Archive: Congress

Air Force Space Budget Request Includes Increase In Situational Awareness Funding

By Jen DiMascio The president is asking for approximately $8.6 billion to fund research, development and purchasing of Air Force space platforms for fiscal year 2009, including a 21 percent increase in funding for programs that respond to the threat seen after the Chinese launched weapons against their own satellite last year. In addition, the […]

Coast Guard Delivers $9 Billion Budget, $1.2 Billion For Recapitalization Efforts

By Geoff Fein The Coast Guard has requested more than $9 billion dollars for its FY ’09 budget that includes $1.2 billion for recapitalizing the service’s fleet of vessels as well as improving command and control and intelligence gathering. Additionally, the Coast Guard will publish its first-ever posture statement along with the budget, a Coast […]

Bush Seeks $50.5 Billion Budget For Homeland Security

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is asking Congress for nearly $51 billion in FY ’09, a 7 percent increase from the current budget, with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tallying the largest increases in terms of absolute dollars. To help pay for the increase, […]

Navy’s $41 Billion Procurement Request Includes Fewer VH-71s, LCS

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s $149.3 billion FY ’09 budget request includes $41.1 billion for ships, aircraft and weapons procurement in FY ’09, but removes four VH-71 presidential helicopters and four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) from the plan projected at the release of last year’s budget. The new budget, released yesterday, includes seven new construction […]

Army $140.7 Billion FY ’09 Budget Request Continues Growth, Focuses On Soldiers, Balance

By Ann Roosevelt The Army’s $140.7 billion request in the FY ’09 president’s budget request is $12.3 billion, or 9.6 percent higher than the $128.9 billion FY ’08 projected for enacted funds and is intended to balance immediate warfighting needs with developing systems soldiers need for the future. The Army requests $51.8 billion, or 38 […]

Air Force Seeks $143.9 Billion In FY ’09 Dollars

By Jen DiMascio The president yesterday submitted to Congress a budget for $143.9 billion in Air Force funding, including $41 billion for modernization. The request for the second year defies a congressional mandate to develop two engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Congress provided $134.6 billion last year, but service officials said that […]

President Requests $515.4 Billion For Basic Defense Funding In FY ’09

By Jen DiMascio The president yesterday asked Congress to approve $515.4 billion to fund the Pentagon’s basic operations in fiscal year 2009–along with an initial $70 billion placeholder request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That represents a 7.5 percent increase, or 35.9 billion more than what Congress approved last year, according to Defense […]

Bush Budget Seeks $74 Million In Fiscal 2009 To Replace NPOESS Sensors

By Dave Ahearn President Bush will add $74 million to his fiscal 2009 budget plan to help place sensors on future satellites that were removed in 2006 from the planned National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) satellites, according to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The money will be placed […]

Granger Rejoins House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee

By Jen DiMascio Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) is reclaiming her seat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, which she gave up when Republicans lost the majority in the House during the 2007 elections. The seat was opened when then Rep. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) was appointed to the Senate to replace Sen. Trent Lott. Granger won […]