Daily on Defense: US downs 80 drones and six missiles in Iran attack, Israel weighs response, Ukraine aid passage remains uncertain, Kyiv lacks Israel’s advantages

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US PLAYED MAJOR ROLE: In the unprecedented direct attack, Iran launched approximately 170 drones, 30 cruise missiles, and 120 ballistic missiles targeting Israel over the weekend, and nearly all were destroyed before they could cause any damage.

Of the slow-flying drones, 80 were picked off by F-15E Strike Eagles from two squadrons that had been prepositioned in the region, according to the U.S. Central Command, which included drones and missiles destroyed in Yemen in its count.

"CENTCOM forces, supported by U.S. European Command destroyers, successfully engaged and destroyed more than 80 one-way attack uncrewed aerial vehicles and at least six ballistic missiles intended to strike Israel from Iran and Yemen," CENTCOM said in a release

In a call with reporters Sunday, a senior military official identified the U.S. warships involved in the missile shootdowns as the USS Carney and the USS Arleigh Burke in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and said a U.S. Patriot missile battery in Iraq downed one missile as it passed over that country. A senior administration official on the call said the defense mounted by Israel, backed by a military coalition that included the U.S., United Kingdom, France, and Jordan, inflicted a "spectacular defeat" on Iran.

"Several hundred drones and missiles launched in the course of several hours, and almost every single one of them knocked out of the sky and they didn’t make it into Israel," National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Fox News on Sunday. "That’s a terrific testament to the superiority of the Israeli military but also to our own military superiority and the effort, the risk, the resources that President Biden committed to helping defend Israel."

ISRAEL, WITH FOREIGN HELP, INTERCEPTED MOST IRANIAN MISSILES AND DRONES

BIDEN URGES RESTRAINT: Fearing an escalatory tit for tat that could spiral into a wider war, President Joe Biden in his call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Israel to take the total defeat of Iran's massive attack as a win and temper its response. "I told him that Israel demonstrated a remarkable capacity to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks — sending a clear message to its foes that they cannot effectively threaten the security of Israel," Biden said in a statement. Administration officials said the U.S. will continue to defend Israel but will not join Israel in any retaliatory attacks.

That provoked howls of protests from Republicans on Capitol Hill who accused Biden of projecting weakness at a time when Iran needed to be sent a strong message of strength. "President Biden is wrong telling Israel they should not respond," Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) said on Fox News. "Imagine America getting 300 drones and missiles shot at our homeland and having a country telling us not to respond."

"They’re not asking for that. They’re not asking for it. But I think we go from that to the other extreme, which is Joe Biden telling Netanyahu, take the win, don’t do anything, and then his people leaking it to the media, leaking it to the press," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said on CNN. "There’s only one reason they leaked that, and that is that so, when Israel does respond, the White House can say, we told them not to do it, and at least somehow, in some way appease the so-called peace activists."

"People that are out there cheering military attacks of this scale and scope are not peace activists. These are antisemites, anti-Israel, pro-terrorist elements out there, and we need to stop calling them peace activists," Rubio said.

BIDEN PUSHES 'COMMITMENT TO ISRAEL'S SECURITY' AMID IRANIAN ATTACK

THE TRUMP PRECEDENT: Several critics of the former president noted that under his administration, Donald Trump declined to respond when Iran in January 2020 fired a volley of missiles at a base housing U.S. troops in Iraq, retaliation for Trump's drone strike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

At rallies and in recent interviews, Trump has made the dubious claim that Iran notified him the missiles were for show and not intended to hit the base. "They let us know, don’t move. We’re going to have to hit you back. Psychologically, we have to do that," Trump said on Fox News on Feb. 4. "Now, they had to do it because they have people and they have to show strength. So they aimed the missiles, but they said, please don’t attack us. We’re not going to hit you. That was respect. We had respect."

Former Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a sharp critic of Trump who is now a paid contributor on CNN, remembers it differently. "One hundred soldiers were injured with traumatic brain injuries. Remember Donald Trump said, 'Oh, they're just some headaches?' Yeah, not to those people. How did we respond to that missile barrage against our base? We did nothing," Kinzinger said in a video post on X.

"Remember when they shot down a $100 million-something drone, which by the way is not like a little drone — it's about the size of an airliner. And we responded by — oh that's right, Trump did nothing," Kinzinger said. "I have my disagreements with this administration, but let's quit pretending Donald Trump was anything but the worst foreign policy president of my generation."

At a rally Saturday night in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, Trump, as is his habit, insisted nothing bad would have happened if he was still in the White House. "The weakness that we have shown, it’s unbelievable. And it would not have happened if we were in office," he told the crowd.

