Archive: Congress

Delay In Supplemental Poses Dire Consequences For Marine Corps, General Says

By Geoff Fein The Marine Corps could be facing dire consequences if Congress and the president are unable to reach an agreement on the supplemental defense bill, according to a Marine Corps official. The Marine Corps is spending about $750 million a month, half of which goes toward supporting forces in Iraq and other war […]

Senate Republicans Call For $70 Billion In War Funds

Republican lawmakers yesterday pressed for $70 billion in Iraq war funding without restrictions. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that if Democrats move forward with a plan to add to an omnibus spending bill $30 billion for the war in Afghanistan and other military operations not involving Iraq, he will seek to change the […]

McCain Boycotts Conference Report, Opposing Plus-up For C-17 Aircraft

By Jen DiMascio Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, vowed not to sign the conference report of the committee’s most important annual bill because of an earmark. The $2.28 billion sticking point authorizes the purchase of eight C-17 Globemaster aircraft. It is tucked in a supplemental package attached […]

Conference Authorizers Give Nod To Multiyear CH-47 Chinook Procurement

The Boeing [BA] CH-47 Chinook helicopter program would benefit from congressional authority for multiyear procurement authority and D-to F-model conversion recommended in the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. "It provides to the government, the Army and the taxpayers a significant benefit in the savings they receive basing procurement […]

Defense Authorizers Call For Development of Space Protection Strategy

By Michael Sirak House and Senate defense overseers have called on the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the director of national intelligence (DNI), to craft a strategy to protect the capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. freedom of action in space, according to the conference report accompanying the final version of the FY ’08 Defense […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Anything But Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week said that before the end of the congressional session Democrats were likely to include defense funding in an omnibus spending bill that would be considered before the end of the year. "There probably […]

Roles and Missions Study To Address Control Over Cargo Aircraft Program

By Jen DiMascio The House is likely to vote this week on a bill that authorizes the Defense Department to spend $507 billion during this fiscal year. The wide-ranging bill that sets new policies in terms of acquisition and wartime contracting also mandates the start of a Pentagon-wide roles and missions study that may help […]

Conference Authorizers Give Nod To Multiyear CH-47 Chinook Procurement

By Ann Roosevelt The Boeing [BA] CH-47 Chinook helicopter program would benefit from congressional authority for multiyear procurement authority and D-to F-model conversion recommended in the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. "It provides to the government, the Army and the taxpayers a significant benefit in the savings they […]

Hunter Calls For President To Meet With Lawmakers About China

The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee is imploring the president to meet with key lawmakers to discuss future defense investments in light of China’s recent military buildup and its refusal to allow U.S. ships to port In Hong Kong. China’s decision to block the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) aircraft carrier strike group […]

Appropriators Planning To Add Up to 14 C-17s To Spring Supplemental

By Jen DiMascio Appropriators have an agreement to add the purchase of C-17s to a war funding bill that lawmakers will consider next year. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, said this week appropriators are looking to increase the size of purchases of several aircraft to bring down the […]