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

Spencer Receives Warm Confirmation Hearing, Promises Accountability And Transparency

The Trump administration’s nominee to be secretary of the Navy promised increased accountability and transparency in Naval acquisition issues during a confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Richard Spencer made an overall positive impression with the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing as he vowed to consult with them like a company board of directors, […]


SASC Would Split DoD CIO Position Into Business, Warfighting Roles

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) detailed its plan to address concerns over insufficient methods of Department of Defense cyber security management and information technology (IT) acquisition by reorganizing the role of the department’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), according to its version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill released on Tuesday. In its […]

U.S. Senators John McCain, Arizona; Saxby Chambliss, Georgia; and Lindsey Graham, South Carolina; tour the Kirkuk Police Academy in northeastern Iraq as part of a congressional delegation. The senators visited military leaders in the region as part of a fact-finding mission, Nov. 23. Commander, Multi-national Division North and 1st Armored Division, Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, and Soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division accompanied the delegation during their visit in northeastern Iraq.

McCain Tears Into Army Acquisition During DoD Officials’ Confirmation Hearing

During a confirmation hearing for several senior civilian Defense Department officials, including the prospective secretary of the Army, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) attacked that service’s acquisition track record as “unbelievable” and “embarrassing.” Ryan McCarthy, who comes from Lockheed Martin [LMT] where he was vice president of sustainment for the F-35 fighter program, on July 12 […]

David Pekoske, President Donald Trump's nominee to be TSA Administrator. LinkedIn Photo.

Pekoske Stresses Leadership Continuity To Strengthen TSA

David Pekoske, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said on Tuesday that if he is confirmed he plans to remain at the agency as long as he is “able” and to look for senior leaders that also are committed to staying on. Pekoske said that he “committed” to Homeland Security […]


Bipartisan Bill To Promote Cyber Hygiene Introduced In House, Senate

A bipartisan group of legislators in the House and Senate last week introduced a bill in both chambers that directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish baseline voluntary cyber hygiene best practices for the private and public sectors and individuals. The Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act (H.R. 3010, S. 1475) calls […]

Claire Grady, acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Photo: Defense Department

DHS Management Nominee Stresses Tailored Oversight To Acquisitions

Based on her experience working in the acquisition oversight communities in both the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the Trump administration’s nominee to head up the DHS management office told a Senate panel that one lesson for her has been that oversight of acquisitions needs to be measured according to the program. Clair Grady, […]

The Air Force's X-37B unmanned spaceplane (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

HASC Votes To Keep Proposal For New Space Corps

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has rejected an attempt to derail its proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department. During a late-night debate June 28 on its fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill, the committee defeated, by voice vote, an amendment by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) that would have replaced the […]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

SASC NDAA Markup Increases Defense Base Budget By $29 Billion

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 Wednesday night, authorizing $29 billion above the Trump administration’s base budget request. The SASC voted unanimously to markup a $632 billion base defense budget that is also $18 billion more than the House Armed Services […]

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SASC Backs Shanahan For Deputy Defense Secretary

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved by voice vote June 28 the nomination of former Boeing [BA] executive Patrick Shanahan to be deputy secretary of defense. The committee’s action came after Shanahan submitted 10 pages of revised answers to the panel’s “advance policy questions.” At his June 20 confirmation, Shanahan drew fire from Sen. […]

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.)

HASC Democrats To Offer Climate-Change Amendment

Democrats plan to propose an amendment on the national security implications of climate change when the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) marks up its fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill June 28. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), the ranking member of the HASC’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, is expected to spearhead the amendment. While President Donald Trump […]