Archive: Congressional/Budget

Rohrabacher Ups Pressure To Respond To Chinese Cyber Attacks

In the wake of an influential report exposing Chinese military hacking, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is calling on the administration to react more firmly to state-sponsored cyber attacks and espionage. “Raising the level of rhetoric does not mean anything to bullies and gangsters,” he said at a hearing yesterday. Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Subcommittee […]

Congress Passes CR, DoD Delays Furlough Plans

The House easily passed a new government budget on Thursday that helps the Pentagon manage the new “sequestration” budget cuts, spurring military leaders to delay the process of furloughing civilian employees. The House approved the “continuing resolution” (CR)–which contains a full defense appropriations bill–via a 318-109 vote. It garnered the support of the vast majority […]

Senate Passes CR After Rejecting Biofuels Cut

The Senate passed via a 73-26 vote on Wednesday a level-funded $518 billion defense appropriations bill after rejecting an attempt to reduce military-biofuel funds in it. The Senate made no major changes to the fiscal year 2013 “continuing resolution,” (CR) to which the long-delayed Pentagon budget bill is attached, during more than a week of […]

SASC Chair Calls For Calm On East Coast Missile Site

Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) is calling on lawmakers pushing for a new missile-defense site on the East Coast of the United States to temper their support and wait for the Pentagon to assess if it is needed. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced last Friday that the Pentagon is taking several […]

Cross Domain Capabilities Could Be ‘Game Changer’ For Services, Kwast Says

The Defense Department’s upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is an opportunity for the United States to start integrating cross domain capability into future strategies, which could be a “game changer” for the services, according to head of the Air Force’s QDR effort. Air Force QDR Director Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast said Friday the military’s new […]

F-35 Won’t Be Spared Sequestration Cuts, Hale Says

The F-35 strike fighter aircraft program will be subject to the same cuts as other defense programs under the budget sequester, the Defense Department’s Budget Chief told a House panel yesterday. The F-35 will be take at least a 7.8 percent funding cut, Robert Hale, the Pentagon’s comptroller, told the House Oversight and Government Reform […]

Review of New Defense Strategy Ordered By May 31

The Pentagon is reviewing the new Defense Strategic Guidance it released last year in light of fiscal constraints, but said it has not gone as far as to end the so-called pivot to Asia that is central to that strategy. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed senior leaders last week to “conduct a review to examine […]

Hawkish Lawmakers Applaud Missile Defense Expansion Efforts

Hawkish lawmakers applauded the Pentagon’s announcement that it will boost missile-defense efforts–including burying more interceptors in Alaska–in response to Iran and North Korea’s work to develop long-range missiles. Yet Republicans lamented the costs incurred from a previous scaling-back of such homeland-defense efforts, and a senior senator called for the Pentagon to accelerate plans for a […]

DoD Needs Better Evaluation Of Potential Cyber Attacks On Nuclear Systems, Kehler Says

The Defense Department needs a “more comprehensive, recurring way” to evaluate the potential of cyber-related attacks on its nuclear command and control (C2) and weapon systems, according to the head of DoD’s nuclear enterprise. U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) chief Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Tuesday that while […]

Sessions Claims Senate Resolution Off On War Funding

The Senate Budget Committee passed on Thursday night a federal budget resolution, which the panel’s lead Republican charged provides incorrect estimates for war funding. The Democratic-led panel approved its 10-year, largely-symbolic blueprint for federal spending after two days of debate. The GOP-run House Budget Committee approved its contrasting budget resolution earlier in the day Thursday, […]