Jordain Carney

National Journal Jordain Carney is a defense reporter at National Journal. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Hotline, covering congressional and gubernatorial elections in the South. Jordain graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in English, political science, and journalism.
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McCain, Obama Team Agree: No Realistic Military Option on Ukraine

March 3, 2014 Military options are off the table for the United States as it looks to counter Russia's military occupation of Crimea, Sen. John McCain, said on Monday. "There is not a military option that can be exercised now," the Arizona Republican said, but he stressed that the United States should still...

Top Armed Services Democrat: Don’t Bet on Sequestration Going Away

March 3, 2014 The Obama administration is submitting a five-year budget that largely ignores sequester budget caps, but the House Armed Services Committee ranking member said the lower spending levels are likely here to stay. "I think if you had to bet, you would bet that sequestration is going to stick around," said...

Americans Are Divided Over Military Spending

February 27, 2014 A slim plurality of Americans wants to cut military spending, according to a Gallup Poll released Thursday. Thirty-seven percent said too much is spent on the military, compared with 28 percent who think the Pentagon is getting too little. Thirty-two percent of Americans say current spending levels are on target....

The Pentagon's Push to Close Bases Is 'Dead on Arrival'

February 26, 2014 The Obama administration isn't dropping its 2015 defense budget until next week, but one provision in it already appears doomed: a push to relocate or close military bases. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday outlined the Defense Department's budget request for the coming fiscal year, asking Congress to approve another...

Top Pentagon Official Says the Military 'Cried Wolf' Over Sequestration

February 26, 2014 The Pentagon has overstated the effects of the sequester's spending cuts in previous years, a top Defense official said Tuesday. "We cried wolf about this a lot in '13, as '13 was approaching," said Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, at a defense budget...

Top Pentagon Official: Military 'Cried Wolf' Over Sequestration

February 25, 2014 The Pentagon has overstated the effects of the sequester's spending cuts in previous years, a top military official said Tuesday. "We cried wolf about this a lot in '13, as '13 was approaching," said Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics at a defense budget...

The Winners and Losers in Obama's Defense Spending Request

February 24, 2014 The blade hasn’t fallen yet, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel raised the ax Monday when he offered a sneak peek of the Pentagon’s planned budget for next year. The Pentagon is asking Congress for $496 billion, $45 billion less than it originally expected. Tucked inside that budget trimming are a...

Pentagon to Ask for More Cyber Spending in Next Budget

February 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon's cyber budget will get a boost as part of the department's fiscal 2015 budget request, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday. "We are adjusting our asset base and our new technology," the Pentagon's top official said, adding that the department will increase spending to help improve its cyber...

USAID Withdraws Request for 'Attractive' Images of Work in Afghanistan

February 14, 2014 The U.S. Agency for International Development—which has faced accusations of mismanagement and waste with its funding in Afghanistan—recently canceled a contract for "attractive visual images" about its work in the war-torn country. The request—which the agency posted Monday—has since been taken off USAID's website. The agency had called for "timely,...

Senate to Take Up Veterans' Bill Later This Month

February 14, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will try to push forward on a wide-ranging veterans' bill once Congress returns later this month. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a liberal independent from Vermont, previously said his legislation could be taken up on Feb. 6, but it got waylaid by a pair of proposals that...

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