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White House Wants $65M For DOE Work On Low-Yield Warhead In 2019

The White House wants $65 million in fiscal 2019 for the Department of Energy’s work on the low-yield ballistic-missile warhead called for in the latest Nuclear Posture Review, a weapon Congress must authorize before the agency can start building it. The Donald Trump administration made the funding request official Friday in proposed amendments to the […]

Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper attends an Army Full Honors Arrival Ceremony hosted by the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley at Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia, Jan. 5, 2018. Esper was recently appointed as the 23rd Secretary of the Army. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Anna Pol)

Thankful For Two-Year Cash Infusion, Army Officials Plead For Funding Beyond 2019

Army officials are thankful for the funding bump and short-term stability Congress has provided for the next two years, but no time is being wasted in asking lawmakers to continue increasing the service’s topline beyond 2019. On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said the past […]

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

Feinstein Won’t Vote for DoE Budget That Includes B83 Bomb

The ranking Democrat on the Senate panel that writes the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) annual funding bill said Wednesday she would not vote for a budget that keeps the B83 nuclear gravity bomb in service. Meanwhile, New Mexico’s senior senator laid into the Energy Department subagency’s top official about plans to move production of […]

An AC-130J taxis the runway for its first official sortie Jan. 31, 2014, at Eglin AFB, Fla. Photo: Air Force.

AFSOC Lines Up Partial Funding For Laser Gunship Demo

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is making progress in getting funding to demonstrate a laser gunship prototype but remains well short of what it needs, according to the command’s leader. AFSOC, which wants to test a 60-kilowatt, solid-state laser on an AC-130 gunship by fiscal year 2022, is poised to receive $34 million […]

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) (Photo courtesy of Shelby's office)

Sen. Shelby Takes Helm Of Appropriations Committee And Defense Subcommittee

Senate Republicans formally tapped Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) April 10 to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC). Shelby, whose appointment had been expected due to his seniority, announced later in the day that he will also chair the SAC’s defense (SAC-D) subcommittee.  “I am proud to take on a larger role, helping to secure funding […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

HASC To Begin FY 2019 Markups In Late April

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) announced March 29 that it plans to begin considering the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill in late April. All six of its subcommittees are scheduled to conduct their markups on April 26, the committee said. Readiness will go first, followed by emerging threats and capabilities, military personnel, tactical […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (Army photo)

DoD Leaders Discuss How To Spend New Omnibus Funding

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he met with the service secretaries and other top Pentagon officials March 26 to discuss how the Department of Defense will properly manage the financial infusion it expects to receive from the recently enacted fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations act. The $1.3-trillion omnibus, which contains $700 billion for defense, an […]

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

Projected NNSA Budgets Can Handle Low-Yield Warhead, DoE Officials Tell Congress

Energy Secretary Rick Perry and the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) both assured Congress last week that the two new low-yield warheads called for in the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review can fit in projected agency budgets. Perry and NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty faced the same question Thursday on separate sides of […]