Archive: Congressional/Budget

Senate Appropriations Chair Cochran to Retire in April Due to Ailing Health

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and huge advocate for shipbuilding, will retire April 1 due to ailing health, the 81 year-old lawmaker said Monday. “I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge,” Cochran wrote in a press release that hit the wires late Monday. “I intend to fulfill […]


Navy Budget Plans 46 More Ships Within Five Years, 30-Year Plan Expects 355 By 2050s

The U.S. Navy’s FY ’18 budget request and 30-year shipbuilding plan expects to have 34 additional ships in the inventory by FY 2023, but the service’s goal of reaching 355 ships extends into the 2050s at current rates if shipbuilding remains stable. The service currently fields 280 deployable battle force ships and submarines with about […]


MDA Budget Request Increases $2 Billion From Last Year

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting $9.9 billion in the FY ’19 budget request, which is an increase of about $2 billion over the FY ’18 request. An MDA official confirmed this request continues missile defense acceleration that began in the 2017 Above Threshold Reprogramming (ATR) and the FY ‘18 Missile Defeat and Defense […]

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

Competition For JSTARS Replacement Plane Continues As Air Force, Hill Duel Over Proposal To End Program

The U.S. Air Force, which recently announced plans to nix a replacement for its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft, is not pulling the plug on the program just yet. Facing congressional opposition to its proposal, the Air Force said Feb. 13 that it intends to continue reviewing industry bids for the replacement plane at least until […]

The E-8C JSTARS. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Aims To Develop New Sensor Fusion System Instead Of Replacing JSTARS Surveillance Plane

The U.S. Air Force is dropping plans to build a new ground-surveillance aircraft, opting instead to begin developing an advanced battle management system that can fuse threat information from various new and existing sensors to provide a comprehensive view of the battlespace. Air Force Undersecretary Matthew Donovan said the service’s $156.3-billion fiscal year 2019 budget […]

Dragoons from Lightning Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment advance in a Stryker during a joint training exercise with Lithuanian soldiers in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Pabrade Training Area, Lithuania, March 2, 2015. Photo: DVIDS

$9.5 Billion Army Budget Hike Funds Endstrength, Modernization In FY19

The Army’s fiscal 2019 budget request provides a nearly $10 billion boost in funding aimed at growing the force while providing more for daily operations, procurement and modernization. At $148.4 billion, the Army’s fiscal 2019 base budget request comes in at $9.5 billion, or 7 percent, above the fiscal 2018 request. The spending plan released […]

Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. The cutter was built by the former Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was commissioned in 1977. Photo: Coast Guard

DHS Seeks $47.5 Billion In FY ’19, Including Funding For New Polar Icebreaker

The White House on Monday sent Congress a $47.5 billion discretionary budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in fiscal year 2019, a roughly 7 percent increase over what Congress appears to be leaning toward in the yet to be completed appropriations for fiscal year 2018. The Trump administration’s request for DHS also […]

David Norquist, comptroller of the Department of Defense.  (Army photo)

Defense Budget Request Grows 10 Percent Over Current CR Levels To $716 Billion

At just over $686 billion, the Department of Defense fiscal year 2019 budget request continues the military funding increases promised by the Trump administration in force structure, procurement and investment in future technologies. Including war funding, the budget is a $74.2 billion, or 10 percent, increase over the fiscal 2018 continuing resolution funding levels the […]

The first two combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 2, 2015. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force F-35 Program Gets Help From Budget Deal

Language included in the newly enacted federal budget agreement will allow the Air Force to proceed with “critical” construction projects for its F-35A Lightning II program, according to a congressional panel. The provision, or “anomaly,” is part of a continuing resolution (CR) included in the two-year budget agreement, the Senate Appropriations Committee said Feb 8. […]

Capitol at night---cropped---MS photo

Senate Leaders Reach Two-Year Deal To End Budget Stalemate

Senate leaders announced Feb. 7 that they have reached a bipartisan agreement to lift congressionally mandated spending caps in fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and end a months-long budget impasse. The deal, outlined on the Senate floor by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), would prevent the return […]