"I just think Trump is delusional on this point," Trump's former national security adviser and frequent critic John Bolton said on CNN. "He doesn’t have any idea what to do in the Middle East in this situation. Remember when he threatened fire and fury against North Korea? Within a year, he had fallen in love with Kim Jong Un. So he’s not qualified to be president."

TRUMP SLAMS BIDEN AND DEMOCRATS AMID IRANIAN DRONE ATTACK ON ISRAEL

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HAPPENING TODAY: An Iraqi delegation is in Washington for meetings at the White House, State Department, and the Pentagon. Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al Sudani and Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Ali Tamim will meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department this morning for a session of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee.

At noon, the prime minister meets with President Joe Biden at the White House, and then it's a quick trip across the Potomac for consultation with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon.

The meetings come as public sentiment in Iraq is increasingly opposed to U.S. troops remaining in the country, which number about 5,000.

UKRAINE AID REMAINS IN LIMBO: With Ukraine losing ground to Russian advances because of its desperate shortage of ammunition and Israel facing the threat of attack from Iran, House Republicans have planned to make the first order of business today "appliance week," with consideration of bills including the Hands Off Our Home Appliances Act, Liberty in Laundry Act, Clothes Dryer Reliability Act, Refrigerator Freedom Act, Affordable Air Conditioning Act, and Stop Unaffordable Dishwasher Standards Act.

But the weekend attack on Israel prompted a change in plans. "In light of Iran’s unjustified attack on Israel, the House will move from its previously announced legislative schedule next week to instead consider legislation that supports our ally Israel and holds Iran and its terrorist proxies accountable,” House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) in a statement on Saturday. “The House of Representatives stands strongly with Israel, and there must be consequences for this unprovoked attack."

No mention was made of aid to Ukraine, which Democrats insist must be part of any bipartisan supplemental bill. "We obviously have to work together to get this done," Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) said on CNN. "I’m calling on Speaker Johnson to bring a bill to the floor this week. I’m calling on Chuck Schumer and the White House to work with House Republicans. We are in a divided government. We have to work together. There has to be compromise."

"I think that the speaker has been very clear. He supports Ukraine funding. He supports funding for Israel. He supports the Asia package that’s part of the national security supplemental. And he has made it clear that he sees that the path is for that to come to the House floor this week," Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) said on NBC. "I think it will have overwhelming support, both the Ukraine, Israel, and Asia packages, not just because of what’s happened with Iran escalating the conflict in the Middle East but because these are allies that need and deserve our support."

"And the fastest way to be able to support our partners in Ukraine and our ally in Israel is to move forward with what the Senate passed in a bipartisan way. That bipartisan bill gets the funding to Ukraine, it gets the funding to Israel, it also helps us on the Indo-Pacific and the border," National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Fox News. "If that bipartisan legislation gets to the floor in the House, it will pass. There’s enough votes for it."

"House Republicans and the Republican Party understand the necessity of standing with Israel," House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said on Fox News, suggesting aid for Ukraine could be included. "We're going to try again this week, and the details of that package are being put together. Right now, we're looking at the options and all these supplemental issues."

HOUSE REPUBLICANS SET SIGHTS ON UKRAINE AND ISRAEL AID FOLLOWING IRAN MISSILE ATTACK

UKRAINE WATCHES AS US COALITION DEFENDS ISRAEL: Ukraine has to feel a little envy as it witnessed how effective a U.S.-led coalition could be in ensuring that Israel was able to neutralize the exact kind of drone and missile attack that Russia is routinely using to destroy critical infrastructure and kill hundreds of civilians.

"The [Iranian] strike package was modeled on those the Russians have used repeatedly against Ukraine to great effect. The attack caused more limited damage than intended, likely because the Iranians underestimated the tremendous advantages Israel has in defending against such strikes compared with Ukraine," the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said in an assessment released last night. "Ukrainian air defenses have averaged interception rates of only about 46% of Russian ballistic missiles during recent large strikes. The Iranians likely expected that Israeli rates would be higher than the Ukrainian rates but not above 90% against such a large ballistic missile salvo — the Russians, after all, have never fired close to that many large ballistic missiles in a single strike against Ukraine."

"Israel's air defense system has a number of obvious advantages over Ukrainian air defense," the ISW noted, citing Israel's "much larger and robust anti-missile and air defense systems and stocks of interceptors" and the "1,000 kilometers separating its borders from Iran's."

