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Senate Appropriators Boost Defense Cyber Programs, Decrease Funding For Those Showing Slow Progress

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) released its markup of a $651 billion defense bill for fiscal year 2018 on Tuesday and is requesting several defense cyber capabilities programs receive increased funding and called on projects showing slow progress to receive less funding than previously authorized in the White House’s budget request. . The committee’s explanatory […]

A U.S. Air Force T-38 training jet. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Base Halts Flying After T-38 Crash

Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas has suspended flight operations through the Thanksgiving weekend following the fatal crash of one of its T-38 Talon trainer jets. The pause will allow the base to scrutinize its operations, the Air Force said. Flying is expected to resume Nov. 27. The Nov. 21 announcement came a day after […]

CH-47F Chinook and AH-64E Apache. Photo courtesy Boeing.

Senate Appropriators Boost Army Vehicle, Aircraft Funding By Billions

Army aircraft and combat vehicle procurement stand to receive billions in additional funding under a funding bill proposed by Senate appropriators on Nov. 21.   The Senate Appropriations Committee added more than $1 billion to the Army’s fiscal 2018 request of $3.4 billion for combat vehicle procurement and modernization. A majority share of that increase […]

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Senate Appropriators Direct DHS Accelerate Program To Protect Federal Networks

Senate appropriators are proposing a slight increase in overall operations and procurement accounts for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cyber security efforts, including additional funds to accelerate a program that protects helps protect the networks of federal civilian departments and agencies. The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) is recommending $992.6 million for operations and support, […]

An M551A1 Sheridan light tank during Operation Desert Shield.

Army Releases RFP For New Infantry Light Tank, Plans To Buy 500 Vehicles

The Army has released a request for proposals (RFP) for Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), laying out for industry plans to purchase up to 504 light tanks to accompany infantry brigades into combat. MPF should provide Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) with “protected, long range, cyber resilient, precision, direct fire capability for early/forcible entry operations,” according […]

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and defense subcommittee

Senate Unveils $651 Billion FY 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) on Nov. 21 unveiled a nearly $651 billion fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill that adds $15.4 billion to the Trump administration’s budget request to boost such areas as aircraft procurement, missile defense, readiness and shipbuilding. The release of the chairman’s mark paves the way for negotiations with the House, which […]

A Delta 2 rocket lifts off with the JPSS-1 satellite. (Credit: NASA)

NASA, NOAA Launch JPSS-1 Weather Satellite On ULA Rocket

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have launched the first of four Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellites, which are designed to provide more accurate weather forecasts than existing polar-orbiting satellites. JPSS-1 lifted off on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:47 […]

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and defense subcommittee

Cochran’s Mark For DHS Provides For 10th National Security Cutter

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on Tuesday released his funding recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in FY ’18, including construction of a 10th National Security Cutter (NSC) for the Coast Guard and long-lead material funds for the 11th vessel. The Coast Guard’s program of record for the 418-foot high-endurance NSCs […]

Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper.

After Swearing In, Army Secretary Prioritizes Near-Term Readiness

Former Raytheon [RTN] lobbyist and West Point graduate Mark T. Esper was sworn in Nov. 21 as Secretary of the Army, adopting near-term readiness as his top priority as the service’s 23rd senior civilian leader. Esper is the final confirmed service secretary to take office under the Trump administration. Acting secretaries have held the position […]

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Amazon Launches Cloud Service Platform For Intelligence Community’s Classified Data

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new cloud computing platform catered toward the Intelligence Community’s (IC) need for transferring data designated at the “Secret” level. The new AWS Secret Region, announced Monday, is available to IC partners through Amazon’s [AMZN] current Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract and allows for high-priority security of classified information. […]