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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. Ż
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.
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.
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.
The ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday accused the Obama administration of covering up the true nature of last yearís fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, amplifying yet another political proxy battle between the White House and Republicans.
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.
One of the Senateís more liberal members said Friday he intends to take over the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, at a time when military budgets are contracting.
The top defense policy Republican in the Senate threatened Thursday to introduce legislation that would attempt to block part of the Pentagonís initiative to lift the ban on women in combat after the changes were officially announced.
Democrats hailed the news Wednesday that Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta plans to lift the ban on women serving in combat.
On the same day that Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer said the presidentís 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.
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.
The presidentís 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.
Congress may be gridlocked on most issues, but one major bill is on a glide path for the presidentís desk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.