Archive: Congress

Orbital's Minotaur IV launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 26, 2017, carrying the ORS-5 space-tracing satellite. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Air Force Pursuing Makeover For Operationally Responsive Space Office

The U.S. Air Force is beefing up the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office to help the 11-year-old organization improve its ability to quickly develop urgently needed space capabilities, service Secretary Heather Wilson said May 17. The Air Force is adding about 50 people to the office, which is based at Kirtland Air Force Base in New […]


TSA Plans To Add More Bomb Sniffing Dogs To Checkpoints This Summer

Amid expectations for even higher airline travel this summer than last, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is adding more personnel and bomb sniffing dog teams at airports to enhance security and minimize checkpoint wait times, an agency official told a House panel on Thursday. TSA will have 50 more passenger screening canine teams in place […]


House NNSA Budget Would Fund Low-Yield Warhead, But Not Pit Production in S.C.

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) would get the $65 million it seeks in fiscal 2019 for a low-yield nuclear warhead, but nothing for a new warhead-core factory in South Carolina, under a budget bill approved Wednesday by the House Appropriations Committee. Overall, the NNSA would receive more than $15 billion for 2019: 4.5 percent […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

DHS Issues Cyber Security Strategy While White House Eliminates Cyber Position

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday released its strategy for securing the homeland against cyber attacks and illicit cyber activity, the same day the White House reportedly eliminated the position of cyber security coordinator from the National Security Council. The new strategy, which creates a framework for DHS to carry out its cyber security […]

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Counter Drone Bill To Protect Homeland Assets

A small bipartisan group of Senators on Monday introduced legislation that would give the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice authorities to defeat threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to certain facilities and assets. The bill comes as the two departments are completing work on a proposal to Congress for legislative authorities to disrupt […]


NDAA Measure Encourages Training Infantry Like Jet Pilots, Fielding More Tactical Drones

Nestled within a block of relatively uncontroversial additions to the 2019 defense authorization bill is an amendment encouraging the Defense Department to invest in upgrading the battlefield effectiveness of infantry troops, recognizing they are as important a tactical capability as pilots or the aircraft they fly. Offered by Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), the amendment adds […]

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Wittman Sketches Shipbuilding Challenges: Maintain $26 Billion But Add $3 Billion When Columbia Subs Start

The chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) seapower panel on Thursday said the FY ’18 shipbuilding authorization of $26.2 billion should be maintained before adding $3 billion when the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) starts production. “I think even the Navy hasn’t been as direct as they need to be with the 30-year […]

Capitol at night---cropped---MS photo

HASC Passes FY 2019 Defense Authorization Bill After All-Day Debate

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved its fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill by a 60-1 vote early May 10 after more than 14 hours of deliberations on various amendments. The committee voted, 33-28 to approve an amendment by Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) to preserve the Department of Defense’s Test Resource Management Center (TRMC). […]


DoD Nominee: U.S. Talent Not Focused On Future Weapons

China has shot ahead of the United States in developing futuristic military technologies like hypersonics and artificial intelligence because the Pentagon’s risk-averse culture repels the innovative talent needed to tackle those problems, according to a prospective Defense Department scientist. The United States is falling behind its most potent strategic competitor not because it lacks the […]


HASC Backs Independent Review Of Military Aviation Mishaps

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved a proposal May 9 to create an independent commission to study a recent surge in fatal military aviation accidents. The proposal by Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the HASC’s ranking member, came in the form of an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill. The committee approved […]