"Israel and its allies used that distance to intercept all of the incoming drones and cruise missiles with ground-based air defense and combat aircraft," the assessment said. "Ukraine lacks both of these advantages. … Ukraine has, in particular, been unable to use combat aircraft to shoot down Russian drones and cruise missiles at scale."

Ukraine is still awaiting the arrival of U.S.-made F-16s, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently said would be employed in a counter-drone role. "It has long been known that both drones and cruise missiles can be shot down by combat aircraft."

US OFFICIALS DO 'NOT ENVISION' PARTICIPATION IN ISRAEL'S COUNTERATTACK AND STRESS DEESCALATION

THE RUNDOWN: 

Washington Examiner: Biden condemns Iran attack on Israel, will convene G7 leaders

Washington Examiner: Israel demands emergency meeting of UN Security Council following Iranian attack

Washington Examiner: Trump slams Biden and Democrats amid Iranian drone attack on Israel

Washington Examiner: US military shoots down Iranian drones targeting Israel

Washington Examiner: Biden pushes 'commitment to Israel's security' amid Iranian attack

Washington Examiner: US officials do 'not envision' participation in Israel's counterattack and stress deescalation

Washington Examiner: Israel, with foreign help, intercepted most Iranian missiles and drones

Washington Examiner: US lawmakers will move forward with legislation backing Israel following Iranian attack

Washington Examiner: House Republicans set sights on Ukraine and Israel aid following Iran missile attack

Washington Examiner: US military response to Iran missile attacks not needed 'at this point': Mike Turner

Washington Examiner: John Kirby insists Biden has 'been tough on Iran'

AP: World leaders urge Israel not to retaliate for the Iranian drone and missile attack 

Reuters: G7 Leaders Condemn Iran, Warn of Risk of Escalation

AP: Iran's attack on Israel raises fears of a wider war, but all sides have also scored gains

CNN: Iranian Navy Seizes Israel-Linked Container Ship Amid Escalating Tensions In Middle East

Air & Space Forces Magazine: USAF Fighters Shoot Down Iranian Drones in Defense of Israel

Washington Post: Russian Troops Advance In Ukraine As Kyiv Runs Low On Air Defenses

Military.com: Ukraine’s Military Chief Warns of ‘Significantly’ Worsening Battlefield Situation in the East

Bloomberg: U.S. Warns That China Is Providing Russia With Drone, Missile Components

Breaking Defense: 'Matter of Time': AFRICOM Puts Counter-Drone Systems at Top of $500 Million Unfunded Priorities List

Reuters: In U.S. Meeting, Philippines Says It Will Assert South China Sea Rights

Stars and Stripes: Soldiers Recall Split-Second Patriot Defense of US Positions Attacked by Militants in Iraq

Inside Defense: MDA to Pick Winner This Month in Lockheed and Northrop NGI Competition

Air & Space Forces Magazine: National Guard Chief Makes Case for Space Guard: 'Would Work Exactly Like It is Right Now'

Air & Space Forces Magazine: Will Unmanned Collaborative Combat Aircraft Mean Airmen Need New AFSCs?

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DefenseScoop: Air Force Sees Opportunities for AI to Improve Wargaming

THE CALENDAR: 

MONDAY | APRIL 15 

10 a.m. 2720 34th St. NW — Atlantic Council conference: “Looking North: Security in the Arctic,” with Pentagon Arctic and Oceans Policy Director Esther McClure; Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S. Anniken Ramberg Krutnes; Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram; Sherri Goodman, senior fellow at the Wilson Center Polar Institute; former Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Ine Eriksen Soreide https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/event/looking-north-conference

11:30 a.m. 300 E St. SW — NASA ceremony to sign the Artemis Accords, establishing a set of principles to guide space exploration cooperation among nations, with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Swiss Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, minister for economic affairs, education, and research. RSVP: [email protected]

2:30 p.m. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — Hudson Institute discussion: “The Struggle for Freedom in Belarus,” with Andrei Sannikov, Belarus opposition leader https://www.hudson.org/events/struggle-freedom-belarus

2:30 p.m. River Entrance — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al Sudani to the Pentagon

5 p.m. 1521 16th St. NW — Institute of World Politics discussion: “Reflections from Moscow and Ukraine: Lessons for Taiwan,” with retired Rear Adm. Philip Yu, former defense attache to Russia. RSVP: [email protected]

TUESDAY | APRIL 16 

8 a.m. HVC-210, U.S. Capitol — House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party hearing: “The CCP’s Role in the Fentanyl Crisis." https://selectcommitteeontheccp.house.gov/

