Archive: Congressional/Budget

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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Senate Cancels Traditional August Recess To Ease Work Backlog

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced June 5 that his chamber will skip the traditional August congressional recess to work through a pile of appropriations bills and presidential nominations. “I think we have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during these weeks,” McConnell told reporters.  McConnell attributed the […]

Air Force One is currently a Boeing 747-200B. Photo: White House.

Air Force Nixes Controversial Contract To Replace Air Force One Refrigerators

The U.S. Air Force, which faced congressional skepticism over a $24-million sole-source contract to replace the refrigerators on the Air Force One presidential jets, has decided to scrap the deal. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) in a May 29 letter that the service and White House Military Office have agreed […]

The U.S. Air Force's A-10. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force To Award Contract For New A-10 Wings Next Spring

The U.S. Air Force, which recently launched a competition to replace the wings on some of its aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft, plans to pick a winning bidder and award a contract in spring 2019, a service spokeswoman said May 30. The Air Force released a request for proposals May 25, setting an Aug. […]

Boeing's F-15. Photo: Boeing.

Air Force’s New F-15 Self-Defense System Nears Flight Tests

The Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), which is intended to improve the ability of U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jets to detect and counter air and ground threats, is on track to begin flight tests in the fourth quarter of this year, according to EPAWSS prime contractor Boeing [BA]. Developmental testing will occur through […]

AH-64 Apache Helicopters
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Senate’s 2019 Defense Bill Fully Funds Pentagon Rotorcraft Request

If not showered in funding, military rotorcraft procurement at least is funded at levels requested by the Defense Department in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) version of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The SASC markup and that of all its subcommittees – except for the subcommittee on personnel – were held […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Senate Panel Trims F-35 Buy Due To Sustainment Concerns

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has approved a fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill that would trim purchases of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and Air Force KC-46A tankers, citing problems with both programs. According to an 11-page summary released late May 24, the bill would procure 75 Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35s, cutting the Trump administration’s request by […]

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House Approves Coast Guard Authorization As Part Of Defense Bill

Legislation to authorize the Coast Guard that passed the House last year as part a larger bill to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security was approved by the chamber again on Thursday with passage of the House’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of […]

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 test launches a Minuteman III ICBM in September 2010. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force May Seek Funding Shift For New ICBM

The U.S. Air Force may ask Congress to move around previously approved funds for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) because the program is running ahead of schedule, according to service officials. GBSD “is on schedule. In fact, it’s actually a little ahead of schedule and we may be coming to you with a reprogramming […]

House Panel’s 2019 NNSA Budget Cans Interoperable Warhead, Jump-Starts LANL Pits

A draft 2019 budget bill up for a vote in the House today would steer the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) away from creating a nuclear warhead that could fly on both Navy and Air Force missiles, and jump-start construction of a new warhead-core factory at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. That […]