Archive: Congressional/Budget

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Senate Panel Trims F-35 Buy Due To Sustainment Concerns

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has approved a fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill that would trim purchases of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and Air Force KC-46A tankers, citing problems with both programs. According to an 11-page summary released late May 24, the bill would procure 75 Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35s, cutting the Trump administration’s request by […]

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House Approves Coast Guard Authorization As Part Of Defense Bill

Legislation to authorize the Coast Guard that passed the House last year as part a larger bill to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security was approved by the chamber again on Thursday with passage of the House’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of […]

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Photo: Air Force.

OMB Blasts House Proposal To Replace Air Force’s JSTARS Planes With New Aircraft

The Trump administration “objects” to a provision in the House version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill that would require the Air Force to replace its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance planes with new aircraft, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In a May 22 statement of administration policy […]

The Air Force test launches a Minuteman III ICBM in September 2010. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force May Seek Funding Shift For New ICBM

The U.S. Air Force may ask Congress to move around previously approved funds for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) because the program is running ahead of schedule, according to service officials. GBSD “is on schedule. In fact, it’s actually a little ahead of schedule and we may be coming to you with a reprogramming […]

House Panel’s 2019 NNSA Budget Cans Interoperable Warhead, Jump-Starts LANL Pits

A draft 2019 budget bill up for a vote in the House today would steer the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) away from creating a nuclear warhead that could fly on both Navy and Air Force missiles, and jump-start construction of a new warhead-core factory at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. That […]

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House Prepares For Floor Debate On Defense Authorization Bill

The House Rules Committee has set a May 17 deadline for representatives to submit amendments that they want to propose when the full House debates the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill (H.R. 5515) later this month. The $717 billion bill, which the House Armed Services Committee passed last week (Defense Daily, May 10), is […]

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HASC Passes FY 2019 Defense Authorization Bill After All-Day Debate

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved its fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill by a 60-1 vote early May 10 after more than 14 hours of deliberations on various amendments. The committee voted, 33-28 to approve an amendment by Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) to preserve the Department of Defense’s Test Resource Management Center (TRMC). […]

HASC Chairman’s Mark Adds Little Over Subcommittees

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s draft mark for the FY ’19 defense authorization bill largely fell in line with what the subcommittees approved in their markups last week, but it added a few specific funding details in various programs. Chairman Mac Thorneberry’s (R-Texas) mark agrees with a subcommittee provision mandating the Air […]

A Boeing KC-46A tanker refuels an F-16. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

House Members Urge Defense Panels To Fund More Air Force KC-46A Tankers

Fifty House members have signed a letter urging defense panel leaders to fund the purchase of 18 Boeing [BA] KC-46A tankers in fiscal year 2019, three more than the Air Force requested, to speed up the replacement of old refuelers. “Our nation’s tanker fleet is the cornerstone of any operation that requires aerial assets,” the […]

The USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) arrives in the port of Pascagoula, Miss.on Jan. 19 aboard the heavy lift vessel MV Transself as it heads to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipyard for repairs and upgrades. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

HASC Readiness Mark Pushes Surface Force Changes

The House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness addressed several issues raised by reviews of Navy destroyer collisions in the Pacific last summer in its mark of the FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The mark would require the Secretary of the Navy to limit the forward deployment of Navy vessels to 10 years. However, […]