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  • DOD's Increasing Reliance on Brass is a Sign of Broader Problems
    Posted in In the News on October 6, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The Pentagon is more top-heavy than ever before. How much does this bureaucratic bloat cost taxpayers? The Pentagon has no idea, and neither does the Government Accountability Office. Pentagon officials know they need more generals and admirals, they just can’t tell you why. Those are the conclusions from a GAO report released earlier this month. In 2011, I testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee and explained the problem, which I dubbed Star Creep—the Pentagon’s propensity to have... Read more

  • Rep. Lamborn Decried for Urging Generals to Quit
    Posted in In the News on September 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    A Republican congressman from Colorado was not trying to undermine President Barack Obama's military actions in the Middle East by urging generals who disagreed with the president to resign "in a blaze of glory," a spokesman said Monday. U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn made the remarks last week in response to a question at a small gathering in Colorado Springs. One man urged Lamborn to support generals given "the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House" — a comparison of the president to the Islamic grou... Read more

  • Reaction from Colorado delegation to President Obama's ISIS speech
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

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  • Obama preparing to expand offensive against Islamic State
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    President Barack Obama is preparing to expand the U.S. offensive against Islamic State extremists, including targeting the group’s havens inside Syria. The administration is considering steps including moves to block foreign fighters from entering Syria and Iraq, delivering more aid to moderate factions among Syrian rebels and expanding air strikes to Islamic State targets in Syria. The U.S. already has stepped up aerial surveillance in Syria, which would be needed to provide the real-time inte... Read more

  • Coffman Statement on President Obama’s Speech on ISIL
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) made the following statement after President Obama's speech on combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): "President Bush did too much, getting us involved in a costly and unnecessary occupation, but President Obama has done too little to take the fight to those who seek to do us harm. I agree with President Obama that a political solution is necessary to dismantle ISIS and know how hard that will be from my time in Western Iraq with the Marine Corp... Read more

  • Coffman Statement on Situation in Iraq
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Middle East Peace/Israel

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora), a Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Iraq, gave the following statement: “The President is wrong to provide any additional military assistance for the Shia-dominated government of Iraq until there is a process in place to bring about a reconciliation between the government and the disaffected Sunni Arab population. Additional military assistance, at any level, prior to this, is fundamentally wrong and will only be seen as the United Sta... Read more

  • Coffman Calls For an End To Overseas Contingency Operation Funding as Military Operations wind down in Afghanistan
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO), along with Representatives Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and 20 of their colleagues in the House of Representatives, sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing strong concerns over a number of issues related to the Overseas Contingency Operation budget and its use to circumvent budget caps. The letter states as the last of our troops come home from Afghanistan, it is time to wind down the Oversea... Read more

  • Bill would battle sex trafficking
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 29, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Transportation

    It is not a well-known fact that the fastest-growing segment of organized crime, as well as the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world, is sex trafficking. And while many believe this is only an international problem that pervades Third World countries, the unfortunate reality is that sex trafficking also occurs here in the United States. The United Nations estimates that there is $9 billion in revenue generated from sex trafficking in the U.S. alone. Moreover, according to the Departmen... Read more

  • Making IT security a priority at VA
    Posted in In the News on April 4, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans

    If a demonstration is needed that security is a process, not a product, and that it depends on management, not technology, the Veterans Affairs Department provides it. The Government Accountability Office recently recited to a House panel a litany of weaknesses in the sprawling department’s struggling IT security program. The VA inspector general has identified development of an info security program as a “major management challenge,” and auditors have flagged inadequate security controls in fin... Read more

  • Coffman Statement On ENLIST Act and NDAA Amendment
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) today made the following statement regarding the ENLIST Act: “I wholeheartedly agree with Chairman McKeon that the ENLIST Act should not be included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) because it does not work for the military. Most notably, the Act would burden enlistment officers by saddling them with the added task of checking immigration status of potential recruits – a task the Department of Defense has testified it does not want. Go... Read more

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