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  • Real Clear Defense: Congress Must Address Eroding Readiness in FY14 NDAA
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on April 30, 2013 | Preview rr

    The chorus of resistance may have quieted, but the deafening effect of compounding budget cuts on our military blares through the halls of the homes of men and women in uniform, the buildings of our military bases, the rings of the Pentagon and our nation’s Department of Defense (DoD). At the same time, the threats we face around the world are not diminishing. In just the last two years, we have seen conflicts arisein North Korea, Iran, Syria, across North Africa, and future challenges are sure ... Read more

  • Navy Times: Carriers critical to facing current, future threats
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on April 22, 2013 | Preview rr

    A new paper by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) proposes a dangerous turn for the security of our nation; opining that aircraft carriers risk becoming "irrelevant to... Read more

  • Virginian-Pilot: A Threat to National Security
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on February 24, 2013 | Preview rr

    By Scott Rigell, Randy Forbes and Rob Wittman The Virginian-Pilot February 24, 2013 In a House Armed Services Committee hearing, a picture of Naval Station Norfolk was circulated, showing five U.S. aircraft carriers and four large deck amphibious assault ships moored to the pier. Various other logistic support ships and surface combatants idled in port. While these carriers and warships are all in Norfolk for various reasons, what this picture reveals could be the future of the U.S. military if ... Read more

  • Richmond Times-Dispatch: A clean Chesapeake Bay; and jobs
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on August 9, 2012 | Preview rr

    The cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay has been lauded recently, as Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last month that Virginia was "exceeding its commitments" under the Chesapeake Bay Program and was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as achieving the greatest reduction of nitrogen pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This earned Virginia the distinction by the EPA of the "Biggest Loser." With a strong commitment to cleanup from Bay stakeholders in recent years, the progress continue... Read more

  • Looming Defense Cuts: Must continue to fight for the survival of a strong defense
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on April 25, 2012 | Preview rr

    From Yorktown to Fredericksburg and A.P. Hill to Quantico, the spirits of patriotism and selflessness are powerful in Virginia’s First District; it is truly a place where folks understand the sacrifices that are an unforgettable part of the history of our nation. It is also a region where we remember those who have served selflessly in the past and honor those who are currently defending our freedoms, not just on Memorial Day or Veterans Day, but every day. At the same time, Virginia’s First Dis... Read more

  • Roll Call: More Aircraft Carriers Are Key to American Influence
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on December 11, 2011 | Preview rr

    “Catastrophic.” That’s just one of the words used to describe the effects of the additional $600 billion in cuts set to strike our nation’s military, resulting from the abject failure of the 12-member super committee charged with shaping cuts in the federal budget as directed by the Budget Control Act. The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is becoming but a memory of another failed initiative in Washington. The effects of its failure, however, are enormous and won’t soon be forgotten. The lac... Read more

  • Daily Press: Deal is just one small step
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on April 10, 2011 | Preview rr

    In my three short years traveling back and forth from Montross to Washington, D.C., in my 2005 tan Toyota Corolla, I have learned that change is a tough goal inside the Beltway. Keeping the status quo or kicking the can down the road is the easy way out but is unacceptable. With almost 280,000 miles on my odometer, sometimes I think the only thing going up at a faster pace is our nation's debt. Like so many Virginians I have talked with, I am deeply frustrated with the habits in Washington. Hold... Read more

  • Virginian-Pilot: Offshore drilling's positive impact
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on April 9, 2011 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rob Wittman and Congressman Scott Rigell April 9, 2011 In response to “Logic, not hype, on offshore drilling,” (April 4, 2011): The simple truth is Virginia can and will benefit from policies promoting job creation and American energy production. As a scientist and a small business owner, we bring distinct environmental and economic perspectives on this issue. We also acknowledge that this is only one component of a comprehensive energy plan that includes renewable, sustainable sourc... Read more

  • Telecommute to the future
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on March 1, 2011 | Preview rr

    Just a few short weeks ago, Washington, DC was brought to a standstill by an ill-timed, quick-hitting snowstorm that blanketed the region in just a few inches of snow but revealed a mountain of issues in its aftermath. Thousands of commuters in the Washington Metropolitan Area were stranded by a weather event mimicking an emergency evacuation of the Capital city. I myself had a seven hour commute that night to my home in Montross, VA (normally an hour and a half drive), and I had plenty of time ... Read more

  • On Defense: Strategic Decisions Best for Nation's Security
    Posted in Opinion Pieces by Rob on March 1, 2011 | Preview rr

    The announcement of an “Efficiency Initiative” by Defense Secretary Robert Gates last August still resonates in the Commonwealth as we continue to monitor the prospective changes that will be implemented as a result of the Secretary’s proposal. Initial reports suggest significant effects upon military installations, programs, and private contractors within the Commonwealth. With a large military and contractor presence, Virginia must be assured that these decisions are in the best interest of th... Read more

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