Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week from their pre-Thanksgiving break to fit in a few days of work before their holiday hiatusThanksgiving break officially starts.

Senate Armed Services Committee members will continue their defense-reform focus with another hearing Tuesday, this time on management reforms within the Pentagon. House Armed Services Committee officials have a full slate of hearings later in the week looking at future threats and technology.

House defense lawmakers also will hear from former CIA Director John McLaughlin and former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker on Wednesday as part of their ongoing review of U.S. strategy in the Middle East against the Islamic State group.

On the same day, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to discuss current and future U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Committee will review the nomination of Mike Missal to become the Department of Veterans Affairs' VA’s new inspector general, a position post that has been open for almost two years, despite repeated pleas from lawmakers and advocates to fill the oversight post.

Monday, Nov. 16

Senate Foreign Relations — 5 p.m. — Visitors Center S217

Closed briefing

The committee will receive a closed briefing on policy tools to combat North Korea's nuclear and ballistic-missile capabilities.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — Dirksen G50

Defense reform

Defense business board members will testify before the committee on management challenges within the Defense Department.

House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — Rayburn 2172

Women and technology

The committee will discuss international development and how opening more technology training to women overseas could increase opportunities.

House Veterans' Affairs — 10 a.m. — Cannon 334

Pending legislation

The committee will consider a series of VA health measures, including new regulation of pain-medication prescriptions for veterans seeking medical care.

House Foreign Affairs — 2 p.m. — Rayburn 2172

Arctic security

The subcommittee on emerging threats will review security, economic and resource opportunities in the Aarctic region.

Senate Veterans' Affairs — 2:30 p.m. — Russell 418

Nominations

The committee will consider the nomination of Mike Missal to be the next inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — Visitors Center S217

Closed briefing

The committee will receive a closed briefing on undersea infrastructure protection from naval intelligence officials.

House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — Capitol 210

Terrorism

The committee will hear from outside experts on the rise in religious radicalism worldwide and the threat it poses to the U.S. homeland.

House Veterans' Affairs — 10:30 a.m. — Cannon 334

Outside VA care

The committee will review requests from VA officials to consolidate multiple community-care programs under a single, new structure.

House Armed Services — 1 p.m. — Rayburn 2118

Islamic State group

The committee will hear from former CIA Ddirector John McLaughlin and former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker on current U.S. strategy in the Middle East.

House Foreign Affairs — 1 p.m. — Rayburn 2172

Afghanistan

Outside experts will testify before the committee on the current U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and what it could mean for the future of that country.

House Veterans' Affairs — 2 p.m. — Cannon 334

Job training

The subcommittee on economic opportunity will review VA's on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs.

Senate Veterans' Affairs — 2:30 p.m. — Russell 418

Pending legislation

The committee will consider a number of proposed health and benefits bills, including a pair dealing with GI Bill tuition payments.

Thursday, Nov. 19

House Armed Services — 8 a.m. — Rayburn 2212

Base operations

The subcommittee on readiness will hear from service installation commanders on the effect of reduced infrastructure and base operating support investments.

House Armed Services — 9 a.m. — Rayburn 2118

Future naval force

The subcommittee on seapower will review acquisition efficiency in naval procurement and what it means for the future of the Navy's strategy.

House Judiciary — 9 a.m. — Rayburn 2141

Syrian refugees

The subcommittee on immigration will review the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on U.S. security.

House Armed Services — 10:30 a.m. — Rayburn 2212

Future defense systems

Air Force and Navy researchers will discuss autonomy in future defense systems and recent research advances.