“The president requested a specific amount of money for defense.
The House and the Senate
approved exactly that amount for
defense” in the two defense appropriations bills and in the Energy
Department funding for defense
nuclear programs, he said.
“Whatever disagreements we
may have on other programs, do
not hurt defense,” he said.
Both chambers have approved
defense appropriations that meet
the president’s requested funding
level but do it by adding $38 billion to the Overseas Contingency
Operations fund, which is not
restricted by the BCA.
Having just returned from a visit
to Afghanistan, Thornberry argued
strongly against the further reductions of U.S. military personnel
that Obama has planned.
He said “a lot of folks in Washington tend to dismiss” the growing
presence of the Islamic State, or ISIS,
extremists in Afghanistan. But after
talking to the U.S. commanders and
Afghan leaders, “I got a different
“ISIS is growing faster than people expected,” he said.
But whether it is ISIS, the
Taliban or al-Qaida, Thornberry
said, “I believe Afghanistan will be
a central point for terrorism well
into the future. We have to have a
presence,” rather than follow the
“Iraq model” in which all the U.S.
military withdrew, except for the
personnel attached to the U.S.
Thornberry noted that the U.S.
commanders asked for a specific
level of troops to carry out the mission of training, equipping and
advising the Afghan National
Security Forces, but “the president
did less than that,” authorizing
only 8,000 personnel.
All he was advocating, Thornberry said, was “don’t cut any
more” and don’t close any of the
few bases left.
■ Northrop Grumman Corp.
appointed Robert J. Fleming vice
president of cyber, unattended systems and division strategy, for the
company’s land and self-protection
systems (L&SPS) division. Fleming most recently served as director of strategic planning for the
L&SPS division. The company also
appointed Skip Magness vice
president, operations, for its cyber
division within the Information
Systems sector. Most recently, Magness was director of network defense and intelligence operations
for the cyber division.
■ Huntington Ingalls Industries
(HII) promoted Nicolas Schuck to
controller and chief accounting
officer. Schuck joined HII in
January 2012 as corporate assistant
controller and recently worked as
assistant controller at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.
HII also has promoted Karen
Velkey to corporate vice president,
benefits and compensation. She
most recently served as director,
■ Telephonics Corp., a wholly
owned subsidiary of Griffon
Corp., appointed Michael Anderson vice president and general
manager of its Systems Engineering Group. Anderson joined Telephonics in July after a U.S. Navy
career in which he led the development of key ballistic-missile defense programs.
■ Aerojet Rocketdyne selected Jim
Simpson as senior vice president,
Strategy and Business Development.
Simpson previously spent 35 years
with the Boeing Co. in a variety of
leadership roles, most recently as
vice president of Business Development and Strategy for Network and
■ CNA, a nonprofit research organization, named Kim Deal director of
its Marine Corps Program.
■ ASV, a manufacturer of un-
manned marine systems in Aber-
deen, Scotland, selected James Hail-
stones as its industry engagement
leader as the company expands
its introduction of autonomous sur-
face vehicles into the offshore ener-
■ Rob Goley joined SAFE Boats
International as business development director-U.S. Federal Programs.
Goley is a recently retired veteran of
the Coast Guard.
■ Boeing’s board of directors elected Lynn Good as a new member.
Good is president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy, the
largest U.S. electric power company.
■ Matson Inc. selected Keoni
Wagner as director, corporate communications. He succeeds Jeff
Hull, who is retiring. Wagner most
recently served as public information officer and spokesman for
Oakland International Airport.
■ Vancouver, B.C.-based IBC
Advanced Alloys Corp., appointed
Chris Huskamp acting president of
its subsidiary, IBC Engineered
Materials Corp., based in Wilmington, Mass. Huskamp, an advanced automotive and aerospace
materials expert, served since 2014
as vice president of Business and
Technical Development. Huskamp
is replacing Ray White.
■ U.S. Security Associates named
Harold Underdown as senior vice
president, Security Force Development. Underdown recently completed a 30-year Navy career as a
master chief Naval Special Warfare
■ SeeByte appointed Nick Green
as its new senior program manager,
with a particular focus on the military and oceanographic markets.
Green joins SeeByte with 20 years
of sales experience within the maritime industry. ■
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully of CQ Roll Call.
Managing Editor Richard R. Burgess
and Special Correspondent Otto
Kreisher contributed to this report.