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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]