The American people spoke with passion last November. We’re listening. Now is the time for leadership, not rhetoric, from top military officials. The secretary of Defense needs to put some muscle behind this task and get the department’s fiscal house in order sooner rather than later. Our men and women in uniform are our finest investment. We should save every penny that we can within our defense apparatus to provide them with every tool that they need to keep them safe and keep us free.
The Department of Defense was first required to get its fiscal house in order more than two decades ago. It’s time for the Defense Department to step up to the plate.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R) represents Texas’ 11th district and serves on the Armed Services, Agriculture, Ethics and Intelligence committees.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.