Archive: Congress

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., puts H.R. 6157 minibus bill on the floor Aug. 16, 2018. Photo: C-SPAN

Senate to Debate Defense Appropriations Next Week

The Senate on Wednesday put a bill to the floor that includes several fiscal year 2019 budgets, including defense, as the committee hopes to bring the legislation up for a vote as early as next week. The so-called “minibus” H.R. 6157 includes two FY‘19 appropriations measures, the Department of Defense bill and the Labor, Health […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

New Command and Elite Force: Pentagon Reveals Steps to Space Force

The Defense Department has released a roadmap for the department to eventually stand up a sixth branch of the Armed Forces devoted specifically to space. Establishing a Space Force that would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard requires legislative approval. But the report, titled “Final report on Organizational […]

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House Passes Final Version Of FY 19 NDAA

The House easily passed the final version of the $717 billion fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill Thursday. Lawmakers voted 359-54 to approve the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed cloture on the legislation for a likely vote next week. “This bill continues to […]

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Final NDAA Calls For Cyber Warfare Policy, Explanation Of DoD Cloud Effort

Congress released the final version of its fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill Monday that calls on the Pentagon to implement the first ever cyber warfare policy and provide justification of its acquisition approach to its massive cloud computing projects before receiving full funding. House and Senate lawmakers’ National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report […]

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House Homeland Security Committee Marks Up Cyber, Biometric, Counter UAS Bills

The House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday marked up a slew of homeland security bills, including one that codifies the existing Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program within the Department of Homeland Security and ensure it evolves to adapt to changing threats. The Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act (H.R. 6443) was introduced by Rep. […]

The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) underway on its own power for the first time during its builder's sea trials in April 2017. (Photo: U.S. Navy).

NDAA Conference OKs CVN-81, 3 LCSs, And Advanced Procurement For LPD Flight II

In the negotiated conference version of the fiscal year (FY) 2019 defense authorization bill, House and Senate members agreed to authorize the fourth Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), and advanced procurement funds for LPD Flight II San Antonio-class amphibious dock transport ships. The fourth Ford-class carrier, CVN-81, is expected to […]

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Photo by Lockheed Martin.

Final Version Of NDAA Halts F-35 Sales To Turkey

Congress’ final version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill halts sales of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey pending a full review of all defense sales to the country and an assessment of its impending purchase of the Russian-built S-400 missile defense system. House and Senate lawmakers released their National Defense Authorization […]

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House, Senate Lawmakers Cut Tougher Penalties Against ZTE From NDAA

House and Senate lawmakers have removed a provision in the final version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill banning and reimposing sanctions against Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE, despite concerns over the company’s alleged ties to intelligence operations. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, released Monday evening, retains a provision prohibiting the […]