8:15 a.m. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — National Defense Industrial Association 2024 Missile Defense Conference: “Missile Defense in an Era of Strategic Competition,” with Missile Defense Agency Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Heath Collins; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy John Plumb; Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins; Defense Undersecretary for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu; Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO); Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. https://www.ndia.org/events

9 a.m. — Henry L. Stimson Center virtual discussion: On “Digital Surveillance in North Korea,” with Martyn Williams, senior fellow at 38 North; Natalia Slavney, research analyst at 38 North; and Jenny Town, director of 38 North https://www.stimson.org/event/digital-surveillance-in-north-korea/

9:30 a.m. — Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: “The Posture of the Department of the Air Force in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2025 and the Future Years Defense Program,” with testimony from Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall; Gen. David Allvin, Air Force chief of staff; and Space Force Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, chief of space operations http://www.armed-services.senate.gov

10 a.m. — Wilson Center Global Europe Program and the Royal United Services Institute virtual discussion on a new report, “Mass Precision Strike: Designing UAV Complexes for Land Forces,” with author Jack Watling, senior research fellow for land warfare at the Royal United Services Institute https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event

10 a.m. 310 Cannon — House Homeland Security Committee hearing: “A Review of the FY2025 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security,” with testimony from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas http://homeland.house.gov

10 a.m. 2154 Rayburn — House Oversight and Accountability National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing: “How the Border Crisis Impacts Public Safety,” with testimony from former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, senior fellow for immigration and homeland security at the Center for Renewing America; Bill Waybourn, sheriff of Tarrant County, Texas; and Mike Chapman, sheriff of Loudoun County, Virginia. http://oversight.house.gov

10 a.m. 2362-B Rayburn — House Appropriations Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing: “FY2025 Request for the Department of Veterans Affairs,” with testimony from Veteran Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough http://appropriations.house.gov

11 a.m. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — Hudson Institute discussion: “The Battle for the Black Sea Is Not Over,” with Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-TX); Cristian Gaginsky, deputy chief of mission at the Romanian Embassy to the United States; George Scutaru, CEO of the Bucharest New Strategy Center; Antonia Colibasanu, senior fellow at the Bucharest New Strategy Center; Matthew Boyse, senior fellow at the Hudson Center on Europe and Eurasia; and Luke Coffey, Hudson senior fellow https://www.hudson.org/events/battle-black-sea-not-over

11:30 a.m. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — Hudson Institute discussion: “Transatlantic Relations, the War in Ukraine, and the U.S.-Czech Alliance,” with Czech Republic Prime Minister Petr Fiala https://www.hudson.org/events/prime-minister-petr-fiala

1 p.m. 2247 Rayburn — Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe hearing: “The Republic of Malta: Leading the OSCE Through Turbulent Times,” with Maltese Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman Ian Borg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TddF3ycKl1A

3 p.m. — House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee hearing: “FY2025 Budget Request for Department of Defense Energy, Installations, and Environment Programs,” with testimony from Assistant Navy Secretary for Energy, Installations, and Environment Meredith Berger; Assistant Air Force Secretary for Energy, Installations, and Environment Ravi Chaudhary; Assistant Army Secretary for Energy, Installations, and Environment Rachel Jacobson; and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment Brendan Owens http://www.armedservices.house.gov

3:30 p.m. 2118 Rayburn — House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee hearing: "FY2025 Budget Request of the Department of Defense for Fixed-Wing Tactical and Training Aircraft Programs http://www.armedservices.house.gov

4 p.m. — Congressional Ukraine Caucus and Razom for Ukraine news conference with mothers of American veterans who have fallen fighting in Ukraine to make the case for providing additional aid, with Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL); Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA); Rep. Wiley Nickel (D-NC); Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA); Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX); Daniel Balson, director of public engagement for Razom for Ukraine; Karla Webber, mother of Andrew Irvin Webber; and Terrie Lawrence, mother of Lance Allen Lawrence. RSVP: [email protected]

5 p.m. 1521 16th St. — Institute of World Politics lecture: “Ukraine’s Most Important Battle: Fighting for American Hearts and Minds,” with Glenn Corn, IWP professor https://www.iwp.edu/ukraines-most-important-battle

7 p.m. — Vandenberg Coalition discussion: “The Future of Conservative Foreign Policy,” with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) https://form.jotform.com/240806975637165

WEDNESDAY | APRIL 17

8 a.m. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — National Defense Industrial Association 2024 Missile Defense Conference, with Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA); Army Maj. Gen. Gregory Brady, chief of staff at U.S. Strategic Command; Air Force Gen. Stephen Whiting, commander of U.S. Space Command; and Air Force Lt. Gen. Heath Collins, director of the Missile Defense Agency https://www.ndia.org/events

