Archive: Congressional/Budget

DoE, DoD Officials Won’t Talk Timeline on NNSA

In separate congressional hearings here Tuesday, senior Energy and Defense officials declined to pin down the date at which the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) might start modifying an existing warhead to create the low-yield, submarine-launched weapon sought by the Trump administration. The Pentagon has already requested 2019 funding to start work on upgrades for the […]


CBP Official Says Mix Of Infrastructure, Technology And People Best For Border Security

Although performance metrics are still lacking for determining the effectiveness of specific types of investments in border security, history has shown that a mix of technology, physical infrastructure and personnel are effective in curbing illegal border activity, a senior Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official said last week. “We know over the history of CBP […]

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Zukunft Says Planned Drop In Coast Guard Acquisition Budget Will Hit Polar Icebreaker Program

Although the Coast Guard’s plan for acquiring its first new heavy polar icebreaker in more than 40 years is within sight, current out-year budget plans don’t provide funding for additional icebreakers, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft told a House panel on Wednesday. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s […]

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

Congress Nears Finishing FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Lawmakers are “on track” to unveil the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations conference report sometime during the week of March 12-16, a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee said March 9. Negotiators have been working for weeks to combine 12 individual appropriations bills for defense and other programs into a single package. They were expected […]

The People's Liberation Army (Navy) hospital ship Peace Ark (T-AH 866), the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship  USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) and the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310) maneuver into formation for a photo exercise during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (U.S. Navy photo)

Lawmakers Blast Navy Plan To Retire Hospital Ship

The U.S. Navy’s plan to retire one of its two hospital ships is drawing fire from lawmakers who say the vessels provide important services for overseas humanitarian missions and victims of domestic natural disasters. According to the lawmakers, the proposal to retire either the USNS Comfort or the USNS Mercy in 2020 is reflected in the Navy’s recently […]

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee

Key Lawmaker To Examine Air Force Cancellation Of JSTARS Replacement

The head of a congressional defense subcommittee said March 6 that he intends to scrutinize the Air Force’s controversial plan to cancel its replacement for the aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft. “We’re going to take a look at it,” said Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC’s) tactical air and […]

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 […]