Author Archives: Valerie Insinna

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Senate NDAA Advances After Stalemate on Amendments

The Senate on Friday ended debate on the 2017 defense authorization bill after the amendment process ground to a halt. Although hundreds of amendments were filed, a series of objections kept all but a few from a vote. A final vote on the bill is expected on Monday. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urged […]

Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Senate Defeats Amendments to Raise NDAA Topline, Leaving Bill at $602B

After Senate Republicans on Thursday shot down a secondary amendment that would authorize an additional $18 billion in nondefense funding, Democrats responded in kind, helping to defeat a measure that would have added $18 billion to the defense authorization bill for services’ unfunded requirements—including more troops and weapons. The failure of both amendments means that […]


In New Strategy, House Republicans Urge Next President to Step Up Homeland Security

House Republicans on Thursday rolled out a national security strategy focused on ramping up cyber and border security efforts as well more aggressively fighting terrorist groups.   Not included in the document, however, is an explanation of how these additional activities will be funded in future fiscal years, with Budget Control Act spending caps due […]


Senate Democrats Jockey to Expand Defense, Nondefense Spending in NDAA

The Senate appears to be divided by party lines on support for a Democratic amendment to the 2017 defense authorization bill that would match a proposed $18 billion boost to the defense with a complimentary one for nondefense. The second degree amendment, offered by Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), would make targeted […]


White House Issues Veto Threat for Senate NDAA

The White House has come out against the Senate’s version of the 2017 defense authorization bill, opposing a number of provisions that would overhaul the acquisition process and rework the Pentagon’s organizational structure. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Tuesday issued its statement of administration policy (SAP) just a day after the Senate […]

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Senate Gears Up for Fight On 2017 Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate on Monday kicked off debate of the 2017 defense authorization bill, beginning an amendment process that could have wide-reaching implications for the defense industry. More than 300 amendments have been filed on topics ranging from military bands to the Pentagon’s prototyping programs. Of most interest to the defense industrial base is Senate Armed Services […]


Experts Weigh In On Congressional Acquisition Reform Proposals

Over the past two years, both the House and Senate have undertaken efforts to make far-reaching changes to the Defense Department’s acquisition process, not all of which have been popular with Pentagon officials. However, a panel of former officials and industry leaders indicated during a June 3 forum that those changes are largely positive, and […]

Rollout of USNS Brunswick (EPF 6). Photo: Austal USA

Senate Defense Committees Knock Heads Over Future of Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship Program

Senate appropriators want the Navy to study whether it should expand its current program of record for the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EFT) ship—formerly known as the Joint High Speed Vessel— past the 12 ships planned.  But future attempts to procure additional vessels could be hamstrung by Senate authorizers, who see further purchases as an example […]

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN-777). Photo: U.S. Navy

Contractors Start Development of Virginia Submarine’s Accoustic Superiority Upgrades

The Navy has begun awarding contracts to companies for new acoustic superiority upgrades that will make Virginia-class attack submarines more stealthy, the service’s program manager said in a May interview with Defense Daily. The USS South Dakota (SSN-790) will be the first submarine to integrate the improvements, which include two large vertical arrays placed on […]

Launching of the Virginia-class attack submarine Minnesota at HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Photo: HII

Newport News to Require Additional Shipyard Investments If Navy Expands Submarine Procurement in 2020s

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] Newport News Shipbuilding is the midst of making improvements to its yard to support work on the Ford-class aircraft carrier and the Virginia-class and Ohio replacement submarines, but if the Navy continues procuring attack submarines at a two-per-year pace, the company will need to make additional investments, executives told Defense Daily […]