July 13, 2014

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. û

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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'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.

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.

Appropriators Strike Optimistic Note, Despite Heavy Lifting Ahead

Nov. 5, 2013

In an era where continuing resolutions have replaced annual spending bills for many government agencies, appropriators — once the kings of the Hill — have seen their status drop precipitously.

A-10 Warthogs Aid Troops in Specific Way

Oct. 1, 2013

The A-10 Warthog has been coming to the aid of ground combat troops since the Air Force received the first production plane in October 1975, with operations spanning nearly four decades and several continents.

Air Force's Single-Mission Warthog Has Uncertain Future in Era of Budget Cuts

Oct. 1, 2013

As budget pressures force the Defense Department to rethink long-term spending plans, Air Force officials are openly admitting that their venerable fleet of A-10 Warthogs could be on the chopping block because the heavily armed planes simply do not top the priorities list.

Why Won't the Senate Let Joe Heck Become a General?

Aug. 30, 2013

When the Senate left town for the August recess, senators confirmed nominees for an assortment of posts ranging from Amtrak board member to ambassador to the Vatican. But one member of Congress’ military promotion was left in limbo.

Dempsey's Reconfirmation Will Shine Spotlight on Foreign Policy

July 16, 2013

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the military’s top officer, is up for confirmation for another two-year term at an awkward time for the Obama administration, as it wrestles with its response to unrest abroad and steep cuts to defense spending at home.

Sequester's Effects Could Arise in Dempsey Hearing

July 16, 2013

Senate Armed Services Committee members will likely use Thursday’s hearing with Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to flesh out more detail on the fiscal sacrifices the military will make if budget caps remain in place into fiscal 2014.

Shrinking Warhead Stocks Mean Uncertain Future for Nuclear Triad

June 25, 2013

The Pentagon has vowed to preserve the famed nuclear triad despite President Barack Obama’s goal to cut strategic nuclear weapons by as much as a third, avoiding — at least for now — a heated political debate over the future of the nation’s land-, sea- and air-based delivery systems.

Retirement in Sight for United States' Heavy Hitters

June 25, 2013

In a twist of bad timing, the nation’s venerable triad of nuclear-capable bombers, ballistic missile submarines and intercontinental ballistic missiles all have retirement in sight, just as the Pentagon’s budget takes a sharp downward turn.

Democratic Team Spotlight: The Democrats' 'Adam Bomb'

June 10, 2013

Rep. Adam Smith said his baseball career ended as a kid because he was too hard on himself — a condition the Washington Democrat chalked up to the mental issues of a child who simply took the game too seriously.

Levin Defends Military Chain of Command Amid Sexual-Assault Concerns

June 4, 2013

Pressure is building on Capitol Hill to make sweeping policy changes to deal head-on with the military’s epidemic of sexual assaults, but Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin may prove to be a moderating force as his panel considers a range of proposals aimed at reversing the trend on these crimes.

Addressing Military's Sexual-Assault Issues Through Legislation

May 21, 2013

At last count, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he had reviewed 10 separate bills addressing the problem of sexual assault in the military’s ranks. Here is a rundown of some of the legislation lawmakers are pushing on Capitol Hill:

Military Sexual Assault Tackled by Flurry of Legislation

May 21, 2013

Lawmakers last year gave the military the benefit of the doubt that its leaders were working hard to stop the epidemic of sexual assault within their ranks, opting for a package of modest changes over far more controversial proposals that had drawn staunch opposition from the Pentagon.

Pressure Building to Address Military Sexual Assault in Defense Bill

May 9, 2013

Lawmakers from both parties on Thursday expressed optimism that they could work with the White House on a number of legislative proposals aimed at getting the military’s growing epidemic of sexual assault under control.

Levin Questions Missile Test Delay Amid Tension With North Korea

April 9, 2013

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., on Tuesday questioned the Pentagon’s decision to postpone an upcoming intercontinental ballistic missile test amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, where Pyongyang warned that war is likely and urged foreigners in South Korea to evacuate.

Military Contingency Planning Under Way for Syria Intervention

March 19, 2013

The top U.S. military commander in Europe said Tuesday that NATO forces are preparing contingency plans for operations in Syria if called upon to do so by the United Nations.

Assault Verdict Reversal Splits Pentagon Brass and Civilians

March 13, 2013

A military commander’s authority to overturn the decision of a court martial dates back to the Continental Army. But the Pentagon’s top lawyer on Wednesday acknowledged that there is “something that seems odd” about such arbitrary power in the wake of an Air Force general’s decision to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict against a pilot accused of sexual assault.

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