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Issues at the forefront of debate on defense policy bill
Posted by Randy | June 05, 2013
I wanted to share an article with you that I wrote for The Hill on the need to revitalize American Seapower, as well as additional articles on sexual assault in the military and AirSea Battle.  I wrote on and discussed these topics in anticipation of today’s House Armed Services Committee mark up of the National Defense Authorization Act, as I expect that all of these issues will be at the forefront of today’s debate. 

What other policies and programs do you feel should be prioritized in the annual defense bill, as we prepare for consideration in the House next week?
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  • Ben Zimmerman commented on 6/5/2013
    I appreciated your article concerning naval sea power. I agree that it is critical to maintain a strong navy as long as we have economic and political interests overseas. I feel a similar concern for space, since we have many economic and military interests there. Do you believe this next potential major battleground is being seriously addressed by our society?
  • Thomas G commented on 6/6/2013
    Yesterday a poll was released indicating that only 1, yes ONE percent of America, believes the congress is doing an excellent job. You are failing us congressman Forbes and the evidence is overwhelming. In all your years in Washington you have failed in your committee responsibilities to effectively address the national disgrace of sexual abuse in the military. You have not been paying attention sir there is no other way to put it. It is disturbing that you voted against the Violence Against Women Act, against Pay Check Fairness, against Lilly Ledbetter, and even had the gall to oppose an increase in the minimum wage. I do not see how a representative from a district with such a huge military presence can be so tone deaf when it comes to issues like this. I am very concerned that you will once again fail to confront this issue. When a republican senator, in public testimony, asserts that this problem is hormone related I am left in near disbelief. You should be at the center of efforts to address this concern Mr. Forbes and you are invisible. My goodness congressman you are on the Judiciary committee! What do you do in Washington sir? I am very, very concerned congressman Forbes and the continual failure to act on the concerns facing America. No action on jobs, no action on the debt limit, no action on the budget and a total abandonment of the middle class sir. As one of the most extreme members in all of congress, even refusing to act on expanded background checks on gun purchases, I have lost all faith in your capacity to lead.
  • Carol Kimmel commented on 6/6/2013
    I would like to see Randy's response to the last comment!!
  • Gregg J commented on 6/7/2013
    Lets look at history first. In the 1920s, Gen Billy Mitchell proved naval ships were vulnerable to attack from aircraft. The Army, Navy and congress disregarded his warnings and spent huge sums on naval ship building. Less than 20 years later, the Japanese crippled the pacific fleet with an air assault on Pearl Harbor. Fast forward to today. There are the same calls for naval ship building. Sounds familiar doesn't it? The American navy is the largest in the world. No country in the world would dare challenge our navy. We have 10 aircraft carriers in service with two being built. The country with the next largest number of carriers is Italy with a total of two. Last time I checked Italy was our ally. How about China's military build up. China has exactly one carrier. So congressman, who exactly are we defending against with this huge naval build up...space invaders? Your proposed increased spending on naval ships is nonsense.
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