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Frank Oliveri


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

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Stories by Frank Oliveri:

Armed Services Committees Look to Make Fiscal Room for Naval Shipbuilding Plans

June 10, 2014

Members of Congress and Navy officials were wringing their hands late last year over a roughly $60 billion shortfall forecast between 2021 and 2035 in the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan.

Republicans Poised to Slam Obama on Defense

April 4, 2014

Republicans are likely to pounce on the Pentagon’s $34 billion list of unfunded priorities as evidence that President Barack Obama is intentionally underfunding the military.

Logistics of Afghan Drawdown Prove Challenging

March 25, 2014

The United States military is making steady progress in the removal of people and equipment from landlocked Afghanistan, according to military officials who say the delay in a final decision about the U.S. presence after 2014 should not prevent a full-scale withdrawal, if that becomes necessary.

Delay in Afghan Pact Roils War Plan, Defense Budget

March 25, 2014

The bilateral security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan has still not been signed, sealed and delivered, creating budget uncertainty and potentially significant logistical problems, according to military and congressional leaders.

Littoral Combat Ships Shore Up Support, Despite Their Costs and Questions

Jan. 28, 2014

The woes and ultimate truncation of a major Pentagon weapon acquisition program has become a Washington cliche.

Ships Could Be Essential to Meet Navy Fleet Quota

Jan. 28, 2014

While the Littoral Combat Ship would fill three distinctive Navy needs — countering submarines, mines and fast small boats — it plays a far larger role for lawmakers and some Navy officials and experts that isn’t laid out in its military specifications.

Appropriators Keep Defense Cuts Close to the Vest

Jan. 7, 2014

House and Senate Defense appropriators have been closely holding a secret, at the core of which lies the fate of hundreds of Pentagon programs facing billions of dollars in reductions from fiscal 2014 plans.

Defense Budget Process for Fiscal 2015 Likely to Be More Stable

Jan. 7, 2014

At least some of the uncertainty that plagued the fiscal 2014 defense budget process likely will be removed from the fiscal 2015 debate.

Overheard: The Schumer Rule, Debunked?

Dec. 11, 2013

“You know that line about, ‘You do not want to get between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera?’ I am living proof that is not true.”

Whose District Is It Anyway?

Dec. 3, 2013

The first years after the decennial redistricting can be confusing for everyone. Case in point? Consider the situation of our CQ Roll Call colleague Frank Oliveri, a Bronx, N.Y., native who was talking Tuesday with Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., about the weekend’s deadly Metro North train crash.

Is the Price Right for Navy's Sub Replacement Program?

Sept. 17, 2013

The Navy is planning to build 12 ballistic missile submarines that are so pricey the service is facing a $60 billion shortfall between 2021 and 2035, yet many of the lawmakers overseeing the Navy appear to have no problem with that.

Ohio-Class Ballistic Submarine Remains Priority for Navy

Sept. 17, 2013

The Navy views the Ohio-class replacement ballistic missile submarine as its top priority, indicating it would be prepared to slash other ship programs to build the 12 submarines it needs.

Chambers Split on East Coast Missile Defense Site

July 30, 2013

Democrats and Republicans agree that the nation’s missile defenses — designed to blunt missile threats from North Korea and Iran — need improvement.

Failed Missile Tests Spark Questions About System

July 30, 2013

The $40 billion Ground-based Midcourse Defense system was developed and deployed to intercept incoming ballistic missiles and consists of ground-based interceptor missiles, kill vehicles and radar located in Alaska and California.

Afghan War Vote More About War Fatigue Than Forcing Drawdown

June 14, 2013

When the House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved an amendment directing the president to remove all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, it was far more important in reflecting the nation’s current mood toward the Afghanistan war — and war generally — than in having any practical effect on administration policy.

Military Spends Big to Get Camouflage Right

June 11, 2013

Beginning in 2000, the military services began a process that has led to a proliferation of different camouflage uniforms.

Should Armed Services Have a Common Combat Camouflage?

June 11, 2013

When the full House and the Senate Armed Services Committee take up their fiscal 2014 defense policy bills this week, troops may literally lose the shirts off their backs.

House Defense Bill Aims to Implement Lessons From Benghazi Attack

May 20, 2013

The inquiry led by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee into the slaying of four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year has been attention-grabbing, but some senior GOP aides are worried that the partisan overtones are diverting Congress from identifying and addressing the real lessons learned from the attack.

Past Base Closings Raise Questions About Future

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.

Could More Base Closures Be on the Way?

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.

Lawmakers Split on Next Steps After Syria's Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons

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.

More Weight, Fewer Returning Troops

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.

Infantry Loads Take Toll on Troops, Hamper Tactics

April 16, 2013

Today’s soldiers and Marines are more likely than ever before to survive major ground combat.

Senators Blast Military After General Overturns Sexual Assault Verdict

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.”

Administration Details Deep Sequester Cuts to States

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.

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