Frank Oliveri has been a reporter and editor for 23 years, primarily covering national security, but also foreign policy, NASA, and homeland security. He has been with CQ for eight years. An expert in congressional process, Frank's specialty is the development of defense policy on Capitol Hill and the relationship between the Pentagon and the policy makers in Congress. His coverage at CQ has ranged widely, from the policies governing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan down to the details of weapons systems and their requirements. Before joining CQ, Frank spent 10 years with several Gannett Corp. properties, most recently as a reporter for Gannett News Service, and as metro editor for a mid-sized daily, Florida Today.
He has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut State University. û
Stories by Frank Oliveri:
May 7, 2013
In the past, the Pentagon has been able to convince skeptical lawmakers to authorize rounds of base closures by promising significant savings.
May 7, 2013
When the Pentagon last year asked Congress to initiate a base closure process, powerful lawmakers such as Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the military it needed to look for cuts in Europe before lawmakers would consider cuts at home.
April 25, 2013
The White House’s assessment of Syria’s likely use of chemical weapons in its civil war has intensified calls on Capitol Hill for more aggressive U.S. intervention there, but lawmakers are far from agreeing on what any greater American role would look like.
April 16, 2013
Today’s soldiers and Marines are more likely than ever before to survive major ground combat.
April 16, 2013
A surprising number of casualties on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq involved fractures, strains and musculoskeletal problems, many of them related to the heavy combat loads for soldiers and Marines on the front lines.
March 5, 2013
Several senators are expressing outrage at a decision by an Air Force general to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict against a military pilot accused of rape, calling it a “travesty of justice.”
Feb. 25, 2013
Furloughs of about 730,000 Defense Department civilian employees would cost the states $4.43 billion in lost salaries and billions more in military operating expenditures if Congress fails to avert sequester, according to documents released by the Obama administration late Sunday.
Feb. 21, 2013
Alabama Republican Sen. Richard C. Shelby now appears ready to vote Tuesday to limit debate on the nomination and confirm Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary.
Feb. 13, 2013
The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee insist that despite highly partisan clashes over the handling of the killings of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and the nomination of a new Defense secretary, the panel should have no difficulty reaching agreement on a defense policy bill later this year.
Feb. 11, 2013
The Senate panel overseeing Pentagon nominations plans to vote Tuesday on the contentious nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Defense secretary. And while the committee may vote along party lines to recommend confirmation, some Republicans are expected to delay action on the Senate floor.
Feb. 7, 2013
The ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday accused the Obama administration of covering up the true nature of last year’s fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, amplifying yet another political proxy battle between the White House and Republicans.
Jan. 29, 2013
While Republican Chuck Hagel appears likely to win confirmation to lead the Pentagon, many senators in both parties are still holding back their formal endorsements or opposition.
Jan. 25, 2013
One of the Senate’s more liberal members said Friday he intends to take over the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, at a time when military budgets are contracting.
Jan. 24, 2013
The top defense policy Republican in the Senate threatened Thursday to introduce legislation that would attempt to block part of the Pentagon’s initiative to lift the ban on women in combat after the changes were officially announced.
Jan. 23, 2013
Democrats hailed the news Wednesday that Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta plans to lift the ban on women serving in combat.
Jan. 15, 2013
On the same day that Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer said the president’s choice to become Defense secretary assuaged his concerns regarding past statements about Israel and Iran, among others, the top defense policy Republican in the Senate rejected the nominee.
Jan. 14, 2013
Douglas C. Roach, the longtime staff director for the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, died Jan. 11. He was 70.
Jan. 7, 2013
The president’s nominee to become the next Defense secretary is already facing tough opposition from a wing of the Republican Party, in part over differences regarding the application of military power, but former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has a long record of being hawkish when it comes to defense policy and spending.
Dec. 19, 2012
Congress may be gridlocked on most issues, but one major bill is on a glide path for the president’s desk.
Dec. 16, 2012
Conferees working toward agreement on the fiscal 2013 defense policy bill are locked in negotiations that most likely will lead to the inclusion of language requiring the Defense Department to conduct a study outlining a plan for building an East Coast missile defense site.
Dec. 2, 2012
Already a leading GOP voice on international affairs, veteran Sen. John McCain of Arizona may further cement that role by joining the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next year.
Nov. 26, 2012
A disagreement between GOP lawmakers over a military detainee amendment has caused a delay in bringing the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill to the Senate floor until later this week, according to the ranking Republican on the defense policy panel.
Nov. 15, 2012
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is holding up consideration of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill over an amendment he plans to offer that would require a jury trial for Americans detained in terrorism investigations.
Nov. 13, 2012
The Senate Armed Services Committee postponed the confirmation hearing of Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen Jr. to become the commander of allied forces in Europe until after the completion of an investigation into his personal conduct.