Archive: Congressional/Budget

Congress Reaches Accord on 2019 DOD Budget, But Keeps a Lid on the Details

House and Senate appropriators reached an agreement to fund the Department of Defense in 2019 through a multi-agency spending bill, while freezing spending for some other federal programs through Dec. 7, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said Thursday. “We have reached resolution on all items and completed our work on these bills,” Rep. […]

Air Force Prepares for Open Skies Tanker Recap While Congress Mulls Funding

DAYTON, Ohio — The Air Force is readying its acquisition strategy to replace its two aging OC-135B observation aircraft in the next fiscal year, the deputy program executive officer for the tanker directorate said Wednesday. But the service’s recap plans could be in jeopardy as Congress works toward passing its fiscal year 2019 (FY19) appropriations […]

Proposed Civilian Nuke Budget Cements Funding for Low-Yield Warhead and Infrastructure Repairs

Congress’ final 2019 budget bill for the National Nuclear Security Administration, unveiled in detail Tuesday, would increase funding for maintenance and cleanup to buildings across the nuclear weapons complex, decrease funding for a controversial plutonium-disposal project and provide funding for the first time to make a low-yield, submarine-launched, ballistic-missile warhead. The House and Senate are […]

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work speaks during a panel discussion on the White House's proposed Space Force Sept. 10. Photo: CSIS

Former DoD Official Warns of Cost Issues for Proposed Space Force

The former number-two civilian at the Department of Defense (DOD) said on Monday he is wary of how the Pentagon could divvy up funds for President Trump’s proposed Space Force. Robert Work, who served as deputy secretary of defense from 2014 to 2017, warned that the prospect of developing a full new branch dedicated to […]

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) before the Senate calls for a withdrawal of U.S. participation in the military campaign in Yemen. Photo: C-SPAN

Lawmakers Increasingly Question U.S. Weapons Sales to Saudis in Yemen

Democratic members of Congress have vowed to oppose future arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid its ongoing conflict in Yemen, and have criticized U.S. military assistance even as Pentagon officials continue to express support. Despite previous attempts to limit weapon sales, the backlash heard since a coalition-directed airstrike hit a Yemeni school bus in early […]

Sen. John McCain during a 2016 Senate Armed Services Committee.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

McCain, Tough on Defense Acquisition, Will Be Hard to Replace

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died Aug. 25, fought for acquisition reform within the U.S. military with a precision and drive that few senators before him did and few may be able to follow. A Navy combat veteran and prisoner of war, McCain was 81 years old when he passed after a lengthy battle with […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Hurdles Remain for FY ’19 Defense Spending Bill

Congress has passed two versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill at a faster rate than it has in over a decade, but the road to negotiating a full conference bill before the end of 2018 is not yet clear, analysts said. The Senate on Thursday voted 85-7 to approve the FY’19 Department […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Senate Easily Passes FY ’19 Defense Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a major appropriations bill by a vote of 85-7 that includes defense as well as health and human services, education and labor before the end of August for the first time in two decades. Senators moved Thursday to put H.R. 6157, the fiscal year 2019 appropriations “minibus” bill, to a vote, […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

Coast Guard Cancels Tech Demo Of Long-Range UAS

The Coast Guard on Tuesday said it is canceling plans for to conduct a land-based technology demonstration of long-range unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) because the funding for the project has been rescinded. Congress previously appropriated $17.5 million in fiscal year 2017 research and development funds for the Coast Guard to demonstrate the Long-Range/Ultra Long-Endurance (LR/ULE) […]

Army Lt. Gen. John Murray was promoted Aug. 20 to the rank of general and confirmed by the Senate to become the new Army Futures Command commander. Photo: Army

Senate Approves New Army, Air Force Commanders

The Senate confirmed several military promotions Monday evening that will impact Army and Air Force commands. Army Lt. Gen. John M. Murray, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff for programs, G-8, was confirmed to assume the rank of general and become the first commander of the Army Futures Command, which is slated to […]