Archive: Congress

HASC Panel Releases Report To Prompt Discussion of DoD Reform

By Jen DiMascio A House Armed Services Committee (HASC) panel released a study last week on the Defense Department’s roles and missions intended as a "brainstorming" session to kick off an open-ended discussion about potentially sweeping changes to the Pentagon and across the administration. Although the report, a collection of essays about 700 words long, […]

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Brass Don’t Say As Senators Ask Who Built Failed Satellite Whodunit? Senators asked at a hearing which company or firms built that U.S. intelligence satellite that failed completely just after launch, forcing the Navy to alter a missile defense system and shoot it down. But high-ranking Pentagon officials testifying at the hearing said the senators […]

TSAT May Not Launch Until After 2018, Senate Panel Hears

House Panel: Concern That Budget Plans May Short TSAT By $4 Billion, Delaying It By At Least Two Years The Transformational Satellite (TSAT) communications program is slipping into the future, and now may not launch the first satellite until sometime after 2018, key lawmakers were told. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), chairman of the Senate Armed […]

House Panel Begins Mulling Whether Missile Defense Is Worthwhile

Witnesses Agree Rogue Nations Gain Nuclear/Missile Capabilities, But Differ On Whether Threat Of Strike On U.S. Justifies BMD Program While U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs have scored multiple successes in shooting down target weapons, staying mostly on schedule and keeping within recent budget estimates, lawmakers last week began raising existential questions about whether BMD […]

Key Lawmaker: NASA Budget Too Low, But Major Increases May Have To Wait Until New President Is In Office Next Year

Bipartisan Support In Congress For Bigger NASA Budget, But Bush May Again Thwart That Move This Year So A Possibility Is Using Continuing Budget Resolution Through Next January, Then Sending Increased Fiscal 2009 NASA Budget To Newly-Elected President Sometime Early Next Year House appropriations lawmakers will increase the total $17.6 billion NASA budget that President […]

Taylor Offers Shipbuilding Deal To Navy Leadership

By Jen DiMascio The leader of a House subcommittee yesterday presented the Navy Secretary and Chief of Naval Operations with a deal on shipbuilding. The Navy wants to waive an agreement it made last year to maintain a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers. Noting that such a proposal "would probably be dead on arrival in […]

Members of Congress May Seek To Overturn Tanker Decision

By Jen DiMascio and Emelie Rutherford Regardless of whether the Air Force acted legally and responsibly in its decision to choose Northrop Grumman [NOC] to build the service’s next aerial refueling tankers, lawmakers may still move to overturn the decision. "I think the decision was based on the law. I think [the Air Force] followed […]

Lawmakers Draw Battle Lines On Tanker Competition

By Jen DiMascio If yesterday was any indication, the Air Force’s hope for a quick start to development of aerial refueling tankers after last week’s contract award is unlikely to materialize. The combination of union support for leading Democrats with conservative Republican support for keeping military manufacturing on U.S. shores makes for a wide alliance […]

Lawmakers Press For Hearings On Tanker Award

By Jen DiMascio A senior member of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee and other lawmakers are pressing for hearings on the Air Force’s decision to award Northrop Grumman [NOC] a contract to develop the service’s next generation of aerial refueling tanker aircraft. They are also trying to move up an Air Force debriefing for Boeing […]

Some Democratic And GOP Lawmakers Believe That NASA Is Underfunded

By Dave Ahearn Some Democrats and Republicans, people in both the legislative and executive branches, and independent observers all agree on one point: NASA is underfunded and unable to continue providing a robust manned space program, science and research activities, aeronautics and more at a level worthy of a first-rank superpower nation, the United States. […]