8 a.m. 5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Virginia — Potomac Officers Club CIO Summit, with Doug Cossa, deputy chief information officer of the Defense Intelligence Agency https://potomacofficersclub.com/events/poc-5th-annual-cio-summit/

8:50 a.m. 1615 H St. NW — U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S.-Ukraine Partnership Forum, with State Department Special Representative for Ukraine’s Economic Recovery Penny Pritzker; Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal; and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo https://events.uschamber.com/2024usukrainepartnershipforum/5314966?ref=uschamber-site-calendar

9:30 a.m. G-50 Dirksen — Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: "Energy Department and National Nuclear Security Administration atomic energy defense activities in review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2025 and the Future Years Defense Program" http://www.armed-services.senate.gov

10 a.m. 2359 Rayburn — House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing: “FY2025 Request for the Department of Defense,” with testimony from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin; Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.; and Michael McCord, Defense undersecretary/comptroller and CFO http://appropriations.house.gov

10 a.m. 192 Dirksen — Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing: "The budget estimates and justification for FY2025 for the Navy and Marine Corps,” with testimony from Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro; Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti; and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Eric Smith http://appropriations.senate.gov

10 a.m. 2154 Rayburn — House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing: “Defending America from the Chinese Communist Party’s Political Warfare, Part I,” with testimony from retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding, CEO of SEMPRE and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute; retired Marine Corps Col. Grant Newsham; and Peter Mattis, president of the Jamestown Foundation http://oversight.house.gov

10 a.m. 419 Dirksen — Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing: “Modernizing U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific,” with testimony from retired Adm. Harry Harris, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and former commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Walter Russell Mead, professor of foreign affairs and humanities at Bard College and columnist at the Wall Street Journal http://foreign.senate.gov

2 p.m. 2172 Rayburn — House Foreign Affairs Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia Subcommittee hearing: “The Despotic Duo: Russo-Iranian Cooperation and Threats to U.S. Interests,” with testimony from Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Gabriel Noronha, fellow, Jewish Institute for National Security of America; and Dana Stroul, research director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy http://foreignaffairs.house.gov

2 p.m. 2362-A Rayburn — House Appropriations Committee Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing: “FY2025 Request for Air Force and Space Force Military Construction and Family Housing,” with testimony from Ravi Chaudhary, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, energy, and environment; Brig. Gen. Brian Hartless, Air Force director of civil engineers, deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering, and force protection; and Bruce Hollywood, associate chief operations officer of the U.S. Space Force http://appropriations.house.gov

3 p.m. 2118 Rayburn — House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee hearing: “Department of the Navy FY2025 Budget Request for Seapower and Projection Forces,” with testimony from Nickolas Guertin, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition; Lt. Gen. Karsten Heckl, deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for combat development and integration; and Vice Adm. James Pitts, deputy chief of naval operations for warfighting requirements and capabilities http://www.armedservices.house.gov

3 p.m. G-50 Dirksen — Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee hearing: "Defense Department efforts to ensure servicemembers’ access to safe, high-quality pharmaceuticals,” with testimony from Lester Martinez-Lopez, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs; David Smith, deputy assistant secretary of defense for health readiness policy and oversight; Army Brig. Gen. Edward Bailey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick, Maryland; Matthew Beebe, director of acquisition (J7) in the Defense Logistics Agency; Melissa Barber, postdoctoral fellow in the Yale Law School and Yale School of Medicine and affiliate at the Yale Collaboration for Regulatory Rigor, Integrity, and Transparency; Bryce Mendez, specialist in defense healthcare policy at the Congressional Research Service; and retired Army Col. Victor Suarez, founder and principal growth partner at Blu Zone Bioscience and Supply Chain Solutions http://www.armed-services.senate.gov

4 p.m. 232-A Russell — Senate Armed Services Airland Subcommittee hearing: "Army modernization in review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2025 and the Future Years Defense Program,” with testimony from Douglas Bush, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology; Gen. James Rainey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Futures Command; and Army Lt. Gen. Karl Gingrich, deputy chief of staff http://www.armed-services.senate.gov

4 p.m. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — Wilson Center Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies book discussion: New Cold Wars: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend the West, with author David Sanger, New York Times national security and White House correspondent https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/new-cold-wars

4:45 p.m. 222 Russell — Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing: "Atomic energy defense activities and Defense Department nuclear weapons programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2025 and the Future Years Defense Program" http://www.armed-services.senate.gov

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