Archive: Congress

HASC Drills Down On Air Force Unfunded Requirements

By Jen DiMascio The Air Force’s list of $20 billion in unfunded requirements was front and center at a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) hearing yesterday. Members of the committee sought to get to the bottom of the difference between the service’s official budget and its annual wish list, which this year more than doubles […]

CBP, Boeing Officials Describe Project 28 Shortcomings, Lessons Learned

By Calvin Biesecker Appearing before a House panel yesterday that is unhappy with the work done so far on a high-technology electronic border security project, government and industry officials admitted that Project 28 isn’t optimal yet but said they have learned lessons to improve on the system and future deployments. Border Patrol agents who are […]

Army Secretary Says Service Examining Ways To Accelerate FCS

By Jen DiMascio The secretary of the Army said yesterday the service is considering ways it could speed up development of its top modernization program, the Future Combat System (FCS). "We’re looking at ways to accelerate it, but we don’t have a way ahead at this point," Pete Geren told reporters after the hearing, adding […]

Rep. Taylor Chides Coast Guard Over Effort To Recoup Cutter Conversion Funds

By Geoff Fein Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) lashed out yesterday at the Coast Guard for not putting forth more effort to recover funds spent on an attempt to extend the service’s 110-foot Island-class cutters to the 123-foot configuration. The Coast Guard is hoping to get the Deepwater Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) team to negotiate […]

SASC Staffer Reportedly Administration’s Choice For Top Navy Weapons Buyer

By Jen DiMascio The administration is considering the nomination of a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) staff member to manage the Navy’s weapons-buying shop at a time when key shipbuilding and rotorcraft programs like the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the VH-71 presidential helicopter are recovering from mammoth cost overruns and schedule delays. According to […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense D-Day. Mark the calendar. Put the Air Force acquisition shop on speed-dial. The Defense Acquisition Board meets today to decide the fate of the KC-X aerial refueling tanker replacement program. A decision whether the initial contract worth up to $40 billion goes to Boeing […]

Administration May Proceed With JDAM Sale To Saudi Arabia

The initial deadline for Congress to object to the sale of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to Saudi Arabia has passed, opening the door for the administration to legally proceed with the deal. On Jan. 14, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential sale of 900 JDAMs for up to […]

Administration May Proceed With JDAM Sale To Saudi Arabia

By Jen DiMascio The initial deadline for Congress to object to the sale of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to Saudi Arabia has passed, opening the door for the administration to legally proceed with the deal. On Jan. 14, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential sale of 900 JDAMs […]

Navy’s $4.5 Billion In Unmet Needs Includes Ships, Aircraft And Weapon Enhancements

By Geoff Fein The Navy faces $4.5 billion in unmet funding needs for FY ’08, which includes funding for ship maintenance, weapons enhancement, and aircraft improvements, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead wrote in a recent letter to Congress. Top on the list for the Navy is a $548.3 million request for critical maritime […]

Army Holds Fast To FCS Funding Plan

By Jen DiMascio Despite warnings from the secretary of defense and members of Congress, the Army maintains it can afford and has planned for its top modernization program–the Future Combat System (FCS). Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was asked a question about a $119 billion shortfall in its budget plan for increasing the size […]