Archive: Congress

Trump Administration Says Russia Hacking U.S. Energy Grid; Levies New Sanctions

The Russian government is behind an ongoing and deliberate cyber hacking campaign against the energy sector in the U.S. but so far attempts to access critical network systems have failed, senior national security officials said on Thursday. The Trump administration’s attribution the cyber-attacks against the energy grid were part of a larger announcement by the […]

The B-52 Stratofortress. 
Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Air Force Nears Plan To Replace B-52 Engines

The U.S. Air Force is reviewing options for re-engining the B-52 bomber and intends to formally launch the acquisition effort later this year, a service official said March 14. William Roper, the Air Force’s new acquisition chief, said he conducted his first review with the re-engining team a few weeks ago and he expects to […]

Robert Lightfoot, NASA's acting administrator (Photo by NASA)

Acting NASA Head Lightfoot To Retire

Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting administrator for the past 14 months, announced March 12 that he will retire April 30. “I will work with the White House on a smooth transition to the new administrator,” Lightfoot wrote in a note to NASA employees.  It is unclear who the new administrator will be. President Donald Trump has […]


Senate Panel Advances Bill Pushing Energy Sector To Adopt Analog Technology For Improved Cyber Threat Prevention

A Senate energy panel unanimously approved a bill Thursday directing the energy sector to adopt lower-grade technology needed to facilitate better cyber security controls in the face of growing threats to critical infrastructure. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee advanced the bipartisan Securing Energy Infrastructure Act (S.79), co-sponsored by Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and […]

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 […]

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

House Panelists Complain Coast Guard Again Tardy With Investment Plan

The Coast Guard was five months late last year with its capital investment outlook, making it difficult for Congress carry out its budgeting and policy functions, and is overdue again for delivering the Capital Investment Plan (CIP), leaders on a House committee that oversees the Coast Guard said on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, the Coast Guard submits […]

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 14, 2017, after returning from builder's sea trials. (Photo by U.S. Navy)

Navy And Congress Grapple With How To Increase Fleet And Maintain Shipbuilders

Members of Congress and Navy officials grappled this week with how to maintain shipbuilders, lower costs, and increase the size of the Navy towards the 355-ship goal given long timelines and limited shipyards. During a Tuesday hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Rep. Mike Conway (R-Texas) inquired about changing […]

A F-35C on the USS Nimitz during 2014 testing. Photo: Navy.

F-35’s Next Development Phase Could Cost Nearly $11 Billion

The follow-on development phase for the U.S. Department of Defense’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is expected to cost about $10.9 billion over seven years, the program’s leader said March 7. If the development plan is approved by DoD and service leaders, the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy will cover $7.2 billion of the […]


Service Weapon Buyers Say Congress Can ‘Declare Victory’ On Acquisition Reform

By delegating management of large weapon programs to the military services, Congress may already have achieved the acquisition reforms it and Defense Department leaders have long sought, according to acquisition executives. Asked whether there have so far been any glaring errors in the reforms Congress has imposed on the defense acquisition system over the past […]