Archive: Congress

Senate Passes Defense Spending Bill That Backs Changes To Army Radio Buys

By Jen DiMascio The Senate last week passed the defense authorization bill for 2008, which recommends nearly a billion dollar reduction in the Army’s plans to buy tactical radios. The administration sought $2.9 billion for tactical radios–the bulk of which was included in the president’s supplemental war funding request. The bill provides only $1.4 billion […]

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The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]

Ahmadinejad Extremist Comments Seen In Iran As Eliciting Sanctions: Analyst

Extremist comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are seen by some in Iran as increasing Western pressure for sanctions against Iran, according to Barbara Slavin, senior diplomatic reporter with USA Today. She also is affiliated with the U.S. Institute for Peace, a congressionally created, publicly funded think tank. Ahmadinejad was quoted widely in media around […]

JTRS JPEO Touts Progress In Program’s Business Model

By Jen DiMascio Three years ago, a program with ambitions of connecting all of the military services with software defined radios was in trouble–in trouble with Congress and in trouble with the Defense Department. But the Joint Tactical Radio System has rebounded over time and is putting itself in a position to realize savings with […]

Gates: Helicopters, Trainers Among Top Needs In Afghanistan

The Defense Department is seeking a number of helicopters and trainers for police and military forces in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told lawmakers recently. The need is for 20 helicopters–14 for lift and six for attack–that can withstand the harsh temperatures and altitudes in the central Asian country, he told members of the House […]

Lawmakers Question Service Chiefs Over Size of Fleets, Hull Commonality

By Geoff Fein Lawmakers yesterday raised concerns with the top Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officials about fleet size and capabilities, and offered to find the funding to help the Navy build a nuclear powered cruiser. House members, led by Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), have been pushing for the […]

Defense Authorizers Call For Development of Space Protection Strategy

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 Authorization Bill. "It […]

House Passes Defense Authorization Bill

By Jen DiMascio The House yesterday approved, 370 to 49, a bill to authorize Pentagon spending in the next fiscal year. Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the legislation "authorizes critical funds to restore readiness and protect our forces in the field, making sure that our service members have […]

Virginia State Rep. To Replace Davis In Congress; Race For Saxton’s Seat Taking Shape

By Jen DiMascio Rob Whittman, a Virginia state representative and field director for the state health department, this week won a special election to replace Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va.). Davis, the ranking member of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee, and longtime supporter of the shipbuilding industry, died Oct. 6 from breast cancer. The […]

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 […]