Archive: Congressional/Budget

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

SASC NDAA Markup Increases Defense Base Budget By $29 Billion

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 Wednesday night, authorizing $29 billion above the Trump administration’s base budget request. The SASC voted unanimously to markup a $632 billion base defense budget that is also $18 billion more than the House Armed Services […]

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House Appropriators Propose $28.6 Billion ‘Defense Restoration Fund’

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) is proposing to set up a $28.6 billion “national defense restoration fund” in fiscal year 2018 that the Pentagon could tap for equipment upgrades, technology development, readiness improvements and other purposes to implement its upcoming new defense strategy. The strategy, which Congress expects to receive in September, “will inform the investments […]

Rep. Adam Smith

Lawmaker Says Defense Funding Boost In Doubt Due To Budget Cap Deadlock

The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee threw cold water on the panel’s plan to boost defense spending by tens of billions of dollars, saying the increase will not materialize if Congress does not resolve a broader budget debate. While the committee’s fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill contains $631.5 billion in base […]

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House Appropriators Eye Adding Billions To DoD Budget Request

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) announced late June 25 that its fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill would give the Department of Defense $584.2 billion in discretionary funding, $68.1 billion above the FY 2017 enacted level and $18.4 billion above the Trump administration’s request. The bill also would provide $73.9 billion in overseas contingency operations […]

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HASC Probing Plethora Of DoD IT Systems

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is scrutinizing whether the Department of Defense could achieve efficiencies by reducing the number of information technology systems it uses to write contracts and manage procurement, committee aides said June 26. DoD agencies and the military services currently use more than 30 different IT systems for such purposes, committee […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

HASC Chairman Seeking Extra $37 Billion For Defense

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) said late June 22 that he is aiming to add $37 billion to the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget request. But Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), who is still negotiating a figure with fellow lawmakers, indicated he might settle for a lower number if he […]

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House Panel Approves Missile Defense Changes

The leaders of a House of Representative subcommittee made several changes to missile defense authorizations in the markup of their portion of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Thursday today. In their proposals for the NDAA, House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and ranking member Jim Cooper […]

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House Strategic Forces Panel Directs Development Of INF-Range Cruise Missile

The House Armed Services (HASC) strategic forces subcommittee is calling for the Defense Department to develop a ground-launched cruise missile within the range covered by Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, while conditioning further arms control with Russia on resolution of INF violation issues. The subcommittee on Thursday held its first markup of the fiscal 2018 National Defense […]

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Lawmakers Call For Fast-Tracking Army Combat Vehicle Modernization

Lawmakers concerned with the rate at which the Army is able to modernize its combat vehicles and armor formations are calling for a plan to accelerate fielding of new platforms like the mobile protected firepower (MPF) light tank. The House Armed Services subcommittee on tactical air and land forces, in its mark of the 2018 […]