Archive: Congressional/Budget

John Roth (left), performing the duties of Pentagon chief financial officer and Army Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, Joint Staff director for force structure, resources and assessment, brief the press at the Pentagon on May 23, 2017. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Trump’s $639 Billion Defense Budget Misses ‘Historic’ Increase Mark, Focuses On Current Fight Over Long-term Modernization

The Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 defense budget falls short of the dramatic boost to military spending he has repeatedly promised, focusing instead on beefing up near-term combat capabilities while setting the stage for future topline increases. At $639 billion, the administration’s budget request is $52 billion above the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps for fiscal […]

Army Budget Director Maj. Gen. Thomas Horlander briefs reporters on the service's fiscal year 2018 budget request on May 23, 2017 at the Pentagon. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Army’s FY ’18 Budget Request Continues To Put Readiness Before Modernization

The modest funding increase the Army is requesting in fiscal 2018 will maintain the current force and ensure those soldiers are trained and equipped for ongoing and near-term conlflicts, leaving little left to spend on modernization. At a $137 billion base funding request with $29 billion in overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding, the total $166 […]

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Coast Guard Authorization Bill Introduced In House

A bill to reauthorize the Coast Guard for two years was introduced in the House last Thursday and would allow for nearly $2 billion to be spent on acquisition in both fiscal years 2018 and 2019. A similar bill was marked up last Thursday by the Senate Commerce Committee. The authorization bill pending in the […]


Senate Commerce Committee Approves Coast Guard Bill

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved a bill on Thursday authorizing $2 billion in annual acquisition funding for the U.S. Coast Guard in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 1129), sponsored by Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), provides a […]

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Information Technology of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

House Passes $500 Million IT Modernization Bill

The House on Wednesday approved the $500 million Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act to improve federal information technology (IT) systems and bolster cyber security accountability. The bill (H.R. 2227), sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Information Technology Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd (R-Texas), passed by a voice vote. The legislation is intended to reduce wasteful […]

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Senate Bill Would Authorize $2 Billion Acquisition Budget For Coast Guard

A Senate Committee on Thursday plans to mark up legislation that would authorize $2 billion in annual acquisition funding for the Coast Guard in fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and give the service the authority to acquire the last several of its National Security Cutters (NSCs) through a multi-year contract. The $2 billion in annual […]

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.). Official Senate photo.

Counter-Drone Lasers Funded In FY 2017 Omnibus Bill

The fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill could help move laser weapons to the battlefield after decades of development, according to a key lawmaker. The recently unveiled legislation contains $16.7 million for the Marine Corps to buy five Boeing [BA] 2-kilowatt laser systems to defend against enemy unmanned aerial vehicles. The funding would support “the […]

House Passes FY 2017 Omnibus Bill

The fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, which includes $593 billion for defense, received House approval May 3. The legislation now heads to the Senate for its consideration later this week. House and Senate negotiators unveiled the compromise measure May 1 (Defense Daily, May 1, 2017). The defense portion contains $73.7 billion for research and […]

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White House Aims To Unveil FY 2018 Budget In Late May

The Trump administration plans to roll out its fiscal year 2018 budget request in late May, according to the White House budget chief. Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, mentioned the timeline at a May 1 press briefing on the newly negotiated FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, which includes funding for the […]