Archive: Congress

Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security. LinkedIn photo.

Senate Committee Approves Nielsen Nomination To Lead DHS

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee late Tuesday afternoon voted 11 to 4 to advance the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of Homeland Security. Four Democrats voted against the nomination: Sens. Tom Carper (Del.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Margaret Hassan (N.H.) and Gary Peters (Mich.). The confirmation vote was originally planned for […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

Kaspersky Products On Systems Of 15 Percent Of Federal Civilian Agencies, DHS Official Says

Preliminary findings of a mandatory review of federal computer networks for the presence of a Russian-made anti-virus software that may actually pose an information security risk show that the products are on computer systems of about 15 percent of civilian agencies, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official disclosed on Tuesday. So far, 94 percent […]

Artist's illustration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Photo: NASA.

NASA Delays First SLS Launch By Over A Year

NASA has delayed the first flight of its Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket and Orion crew capsule by over a year, to December 2019, an agency official said Nov. 9. While a recent NASA review made the case for an even longer delay, to June 2020, “the agency has chosen to manage to a […]

Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security. LinkedIn photo.

Panel Delays Vote On Nielsen Pending Answers To Senators’ Questions

A Senate panel on Thursday postponed a confirmation vote on Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security until at least Monday until she supplies answers to nearly 200 questions the committee posed following her nomination hearing on Wednesday. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, addressing […]

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

Senate Panel Backs Bridenstine To Head NASA

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Nov. 8 narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator. By a party-line 14-13 vote, the panel sent Bridenstine’s nomination to the full Senate for its consideration. Before the committee vote, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the panel’s top Democrat, reiterated his opposition to having a […]

SASC Approves Esper For Army Secretary

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved by voice vote Nov. 7 the nomination of Raytheon [RTN] executive Mark Esper to be Army secretary. As part of that vote, the SASC also approved Joseph Kernan to be undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Robert Wilkie to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness and Guy […]

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At Hearing Nominees Vow To Improve Navy Acquisition, Audit of Navy

Nominations for top Defense Department positions told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a Tuesday confirmation hearing they intend to support efforts to improve the Navy’s operations and acquisitions as well as Department-wide weapons testing and evaluations. Thomas Modly, nominated as Under Secretary of the Navy, acknowledged in his opening statement that he agrees the […]

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Stakeholders Outline Benefits Of DHS S&T, And Areas For Improvement

Industry, academia and first responders all benefit from the funding and work performed by the research branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but there are areas for improvement, including closer integration with agency components, consistent resourcing, and reasserting leadership in biodefense for the homeland, various officials told a House panel on Tuesday. The […]

A Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Interceptor is launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif. as part of Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Administration Asks Congress for Billions More To Fund Extra Missile Defense, Ship Repairs, And Troops

The Trump administration sent Congress a set of Defense Department Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget amendments on Monday to increase funding for missile defense, repair damaged Navy ships, and increase Afghanistan troop levels. The letter introducing the request covers about $4 billion in additional efforts to defend against the threat of North Korean missiles through […]

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Senate Committee Questions Army Secretary Hopeful’s Ties To Raytheon

The only friction Mark Esper encountered with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of the Army was concern his previous affiliation with Raytheon [RTN] would further stack the Pentagon with defense industry executives. Esper, head of Raytheon’s government relations and a West Point graduate, was tapped on […]