Archive: Congress

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Photo: Air Force.

OMB Blasts House Proposal To Replace Air Force’s JSTARS Planes With New Aircraft

The Trump administration “objects” to a provision in the House version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill that would require the Air Force to replace its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance planes with new aircraft, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In a May 22 statement of administration policy […]

The Air Force wants to replace its aging UH-1N helicopter. Photo: Air Force.

GAO Rejects Sikorsky’s Protest Of Air Force Huey Replacement Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has rebuffed a pre-contract-award protest that Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin [LMT] company, had filed over the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program. The “GAO concluded that the protest grounds were either without merit, untimely, or in some cases, premature,” GAO attorney Kenneth Patton said in a statement late May 22.  […]

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Senate Appropriations Panel Would Fund Low-Yield Ballistic Missile in 2019

The National Nuclear Security Administration would receive not quite $15 billion if a Department of Energy budget bill approved Tuesday by a Senate Appropriations subcommittee becomes law. The bulk of the money — $10.9 billion — would fund nuclear-weapon operations at the semiautonomous Department of Energy agency, with the rest split almost evenly between nuclear […]

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)

Senator Urges More Scrutiny Of Arms Exports

A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged his fellow lawmakers May 22 to increase their scrutiny of arms exports to minimize the United States’ role in causing civilian casualties. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said at a Stimson Center conference that few arms sales are debated in Congress even though the United States is the world’s […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]