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Lawmakers Make Nuclear Posture Review Recommendations

A group of senators on Wednesday encouraged the U.S. secretaries of state, defense, and energy to implement a set of actions in the ongoing Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) process meant to increase transparency and reinforce national nuclear policy positions. In a July 19 letter, Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and 20 of their […]

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

House Approves First Bill To Reauthorize DHS

The House on Thursday approved the first ever bill to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security, approving the legislation on a 386 to 41 vote, sending it to the Senate. President Donald Trump praised passage of the bill, noting that it authorizes the department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency “for the first time,” adding that […]

Pat Shanahan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be deputy secretary of defense. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

Shanahan Confirmed, Sworn In As Pentagon Deputy

Former Boeing [BA] executive Patrick Shanahan was sworn in as the 33rd deputy secretary of defense during an informal ceremony July 19, a day after the Senate voted, 92-7, to confirm him as the Pentagon’s second-ranking official. Sen. Jack Reid (D-R.I.), ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), endorsed Shanahan before the vote, […]

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USAF Gen. Paul Selva
(Photo: U.S. Air Force)

DoD To Seek Funding Shift To Shore Up Innovation Unit

The Department of Defense plans to send a reprogramming request to Congress to ensure the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) does not run out of money for the rest of the current fiscal year, a top military officer said July 18. DoD, which has placed “tremendous demands” on DIUx, began developing the reprogramming proposal after […]

Ellen Lord, former Textron Systems president and CEO. Photo courtesy of Textron.

DoD Acquisition Nominee Eyes Greater Role For Commercial Technology

Ellen Lord, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Pentagon acquisition chief, said July 18 that she will push the Defense Department to make “far more use” of commercial technology if she is confirmed by the Senate. “Congress has provided many authorities to the Department of Defense over the last couple of years that could be more […]

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House Intel Bill Wants Report On Foreign Cyber Threats To U.S. Elections

The House Intelligence Committee last Thursday approved a bill directing the Director of National Intelligence to publish on line a report on foreign counterintelligence and cyber security threats to elections for federal offices. The report will include a description of the counterintelligence and cyber efforts against federal elections, best practices that campaigns and use to […]

Sen. Tom Cottton, R-Ark.

Cotton Doubles Down On INF-Range Program Provisions In NDAA

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday the United States should work to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia while taking concrete steps to develop military capabilities similar to those prohibited by the accord, as covered in the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “For the […]

Richard Spencer, President Trump's nominee as the 76th secretary of the Navy. Photo: Center for a New American Security.

Committee Approves Spencer As Navy Secretary

Following a generally cordial confirmation hearing Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved the nomination of Richard Spencer to be secretary of the Navy on Thursday. The committee approved the nomination by voice vote and then immediately reported it to the Senate floor, which must vote for final confirmation. Spencer is a financial industry […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee June 13. (DoD photo)

Secretary Mattis Urges Congress To Nix Proposed Space Corps

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is urging Congress to reject a House proposal to set up a space corps in the Air Force Department, saying that the provision in the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill could harm the Defense Department’s ability to coordinate its space activities. “At a time when we are trying to integrate […]