Archive: Congress

Allied Nations Interested In Buying THAAD Ballistic Missile Defense Systems

Space Based Radar Needed Because Ground Radars Blind In Some Spots Europeans Would Welcome Mobile Kinetic Energy Interceptor Missile Defense Some nations are interested in buying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defense (BMD) system, John Young, the chief Pentagon weapons buyer, told Congress. THAAD, made by prime contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. […]

Lawmakers Weigh Combining Two Years Worth of War Supplemental Measures

By Emelie Rutherford The Senate will wait and see what the House does on a proposal to merge fiscal year 2008 and 2009 supplemental war-funding measures into one large bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said yesterday. House leaders have been weighing a plan to combine the remaining FY ’08 supplemental request for the […]

Battle Brewing On Hill Over Adding To Final FY ’08 GWOT Supplemental

By Emelie Rutherford The White House budget chief yesterday emphasized the president plans to veto the fiscal year 2008 war supplemental bill if lawmakers add unrequested funding, suggesting that veto threat extends to added vehicles and weapons if they increase the price of the $108 billion proposal. Talking to reporters after Senate appropriators grilled him […]

AIA Seeks Focus On Defense Modernization Issues

By Ann Roosevelt The Aerospace Industry Association (AIA)’s newest report finds a defense budget squeeze coming that will affect the next administration and wants presidential candidates to address the specifics of how they’ll manage budget pressures and make future defense investments to keep the U.S. military on the cutting edge. "It is an absolutely critical […]

Justice Department Preparing To Implement IWN In FY ’09

A year after awarding a potential multi-billion dollar contract to General Dynamics [GD] to develop and build a wireless communications network that links federal security officials and state and local first responders, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is seeking about $25 million to begin the program in FY ’09. In its budget documents released in […]

Marine Corps Proceeds With Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, Congressional Concerns Remain

By Emelie Rutherford The Marine Corps is moving forward with the once-troubled Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) development program, with a key Pentagon meeting planned for next month followed by possible orders for revised prototypes. "It’s a significant time in the program," said Donald Kotchman, deputy, General Dynamics [GD] Amphibious Systems. The General Dynamics-developed EFV is […]

Price Outlines Shortcomings In DHS Budget Request

The chairman of the House panel that oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) yesterday said that the FY ’09 budget request for Homeland Security is essentially flat and doesn’t meet ongoing needs. "Such a flat budget fails to address many of the nation’s continuing and unmet homeland security needs," Rep. David Price […]

DHS Continues To Struggle With Acquisition Management, GAO Says

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made some progress in how it organizes and manages acquisition activities, but still lacks accountability for how it spends and oversees procurement dollars, an official with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said yesterday. "A common theme in our work on acquisition management is DHS’s struggle […]

Orion-Ares Spaceship Program Faces Myriad Risks Of Cost Overruns, Delays: GAO

Excessive Rocket Vibration, Another Problem, May Be Resolved With Design Changes The Constellation Program to develop the next-generation Orion-Ares spaceship faces multiple risks of technology development problems, schedule delays and cost overruns, according to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal watchdog agency. Excessive thrust oscillation vibration caused by the Ares rocket, a history […]