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Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Photo from Facebook profile.

Top HASC Democrat Dings DoD For ‘Rushing’ Nuke Missile Contracts

The Pentagon should not have rushed to hand out more than $1 billion in contracts to modernize U.S. nuclear missiles before the Donald Trump administration completes the Nuclear Posture Review it started in January, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said Sunday. “We should not be doubling down on these legacy nuclear […]

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HASC Announces New Republican Staff Director

Jen Stewart, a Pentagon insider and former congressional aide, will return to Capitol Hill to become Republican staff director of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), the GOP-led panel announced Aug. 21. Stewart will replace longtime director Bob Simmons, who left in the spring to join the private sector (Defense Daily, May 1). Jenness Simler, who […]

Orbital ATK's Minotaur IV launch vehicle. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Studying Possible Commercial Role For Surplus ICBM Motors

The U.S. Air Force plans to finish a study later this year on the potential impact of changing existing law to allow surplus intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) motors to be used on commercial space launches, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report Aug. 16 While the Department of Defense and NASA use […]

Aerial view of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo: LANL

Lawmakers Lay Out Concerns About LANL Contract Competition

Not long after locals did the same, all members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation said this week they have concerns about the Energy Department’s plan for the next national laboratory contract in northern New Mexico. In a list of six concerns over the next decade-spanning management and operations contract at the Los Alamos National Laboratory […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35 Upgrade Plan Nears Completion, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to send Congress this month a multi-billion-dollar upgrade plan for the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Aug. 8. The report on the Block 4 modernization effort is required by the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization act and was supposed to be […]

Richard Spencer, President Trump's nominee as the 76th secretary of the Navy. Photo: Center for a New American Security.

Senate Confirms Top DoD Positions Including Spencer As Navy Secretary, Lord At AT&L

The Senate confirmed Richard V. Spencer as the newest secretary of the Navy on Tuesday as well as seven other civilian Defense Department nominees. Spencer succeeds acting Secretary Sean Stackley and Obama’s Secretary Ray Mabus. The Senate approved of Spencer in a voice vote, just like the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) did last month […]

Northrop Grumman's B-2 bomber. Photo: Air Force.

Stealth Upgrades Key To Keeping U.S. Military’s Edge, Report Says

The U.S. military should continue improving its stealth aircraft technology to keep its advantage over possible rivals in the coming decades, according to a report released Aug. 2 by the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute. Stealth aircraft have played an important role in U.S. operations since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, when the F-117 stealth […]

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Senators Introduce Bill To Improve Security Of Internet Of Things

A group of Democratic and Republican senators on Tuesday introduced legislation aimed at improving the cyber security of online devices, commonly called the Internet of Things (IoT). The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 directs that the vendors that supply the federal government with IOT devices must ensure they can be patched, don’t […]