Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 24, 2013

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Obama Sees Narrower Terror Threat, Defends Drones

Congressman Preps Bill to End Terror War Authority

Obama Lifts Ban on Guantanamo Transfers to Yemen

US Missile Defense Still Plagued by Technical Doubts

UN Investigator Seeks World Moratorium on Killer Robots

Photo: President Barack Obama holds a National Security Council meeting in the Situation Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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Guerrilla Blog – May 17, 2013

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Bill Would Require Lawmakers Be Told of Kill or Capture Missions

Lawmakers Introduce Bill Requiring Court Order to Seize Phone Records

Terrorist Entered Witness Protection, Then Fled the United States

Lawmakers Press Pentagon to Fund Battlefield Network

Carrier-Based Unmanned Jet Launch Set to Open New Markets

 

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 16, 2013

A Free Syrian Army fighter sits on a sofa inside a house in Deir al-Zor

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Arm Syrian Rebels

Navy Launches Unmanned Aircraft From Carrier

Hagel Announces Unpaid Leave for Pentagon Civilians

Defense Employees Lose 20 Percent of Pay to Sequestration

Government Probe Obtains Wide Swath of AP Phone Records

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 8, 2013

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Senators Discuss Revising Resolution Authorizing the Use of Military Force

Pentagon Annual Report Shows Sexual Assault Numbers Up Sharply

Marine Convicted of Rape Walks Without Prison Time

Air Force Brochure Tells Sexual Assault Victims to ‘Submit’

Pentagon Plans to Cut Civilian Workforce

Photo: President Barack Obama attends a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In Key Senate Job, Ex-Lockheed Exec Replaced by Ex-Lockheed Lobbyist

Lockheedby Justin Elliott ProPublica, April 24, 2013, 12:07 p.m.

Last year, we told you about how former Lockheed Martin executive Ann Sauer had been hired to be the top Republican staffer on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sauer got $1.6 million from Lockheed, including a buyout, before being hired by Sen. John McCain to come back to Capitol Hill, where she had previously worked as a staffer. Watchdogs cried foul.

With McCain stepping down as ranking member of the committee, Sauer left the job on the Armed Services Committee earlier this year and now works as a federal budget expert for hire.

Her replacement? Another former Hill staffer who went to work with large military contractors 2014 including Lockheed.

John Bonsell, the new staff director for the Republicans on the committee, spent five years as a lobbyist for military contractors such as Boeing, GE Aviation, BAE Systems, and SAIC. He made $276,400 in 2011, his final year as a lobbyist, a disclosure form shows. Bonsell did not respond to our requests for comment.

Bonsell takes the Armed Services Committee job at an especially fraught time for military contractors: the industry has been fighting 2014 so far unsuccessfully 2014 budget cuts that kicked in under sequestration last month.

Before working as a lobbyist, Bonsell had a two-decade career in the Army including a stint as chief of concepts and doctrine on the Army staff at the Pentagon. After that, he became a legislative assistant to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., in 2001.

In 2007, he joined Robison International, a lobby shop focusing on military issues that is led by a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs named Randall West.

After five years as a lobbyist, Bonsell rejoined Inhofe’s staff in 2012 as legislative director. Earlier this year, when Inhofe took over from McCain as ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, he hired Bonsell to be staff director.

Asked if Bonsell’s previous role as a lobbyist for industry players presents any conflict, Inhofe spokeswoman Donelle Harder said the senator views that work as a plus.

“Due to his 20 plus years of service in the U.S. Army and his post-retirement career, Sen. Inhofe finds John Bonsell uniquely qualified to understand the perspective of both the government and the private sector as the committee works to address unprecedented challenges with the future of our national defense,” she wrote in an email.

Inhofe has said that his top priority is to avoid military budget cuts.