Archive: Congress

AH-64 Apache Helicopters
Photo: U.S. Army

Congress Adds Funding And Training Dollars, Calls For Aviation Studies To Divert Crisis

Included in the compromise defense authorization bill for fiscal 2019 is more than $40 billion aimed squarely at ending the aviation crisis that already has claimed 25 servicemembers’ lives in 2018. The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report authorizes that amount to “begin to overcome the crisis in military aviation by getting more aircraft […]

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Photo: Air Force.

House, Senate Negotiated FY ’19 NDAA Cuts JSTARS Replacement Program

House and Senate lawmakers in the negotiated version of their respective fiscal 2019 defense policy bills have agreed to prohibit the Air Force from retiring its current fleet of ground-surveillance planes until 2028 while authorizing funding to advance the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) update program, according to Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) Scott, a member […]


House Committee Highlights Capability Gaps With Coast Guard’s Medium Endurance Cutters

The Coast Guard faces a growing capability gap between the times its current fleet of medium-endurance cutters retires and when its fleet of new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) finishes coming on line, according to a House panel that oversees policy authorities for the service. “The ongoing recapitalization of the Service’s cutters was planned two decades […]


House Expected To Vote On FY 19 NDAA Conference Report Next Week

The House is expected to vote next week on a conference report that settles differences between its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill and the Senate’s legislation. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will bring the report on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the House floor for consideration ahead of […]

Ratcliffe Introduces Bill To Codify And Evolve Cyber Security Program

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) on Wednesday introduced legislation that codifies an existing federal cyber security program and ensures that it is continues to evolve to changing threats. The bill is focused on the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, under which the Department of Homeland Security and federal civilian agencies can purchase an array of […]

Legislation in the Senate and House would enable testing and evaluation of counter UAS systems in the U.S. Shown above is Fortem Technologies DroneHunter, which is a small UAS equipped with a radar detecting, classifying and mitigating potential drone threats. Photo: Fortem Technologies

White House Gives Support To Senate Counter Drone Bill

The White House late Tuesday issued a statement of support for a bill circulating in the Senate that would give the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security limited authorities to detect, track and mitigate potential threats from small drones, they kind that typically can be purchased commercially by anyone. The statement from the White House […]


House Passes Resolution Committing To On-Time Defense Appropriations; NDAA Conference Continues

Lawmakers on Tuesday passed a resolution to commit to providing the Pentagon with a fully authorized, on-time budget as the House and Senate continue negotiations on the respective versions of their FY ’19 defense authorization bills ahead of a July 27 deadline to complete work on a conference agreement. Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) resolution cites […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, addresses reporters before beginning FY19 NDAA conferences. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

House, Senate Expect To Finish FY 19 Defense Bill Negotiations By July 27

The House and Senate began negotiations Wednesday to reconcile differences between their fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bills, with lawmakers expecting to finish the process by July 27. The Senate voted 91-8 Tuesday evening to move to conference and start the process of deliberating its $716 billion version of the annual defense spending bill with […]

CACI International sells its SkyTracker Counter UAS solutions for detecting, tracking and mitigating potential drone threats. Graphic: CACI International

DoD Counter UAS Efforts Creating Framework For Homeland Applications, FAA Official Says

Work done by the Defense Department to thwart potential threats posed by remotely piloted aircraft to its facilities in the U.S. is laying the “foundation” for the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to rollout similar capabilities in the homeland once they’ve been granted authorities to do, an official with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]