Archive: Congress

Sen. John McCain during a 2016 Senate Armed Services Committee.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

McCain, Tough on Defense Acquisition, Will Be Hard to Replace

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died Aug. 25, fought for acquisition reform within the U.S. military with a precision and drive that few senators before him did and few may be able to follow. A Navy combat veteran and prisoner of war, McCain was 81 years old when he passed after a lengthy battle with […]

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House Commerce Committee Republicans Urge DHS, MITRE To Improve Management Of Cyber Security Database

Following a committee investigation that lasted more than a year, Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have asked the Department of Homeland Security and one of its contractors to reform a database that includes a list of publicly disclosed cyber security vulnerabilities and exposures. The legislators recommend in separate letters that the […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Hurdles Remain for FY ’19 Defense Spending Bill

Congress has passed two versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill at a faster rate than it has in over a decade, but the road to negotiating a full conference bill before the end of 2018 is not yet clear, analysts said. The Senate on Thursday voted 85-7 to approve the FY’19 Department […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Senate Easily Passes FY ’19 Defense Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a major appropriations bill by a vote of 85-7 that includes defense as well as health and human services, education and labor before the end of August for the first time in two decades. Senators moved Thursday to put H.R. 6157, the fiscal year 2019 appropriations “minibus” bill, to a vote, […]

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Inhofe: ‘They’re Winning Me Over’ on Space Force

A former Space Force skeptic in the Senate is expressing more support for President Trump’s pet project to develop a sixth military branch devoted to space investment by 2020. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told reporters Thursday that he is becoming more persuaded by the idea of a Space Force since Vice President Mike Pence revealed […]

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), a longtime House Armed Services Committee member, was indicted Tuesday on corruption charges. Photo: Duncan Hunter

Indictment of HASC Member Hunter Could Affect Supported Defense Efforts

The indictment Tuesday of longtime House Armed Services Committee (HASC) member Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) raises questions for how his championed U.S. military projects will be affected should he be convicted and forced to give up his seat. Duncan, a Marine Corps combat veteran who is running for re-election this November in California’s 50th […]

William Bryan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be under secretary of Science and Technology for DHS. Bryan is currently the acting head of S&T. Photo: DHS

DHS S&T Nominee Plugs Counter UAS Bill

Legislation in the Senate permitting the use of technology to defeat potential threats from drones is necessary to enable the testing and evaluation of these technologies in operationally relevant environments, a Department of Homeland Security official said on Wednesday. Current law allows for detecting and tracking of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) “but we’re not able […]

Alan Shaffer testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee as a nominee for Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Aug. 21, 2018. Photo: C-SPAN

Support Needed for DoD Acquisition Workforce, Says Undersecretary Nominee

The Defense Department must better train and empower its acquisition workforce if it hopes to buy and develop critical capabilities more rapidly, the candidate for a key Pentagon leadership position said on Tuesday. “Acquisition is not something that someone can walk in off the street and do well,” said Alan Shaffer during his confirmation hearing […]

Army Lt. Gen. John Murray was promoted Aug. 20 to the rank of general and confirmed by the Senate to become the new Army Futures Command commander. Photo: Army

Senate Approves New Army, Air Force Commanders

The Senate confirmed several military promotions Monday evening that will impact Army and Air Force commands. Army Lt. Gen. John M. Murray, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff for programs, G-8, was confirmed to assume the rank of general and become the first commander of the Army Futures Command, which is slated to […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Senators Mulling Trump’s Space Force Roadmap

The road to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force by 2020 requires congressional approval, and several senators have mixed feelings about the proposed effort to build a brand new service dedicated to space. The Pentagon and Vice President Mike Pence revealed Aug. 9 a roadmap to building a sixth service that could combine all of […]