tuesday

House/Senate Veterans' Affairs — 2 p.m. — Dirksen G-50

DAV priorities

Leaders from Disabled Veterans of America testify before the congressional committees about their priorities for the upcoming year.

Wednesday

House Appropriations — 9:30 a.m. — Rayburn 2362-B

Quality of life

The subcommittee on military affairs will hear from top enlisted leaders from the four services about the fiscal 2016 defense budget request.

House Homeland Security — 10 a.m. — Cannon 311

Cybersecurity

Committee members will review recent White House cybersecurity information-sharing proposals.

House Transportation — 10 a.m. — Rayburn 2167

Coast Guard budget

The subcommittee on maritime transportation will review the White House's fiscal 2016 budget request for the Coast Guard.

House/Senate Veterans' Affairs — 10 a.m. — Cannon 345

American Legion

Leaders from the American Legion will testify before the congressional committees about their priorities for the upcoming year.

House Armed Services — 10 a.m. — Rayburn 2118

European Security

The committee will review Defense Department response to emerging security challenges in Europe.

House Armed Services — 2 p.m. — Rayburn 2212

Navy budget

The subcommittee on sea power will review the White House's fiscal 2016 budget request for the Navy and Marine Corps, including testimony from Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Sean Stackley and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck Jr.

Senate Armed Services — 2:30 p.m. — Russell 222

Nuclear security

Think tank experts discuss regional nuclear dynamics and national security implications.

Senate Armed Services — 2:30 p.m. — Hart 216

Military health care

The subcommittee on military personnel will discuss health care recommendations included in the recently released report from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.

House Armed Services — 3:30 p.m. — Rayburn 2118

Future threats

The subcommittee on emerging threats will invite acting Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen to discuss emerging technology and threats.

Thursday

Senate Veterans' Affairs — 9:30 a.m. — Russell 418

VA budget

VA Secretary Bob McDonald is expected to talk about the department's budget priorities for fiscal 2016, echoing last month's testimony before the House.

House Judiciary — 10 a.m. — Rayburn 2141

ISIS

The subcommittee on terrorism discusses the domestic terror threat posed by Islamic State fighters.

House Armed Services — 10 a.m. — Rayburn 2118

Iraq AUMF

The committee will discuss the White House's recent request for a new authorization for use of military force against Islamic State fighters in the Middle East.

House Appropriations — 10 a.m. — Capitol H-140

Navy budget

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. testify before the committee about the White House's fiscal 2016 budget proposal for the Navy and Marine Corps.

House Armed Services — 2 p.m. — Rayburn 2118

Strategic Forces budget

Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon and U.S. Strategic Command Commander Adm. Cecil Haney will discuss the White House's fiscal 2016 defense budget request.

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