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House Armed Services Committee

House Armed Services Holds Hearing on FY2021 National Defense Budget

The House Armed Services Committee will hold a full committee hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the fiscal year 2021 national defense authorization budget request from the Department of Defense. Committee members will hear testimony from Mark Esper, the Secretary of Defense, and Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

You can watch the hearing here and below.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Clapper, Hayden, and McCabe on the Worldwide Threat Briefing

Every year for a quarter of a century, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, or both, have hosted the worldwide threat briefing featuring open unclassified testimony from leaders of the intelligence community about the biggest threats facing the United States. That is, at least until this year, when it is still unclear when the worldwide threat testimony will take place, if at all.

Senate Armed Services Committee

Senate Armed Services Holds Hearing on European and Transportation Commands

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing today to receive testimony on United States European Command and United States Transportation Command as part of a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal year 2021. The Committee heard from Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of European Command, and Gen. Stephen Lyons, the commander of Transportation Command.

You can watch a video stream of the hearing here.

FISA

House Judiciary Introduces FISA Reauthorization

The House Judiciary Committee today introduced draft legislation to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Among other things, the draft legislation would repeal authority to access call detail records on an ongoing basis, and would also require the declassification review and public release of significant decisions, orders, and opinions within 180 days of being issued. The proposed legislation would expand mandatory reporting on the number of search terms and queries concerning a U.S.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Monaco and Yan on Coronavirus

Lisa Monaco was Barack Obama's counterterrorism and Homeland Security advisor in the White House, and headed the Justice Department's national security division. Sophia Yan is a Beijing-based correspondent for the British newspaper The Telegraph. Lisa and Sophia may not seem to have a lot in common, but these days, they are both spending a lot of time thinking about coronavirus. Monaco managed epidemic and pandemic disease events for the Obama administration, and Yan is in the middle of covering the ongoing epidemic in China.

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