Archive: Congressional/Budget

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Feinstein Won’t Vote for DoE Budget That Includes B83 Bomb

The ranking Democrat on the Senate panel that writes the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) annual funding bill said Wednesday she would not vote for a budget that keeps the B83 nuclear gravity bomb in service. Meanwhile, New Mexico’s senior senator laid into the Energy Department subagency’s top official about plans to move production of […]

An AC-130J taxis the runway for its first official sortie Jan. 31, 2014, at Eglin AFB, Fla. Photo: Air Force.

AFSOC Lines Up Partial Funding For Laser Gunship Demo

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is making progress in getting funding to demonstrate a laser gunship prototype but remains well short of what it needs, according to the command’s leader. AFSOC, which wants to test a 60-kilowatt, solid-state laser on an AC-130 gunship by fiscal year 2022, is poised to receive $34 million […]

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) (Photo courtesy of Shelby's office)

Sen. Shelby Takes Helm Of Appropriations Committee And Defense Subcommittee

Senate Republicans formally tapped Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) April 10 to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC). Shelby, whose appointment had been expected due to his seniority, announced later in the day that he will also chair the SAC’s defense (SAC-D) subcommittee.  “I am proud to take on a larger role, helping to secure funding […]

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

HASC To Begin FY 2019 Markups In Late April

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) announced March 29 that it plans to begin considering the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill in late April. All six of its subcommittees are scheduled to conduct their markups on April 26, the committee said. Readiness will go first, followed by emerging threats and capabilities, military personnel, tactical […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (Army photo)

DoD Leaders Discuss How To Spend New Omnibus Funding

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he met with the service secretaries and other top Pentagon officials March 26 to discuss how the Department of Defense will properly manage the financial infusion it expects to receive from the recently enacted fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations act. The $1.3-trillion omnibus, which contains $700 billion for defense, an […]

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

Projected NNSA Budgets Can Handle Low-Yield Warhead, DoE Officials Tell Congress

Energy Secretary Rick Perry and the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) both assured Congress last week that the two new low-yield warheads called for in the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review can fit in projected agency budgets. Perry and NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty faced the same question Thursday on separate sides of […]

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House.

Trump Signs Omnibus Spending Bill Despite Non-Defense Concerns

President Donald Trump signed the $1.3-trillion fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill into law March 23, saying the need for increased military funding outweighed his misgivings about several non-defense aspects of the bill. The omnibus (H.R. 1625), which combines 12 annual appropriations bills into one package, provides $700 billion for defense, an increase of about […]

CAPITOL

Multi-Billion Dollar DoD Cloud Project, Army Tactical Network Fix Included In Omnibus Bill

Pentagon officials secured priorities in the latest omnibus spending bill, approved Thursday by the House, for new projects to build more resilient cyber networks needed to address known vulnerabilities. Department of Defense leadership’s plan for a multi-billion dollar cloud computing network project and the Army’s move to reinforce its tactical network were both included in […]

CAPITOL

DoD Weapon Systems Get Big Funding Boost In Omnibus Bill

The newly completed fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 1625) contains $233.5 billion for the Department of Defense to develop and buy weapon systems, an increase of more than $41 billion from FY 2017. The legislation includes $144.3 billion for procurement, up $25.4 billion from FY 2017, and $89.2 billion for research and development, […]

Coast Guard National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754). Photo: Coast Guard

Omnibus Bill Funds Two More Coast Guard National Security Cutters

In a surprise, the congressional appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 includes funding for two Coast Guard National Security Cutters (NSC), moving the program within one vessel of a one-for-one replacement of legacy high endurance cutters. The FY ’18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill contains $1.2 billion for the NSC program to complete the acquisition of the […]