Chaired a Hearing to Evaluate Navy Surface Force Readiness. Congressman Forbes Chaired a Hearing on Ensuring Navy Surface Force Effectiveness with Limited Maintenance Resources. Members of the U.S. Navy testified in front of the Subcommittees on Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces on the readiness of Naval Surface Forces. Defense budget challenges continue to pose an immediate threat to surface ship readiness and affect the greater readiness of the U.S. Navy as a whole. The Congressman has continued to fight against sequestration to prevent current budget limitations from being an even greater detriment to national security.
Questioned Witnesses on DoD’s Strategic Choices and Management Review. Congressman Forbes participated in a House Armed Services Committee Hearing on the Initial Conclusions Formed by the Defense Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR). The Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter and the Vice Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr. testified in front of the Committee on the long-term devastating effects of sequestration. The Congressman voted against and has continued to fight against sequestration, knowing its devastating effects on military readiness and modernization will lead to the demise of America's great-power status. The SCMR process was called for by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in order to prepare the Department of Defense for the various budgetary scenarios the department may face as a result of sequestration.
Supported funding for national security. Congressman Forbes supported the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014, , which provides funding for programs that are vital to the national security of our nation. This bill passed by a vote of 315-109.
Voted to prohibit use of federal funds for targeting U.S. Citizens personal communications. Congressman Forbes supported an , which prohibits any funds from being used to acquire or store content of an American’s communications. This amendment passed by a vote of 409-12.
Met with the Director of Undersea Warfare. Congressman Forbes met with Rear Admiral Richard P. Breckenridge, Director of Undersea Warfare and Strategic Programs. Anti-submarine and mine warfare, two components of undersea warfare, are vital to the United States’ ability to penetrate anti-access/area-denial areas of operation. The Congressman is a strong supporter of the Virginia-class program and the planned Ohio-class Replacement Program.
Questioned Witnesses on the Administration’s 'Rebalance' to the Asia-Pacific. Congressman Forbes participated in the Full House Armed Services Committee Hearing on Rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific Region and Implications for U.S. National Security. Four experts in the field from various organizations testified in front of the committee on the importance of the Asia-Pacific region. The Congressman has been a strong advocate for American engagement in the region and upholding our commitments to our allies and partners.
Chaired Hearing on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program. Congressman Forbes chaired a hearing on the Littoral Combat Ship Hearing in front of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. Three experts from the Department of Defense and U.S. Government Accountability Office testified in front of the Subcommittee on the development and acquisition of the LCS as well as continuing problems with the program. The Congressman questioned the witnesses on the concurrency between LCS seaframes and modules and the formulation of a realistic concept of operations. The LCS has a critical role to play in the Navy’s future and it is incumbent upon the Seapower Subcommittee to ensure the success of this program.