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Republican Judiciary Committee Priorities for the 116th Congress

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees have broad jurisdiction, with both playing a powerful and critical role in Congress. In the Senate, the committee is responsible for providing oversight over key activities of the executive branch, including the Department of Justice, and is responsible for the confirmation process of judicial and many executive branch nominations. The House Judiciary Committee, often referred to as the lawyer for the House of Representatives, has jurisdiction over matters relating to the administration of justice in Federal courts, administrative bodies, and law enforcement agencies. With the beginning of the 116th Congress, and the changes that the mid-term elections ushered in, now is an opportune time to assess what’s going on and to clearly lay out a conservative agenda for both chambers. We are delighted to have Senator Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Congressman Doug Collins, Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, join us to discuss their priorities for the new Congress.

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Re-Designing the Marine Corps for Future War: Necessity or Madness?

General David H. Berger, Marine Corps Commandant, is aggressively pushing a dramatic redesign of the Corps for future war incorporating new missiles, advanced sensors, unmanned platforms, and hypervelocity weapons. HisForce Design 2030effort has drawn enthusiastic support from those who agree that the Corps must change to remain relevant on a more lethal battlefield. But it has generated an equally fervent amount of criticism from others who think the effort is overly focused on China—rendering the Corps irrelevant across a range of other potentially more likely scenarios. To achieve its vision, the Corps is doing away with tanks, reducing conventional artillery, shrinking units, and placing new demands on the Navy, already struggling to modernize its fleet. But it is adding anti-ship missiles, doubling-down on unmanned systems, and reenergizing a profound discussion about the importance of naval power.Will a redesigned Corps make it irrelevant for land operations against conventional militaries of larger state powers or irregular forces like terrorist groups? Or are General Berger’s designs essential to America’s future ability to conduct nearly any military operation in any theater against a host of potential enemies?Join us for an in-depth conversation about all of this with nationally recognized experts who hold informed opinions on both sides of this issue: Dr. Frank G. Hoffman, Lt. Col. USMCR (Ret.), Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University, and Mark F. Cancian, Colonel, USMCR (Ret.), Senior Advisor, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.