Archive: Congress

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Wittman Sketches Shipbuilding Challenges: Maintain $26 Billion But Add $3 Billion When Columbia Subs Start

The chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) seapower panel on Thursday said the FY ’18 shipbuilding authorization of $26.2 billion should be maintained before adding $3 billion when the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) starts production. “I think even the Navy hasn’t been as direct as they need to be with the 30-year […]

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HASC Passes FY 2019 Defense Authorization Bill After All-Day Debate

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved its fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill by a 60-1 vote early May 10 after more than 14 hours of deliberations on various amendments. The committee voted, 33-28 to approve an amendment by Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) to preserve the Department of Defense’s Test Resource Management Center (TRMC). […]

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DoD Nominee: U.S. Talent Not Focused On Future Weapons

China has shot ahead of the United States in developing futuristic military technologies like hypersonics and artificial intelligence because the Pentagon’s risk-averse culture repels the innovative talent needed to tackle those problems, according to a prospective Defense Department scientist. The United States is falling behind its most potent strategic competitor not because it lacks the […]

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HASC Backs Independent Review Of Military Aviation Mishaps

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved a proposal May 9 to create an independent commission to study a recent surge in fatal military aviation accidents. The proposal by Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the HASC’s ranking member, came in the form of an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill. The committee approved […]

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Mattis To Congress, FAA: Military Needs More Authority To Shoot Down Drones Over Bases

Privately owned drones routinely violate restricted airspace over military bases, ships and airfields and the Pentagon wants more authority to shoot them down, Defense Secretary James Mattis on May 9 told lawmakers. The military can disrupt or destroy small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) over certain secure facilities with restricted airspace but has limited authority to […]

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Coast Guard Slammed For Being Slow To Adopt Blue Technologies

The top Republican and Democrat on a House panel that oversees policymaking for the Coast Guard on Tuesday criticized the service for taking too much time to adopt new technologies for the maritime domain that can be used on their capital assets to help fill operational gaps. “You’re the smallest force, you have the fewest […]

HASC Chairman’s Mark Adds Little Over Subcommittees

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s draft mark for the FY ’19 defense authorization bill largely fell in line with what the subcommittees approved in their markups last week, but it added a few specific funding details in various programs. Chairman Mac Thorneberry’s (R-Texas) mark agrees with a subcommittee provision mandating the Air […]

Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration (Air Force photo)

Air Force General Concerned About Possible Return Of Budget Caps In FY 2020

Recent increases in U.S. defense spending have bolstered the Air Force’s nuclear modernization efforts, but the possible return of across-the-board budget cuts in FY 2020 looms as a potential threat to those programs, a service official said May 1. The two-year budget agreement that President Trump signed into law in February provides $700 billion for defense […]

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee

House OKs Bill To Create One-Stop Shop For Commercial Space Activity

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would create a “one-stop shop” in the Commerce Department’s Office of Space Commerce to authorize private-sector space activity, including exploration and remote sensing. The House passed the proposed American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act (H.R. 2809) by voice vote April 24. The bill now heads […]

The USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) arrives in the port of Pascagoula, Miss.on Jan. 19 aboard the heavy lift vessel MV Transself as it heads to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipyard for repairs and upgrades. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

HASC Readiness Mark Pushes Surface Force Changes

The House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness addressed several issues raised by reviews of Navy destroyer collisions in the Pacific last summer in its mark of the FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The mark would require the Secretary of the Navy to limit the forward deployment of Navy vessels to 10 years. However, […]