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Megan Scully


Megan Scully covers defense and national security for CQ. With over a decade of experience as a defense reporter, Megan joined CQ Roll Call in October 2012 after six years at National Journal. She previously worked for Defense News and Inside the Army. Megan cut her teeth in congressional reporting at States News Service, where she covered Washington for several local papers around the country.

A Philadelphia native, Megan is a graduate of American University's School of Communications. She lives in Washington's Takoma neighborhood with her husband and son. ű

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Exclusive: Obama's Gitmo Closure Plan Won't Recommend U.S. Site

Sept. 17, 2015

The Obama administration will bypass the difficult political decision of selecting a single alternative U.S. site for the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility when it sends Congress its much-anticipated plan for shuttering the controversial prison.

Exclusive: Pentagon No. 2 Warns of CR's 'Disastrous' Impact

Sept. 16, 2015

The Pentagon is counting on Congress averting a painful government shutdown when the calendar turns to the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, but the Defense Department’s No. 2 civilian is not ruling out the possibility of a "disastrous" year-long continuing resolution to fund the military.

Iran Deal Divides Public, Poll Finds

Aug. 19, 2015

Roughly half of Americans believe Charles E. Schumer, as the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, can and should oppose the Iran nuclear deal brokered by the Obama administration, compared to only 21 percent who believe the New York Democrat should hold his fire on the agreement.

Kansas Delegation Balks at Plans to Move Gitmo Detainees to Leavenworth

Aug. 17, 2015

Pentagon officials traveled last week to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, home to the military’s only domestic maximum-security prison, to evaluate it as a potential alternative to the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, a Defense Department spokesman said Monday.

Exclusive: Gillibrand Held Up Dunford Over Military Sexual Assault Documents

July 29, 2015

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has lifted her anonymous hold on Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.’s nomination to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lining up his confirmation before the Senate departs for the August recess.

GOP Critics Have Few Options on Iran Deal

July 14, 2015

Republican lawmakers can do little to block or significantly alter the final nuclear agreement with Iran, despite blistering criticism and a pledge from at least one GOP hawk that it is dead on arrival.

Who Made Who: BRAC Came From Congress

April 28, 2015

Closing big military bases has always been politically difficult, given the economic benefits of their payrolls and purchases to surrounding areas. Congress made it even more difficult in 1977 with a law restricting the military’s ability to shed excess infrastructure.

Next Year's Defense Bill to Bear Stamp of New Chairmen

Nov. 11, 2014

The Republican triumphs in the November elections put the job of writing next year’s Senate defense policy bill in the hands of a leading critic of the Obama administration’s national security strategy and an aggressive watchdog over Pentagon weapons procurement policies.

'Big Four' to Get Busy Settling Differences on Defense Bills in Lame-Duck Session

Nov. 11, 2014

Leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees will get to work this week negotiating the most contentious differences between their versions of the annual defense authorization bill, with a to-do list that includes resolving policy on the military’s detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and determining the fate of the Air Force’s venerable A-10 Warthog aircraft, Navy cruisers and Army National Guard attack aviation.

Path Forward on CR, Title 10 Authority Starts to Crystalize

Sept. 15, 2014

After postponing consideration last week of a stop-gap spending measure to fund the government past Sept. 30, House GOP leaders are poised in the days ahead to bring that same piece of legislation to the floor.

U.S., Israel Forging Wider Missile Defense Program

July 29, 2014

The American efforts to help Israel develop a multi-tier missile defense program to counter threats ranging from short-range rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to medium-range ballistic missiles from Iran is a staple of U.S. aid to Israel, which is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II.

Congressional Partisanship May Delay Funding for Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense System

July 29, 2014

It would be tough to find anybody in Congress, from either party, opposed to sending Israel more money for its Iron Dome air defense system, which has been instrumental in protecting the country from rockets fired by Hamas. But the additional $225 million Israel has requested for the anti-rocket system could be held up until September, as the parties spar over how Congress should distribute the money.

House Lawmakers Critical of Proposed Counterterrorism Fund

July 16, 2014

Pentagon leaders faced heavy opposition from the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday to the Obama administration’s requested counterterrorism partnership fund, with members from both parties raising concerns that the proposed $5 billion account amounts to little more than a slush fund for the Defense Department.

House Lawmakers Critical of Proposed Counterterrorism Fund

July 16, 2014

Pentagon leaders faced heavy opposition from the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday to the Obama administration’s requested counterterrorism partnership fund, with members from both parties raising concerns that the proposed $5 billion account amounts to little more than a slush fund for the Defense Department.

Trouble-Plagued F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Appears Too Expensive to Fail

July 15, 2014

Despite a history punctuated by cost hikes, schedule delays and technological problems, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter appears to be too big — and too important — to fail.

Deal Could Trim Aircraft's Skyrocketing Price Tag

July 15, 2014

As officials grapple with the fallout from the recent grounding of the F-35 fleet, the Defense Department is working to get the troubled fighter program’s escalating costs under control.

Pentagon's Budget Projections Ignore Long-Term Caps

June 24, 2014

Even as Pentagon officials call on Congress to accept painful cuts outlined in their spending proposal for next year, their own budget projections ignore the long-term caps currently in place for fiscal 2016 and beyond.

House Vote to Preserve A-10 Warthogs Leaves Air Force Holding Multimillion-Dollar Tab

June 24, 2014

A bipartisan group of 300 House members last week defied the wishes of both the Obama administration and Appropriations Committee leaders by voting to keep the Air Force’s venerable fleet of A-10 Warthog close-air support planes.

Pentagon Must Follow Lengthy Process to Shutter Bases, Cut Excess Military Infrastructure

May 7, 2014

The process for shedding excess military infrastructure is unlike any other in government.

House Bill Lays Foundation for Future Base Closings

May 6, 2014

The House Armed Services Committee is opening the door ever so slightly to the possibility of another Base Closure and Realignment Commission, laying the preliminary groundwork in its version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill for the Pentagon to begin the lengthy and painful process of shuttering unneeded installations.

Defense Hawks May Look to Boost Competition in Air Force Satellite Launches

April 8, 2014

The Air Force’s space program is facing tough scrutiny on Capitol Hill as influential lawmakers in both parties publicly question the service’s commitment to competition in the increasingly lucrative area of satellite launches.

Russian Engine Used in Atlas V Rocket Under Scrutiny

April 8, 2014

The Pentagon has launched a review to determine whether using a Russian-built rocket engine to launch military satellites has any national security implications, following Russia’s seizure and annexation of Crimea.

Chambers Consider Reversing Defense Pension Cuts

Feb. 11, 2014

Both Congress and the Pentagon oppose a cut to military pensions contained in last year’s bipartisan budget deal, but the rush to legislative action underscores a potentially big problem for the military: There is deep reluctance on Capitol Hill to make cost-saving changes to the military’s increasingly expensive benefits and compensation system.

Pentagon Struggles to Find Solution to Soaring Health Costs

Feb. 11, 2014

Even as the Defense Department’s budget grew at historic rates during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pentagon officials began to voice concerns that the military’s rising health care costs would threaten other spending priorities.

Disruption of Regular Appropriations Threatens DOD Projects

Nov. 5, 2013

The Navy has grand plans for its next-generation ballistic missile submarine, pushing it deeper into the research-and-development phase in fiscal 2014 — and one step closer to production — with a healthy $1.1 billion investment that amounts to roughly double what the service spent on the program last year.

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