Archive: Congress

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Team JSTARS install engine inlet covers after completing a preflight inspection on an E-8C Joint STARS during exercise Valiant Shield 18 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 16, 2018. Valiant Shield 18 is a biennial, U.S.-only, field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces in relation to current operational plans. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. Team JSTARS, consisting of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th ACW, active duty personnel assigned to the 461st ACW and Army JSTARS, provides a unique, manned, joint airborne command control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability to combatant commanders worldwide. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons)

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract to Upgrade JSTARS Computers

Northrop Grumman [NOC] continues to supply upgrades to the Air Force’s E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) aircraft as the service hones its plan for a follow-on network of systems. The company was awarded a $17.5 million contract for a fifth-generation upgrade to the aircraft’s central computers on Sept. 27. The upgrade, which […]

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In FAA Bill, Senate Passes TSA Reauthorization, Counter-Drone Measures

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a five-year reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes additional legislative measures that would also reauthorize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and provide limited authorities to the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to deploy technologies to defeat potential threats from aerial drones. The bipartisan FAA […]

The final piece of the underwater hull of the future aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is lowered into place at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by John Whalen/Released)

HASC Member Pushing Bill to Include Workforce Incentives in DoD Contracts

A member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will push a bill to add new incentives for industry members to include workforce development in their bids for defense programs in the next Congress. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, has introduced the Developing the National Security Workforce Act, H.R. […]

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House Passes DoD Budget, Trump Expected to Sign

The House on Wednesday passed the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2019 (FY’19) funding bill by a veto-proof majority, essentially ensuring that the Pentagon will have its funding on time for the first time in nearly a decade. The House approved the conference version of H.R. 6157, the minibus bill which includes funding for the Departments […]

Marines from South Korea, Thailand and the United States set up their assault amphibious vehicles for a group photo at Hat Yao Beach, Rayong province, Thailand, after coming ashore from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Feb. 17, 2018. The Marines participated in an amphibious assault in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2018. Cobra Gold is one of the largest exercises in the Indo-Pacific region and improves the capabilities of participating nations in the event of a regional contingency or natural disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Lee Brown)

Canceled Joint Exercise Has Hurt Readiness, Says Nominee to Lead US Forces Korea

U.S. forces and allies stationed along the Korean peninsula have suffered a “slight degradation in readiness” following the cancellation of a major joint exercise in August, the nominee for the post of U.S. Forces Korea commander said Tuesday. “There was certainly degradation to the readiness of … the combined forces” as a result of the […]

HASC Chair Has Not Planned Hearing on Bill to Ban Low-Yield Warhead

The House Armed Services Committee so far does not plan a hearing on a Democrat-sponsored bill to ban development of a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, the panel’s chairman said Tuesday. In a press gaggle with Capitol Hill reporters, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said the House would soon recess until the Nov. 6 midterm elections, […]

The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense.  DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

House to Vote Wednesday To Fund DoD On Time for First Time in Nine Years

The House could vote to pass the fiscal year 2019 (FY’19) appropriations bill to fund the Department of Defense (DoD) and several other agencies on Wednesday, funding the Pentagon ahead of the end of the fiscal year for the first time in nearly a decade, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chairman said Tuesday. “I […]

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NASA Leader Pushing to Commercialize Low Earth Orbit

NASA must look for ways to commercialize activity in low Earth orbit so that it can focus on getting humans back on the moon and onto Mars, Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, said Monday. Speaking at a Washington Space Business Roundtable lunch even in Washington, D.C., Bridenstine said he is looking for space industry partners, non-traditional […]

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First Ever TSA Reauthorization Included In FAA Bill

A congressional bill that that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) includes a separate amendment aimed at modernizing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), including a provision that would provide for a five-year term for the head of TSA. The TSA Modernization Act is the first reauthorization of TSA, which stood up in Nov. 2001 […]

Fortem Technologies' DroneHunter counter UAS system can track and monitor small drone threats. The system can also shoot a net at an airborne drone to disable it and lower to the ground. Photo: Fortem Technologies

Counter Drone Measure Included In Bipartisan House, Senate FAA Agreement

House and Senate conferees last Saturday evening reached agreement on a bipartisan, long-term reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes legislation allowing the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to counter threats posed by drones in limited circumstances. The counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) legislation also allows DHS to research, develop and […]