Archive: Congressional/Budget

A US. Marine Corps V-22 lifting off a ship. Photo: U.S. Navy

Lawmakers Could OK Block Buys For V-22, F-35 Parts

The House Armed Services subcommittee on tactical air and land forces wants to authorize the Pentagon to buy aircraft and spare parts in bulk to save money on future purchases of both the V-22 Osprey and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. In its draft mark of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the subcommittee provides authorization […]

HASC To Begin Marking Up FY ’18 Defense Policy Bill June 21

The House Armed Service Committee (HASC) announced June 14 plans to begin considering the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill next week. A series of markup sessions will start June 21 with the emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, followed by the tactical air and land forces subcommittee. The HASC’s four other subcommittees – readiness, strategic […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provide testimony on the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense to members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C., June 13, 2017. (DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Mattis, Dunford Push Back Against Call To Boost Shipbuilding Without End To Budget Caps

Lawmakers hoping to see the Trump administration put money toward repeated promises to significantly grow the military were disappointed in the Pentagon’s fiscal 2018 budget request, which Defense Department officials say is one step in a multi-rung ladder to During a marathon late-night hearing June 12, members of the House Armed Services Committee pushed Defense […]

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), HAC HS chairman.

Carter Supports DHS Budget Emphasis On Border Security, Immigration Enforcement

The chairman of the House panel that oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that he supports the Trump administration’s proposed increases for the two agencies that are focused on land border security and immigration enforcement. Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) said on Tuesday at the outset of a hearing to examine the […]

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 29, 2017. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)

SECDEF Mattis: Sequester More Damaging To Military Than Enemy Fire

During 16 years of war, no enemy ambush or roadside bomb has more gravely injured the U.S. military than the law that has since 2011 threatened to slash its budget, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) on June 12. “For all the heartache caused by the loss of our troops […]

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, left. Photo: Patrick Kelley, Coast Guard.

Polar Icebreaker Tops Coast Guard’s Unfunded Priorities, Commandant Says

The heavy polar icebreaker program is the Coast Guard’s top unfunded priority in its FY ‘18t budget request and will top a list additional funding needs the service will soon submit to Congress in order to provide better clarity for the program going forward, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the service’s commandant, said on Wednesday. “We will […]


Democrats On Senate Panel Decry Proposed Cuts To Homeland Security Grants

Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday said that the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to various homeland security grant programs and are not supported by state and local law enforcers and first responders. Pointing to recent events in Britain where terrorists successfully carried out various attacks against people in open […]


Armed Services Committees Split In Opposing White House Defense Spending Proposal

Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees responsible for annual defense authorization have voiced opposition to the White House’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal for differing reasons, raising questions about whether Congress will be able to agree on defense spending levels past the end of this fiscal year. While the committees’ Republicans argue that […]


CBP Reaching Out To Start Ups For Help With Border Security

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is seeking $10 million in its FY ’18 budget to continue it outreach to Silicon Valley companies to bring innovative technologies to its front line agents. The agency has two priorities in its budget request under the Commercial Technology Innovation Program, one is to begin a commercial technology Border Situational […]