During a hearing in October 2011, the chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee grew misty-eyed when he could not tell one armed service member what his future prospects would be in the military in an era of declining defense budgets. It was a dramatic moment for Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), a longtime member of the defense policy committee who rarely attended its hearings before being selected as its Republican leader in 2009. But by all accounts, the Californian has gone ...


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