Archive: Congress

Senate Likely To OK Nomination For Pentagon’s Top Weapons-Buying Position

By Jen DiMascio Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) yesterday gave every indication that it would support the nomination of John Young to be the Pentagon’s next top weapons buyer. If his nomination is approved, Young will take the helm of the Pentagon’s weapons shop, which is battling cost growth and schedule overruns […]

Senate Agrees To Defense Spending Bill

The Senate this week passed a bill to fund the defense department in fiscal year 2008. Just before the Senate agreed to the bill, the leaders of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee agreed to consider in conference the need to provide additional Stryker Brigade Combat Teams for the National Guard. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and […]

Obey To Hold Supplemental As Bargaining Chip To End Combat Operations In Iraq

By Jen DiMascio The leader of the House Appropriations Committee (HAC) yesterday vowed to block a war supplemental from moving forward unless the president agrees to change course in Iraq. "As chairman of the appropriations committee, I have absolutely no intention of reporting out of committee anytime in this session of Congress any such request […]

Senate Agrees To Amendment Directing Funding For

By Jen DiMascio Just before the Senate passed its version of the FY ’08 Defense Authorization Bill, the chamber agreed to an amendment that would make clear how funding for the Navy’s Virginia-class submarine should be spent. The concern, according to congressional and industry sources, is that because of differing marks on the bill, it […]

Senate Poised To Pass Defense Authorization Bill

By Jen DiMascio The Senate was poised late yesterday to pass the bill to authorize the Pentagon to spend $648.8 billion during the fiscal year. From here, a conference committee will work on the differences in the bill before it is approved and sent to the president, who has threatened to veto the bill over […]

Administration Forwards U.S.-U.K. Military Trade Treaty To Senate

By Jen DiMascio The administration on Sept. 20 submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee an agreement to loosen trade restrictions on military equipment between the U.S. and the U.K. The agreement would create an exemption International Traffic in Arms Regulations for military hardware and software being used to facilitate cooperation between the U.S. and […]

Senators Support Amendment To Block B-52 Fleet Cuts

By Jen DiMascio Senators last week approved an amendment that blocks the Pentagon’s plan to reduce the number of B-52 bombers in its fleet. The Pentagon has been trying to reduce its bomber fleet for years to save money to modernize remaining bombers. The Defense Department position was articulated in the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review, […]

AIA Backs U.S./U.K. Defense Trade Treaty

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) executive committee urged the Senate to approve the U.S./U.K. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty that would ease controls on trade in defense technology goods between the two nations. That treaty would provide for reducing barriers to the exchange of defense goods, services, and information between American and British interests, according to […]

Department Of Defense Lacks Funds Required For Adequate Performance

Even before the baby boom generation retires and begins using expensive Social Security and medical programs, the Department of Defense is sorely underfunded, according to a report from The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank. Pentagon needs for everything from missile defense to combat operations, from procurement of weapons systems to personnel costs, require […]

GMD Missile Defense System Succeeds In Test, As Congress Mulls European Site

The Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system aced a test against a long-range ballistic missile target, just as Congress is poised to decide the financial fate of plans to extend the GMD system to Europe. In the test, a target missile was sent aloft from the Kodiak Launch Complex at Kodiak, Alaska, the Missile Defense […]