Archive: Congressional/Budget

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

DoD Seeks Funding Shift To Boost Missile Defense

The Department of Defense has asked Congress to approve shifting $416 million in previously approved funds to beef up missile defenses and other anti-missile efforts, a DoD official said Sept. 28. The reprogramming request would buy 20 more ground-based interceptor (GBI) missiles to counter long-range ballistic missiles, said Rob Soofer, deputy assistant secretary of defense […]

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). (Photo courtesy of congressman's office)

Lawmaker Expects Gridlocked Hill To Finish Defense Authorization Bill

A key House member expressed confidence Sept. 26 that Congress will finish its work on the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill despite Capitol Hill gridlock on many issues. The optimism from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC’s) strategic forces panel, came eight days after the Senate approved its […]

Senate Sends FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill To Conference

The U.S. Senate approved its version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill by an 89-8 vote late Sept. 18, sending the legislation to a conference committee with the House, which passed its bill in July. Conferees have a host of issues to resolve, including what to do about a House provision that would […]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

Senate Nears Vote On Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate agreed Sept. 14 to wrap up floor debate on its fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill, clearing the way for a vote to pass the legislation Sept. 18. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that he has worked with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee’s ranking Democrat, […]

The E-8C JSTARS. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Rethinking JSTARS Replacement

The U.S. Air Force, which has been preparing to replace its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft with a modified civil jet, has begun exploring whether a different approach might be more effective in highly contested environments. Any changes in the acquisition plan could be reflected in the Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget request, due […]


Congress Passes CR To Keep Government Open Till Early December

With Congress running out of time to finish its 12 annual appropriations bills before fiscal year 2018 begins Oct. 1, lawmakers have approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the Department of Defense and other government agencies running until Dec. 8. The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 601) Sept. 7 by an 80-17 vote, and the […]

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

Thornberry Predicts CR But More Money For Missile Defense

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said he thinks Congress will pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December and could add additional money for missile defense and readiness. Thornberry expects the three-month long CR to fund the government past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 but […]

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson (Air Force photo)

Air Force Bracing For Possible Budget Turbulence

The U.S. Air Force has begun preparing for the possibility that Congress will have to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running when fiscal year 2018 begins in a little over a month, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Aug. 25. The Air Force could “adapt” to a “very short” CR, and it […]

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

Senate Appropriators Pencil In Less Money For Defense Than House Approved

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) tentatively plans to provide almost $63 billion less in its fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill than its House counterpart has advanced through its own chamber. According to the committee’s recent “funding guidance” to its subcommittees, the Senate defense bill would contain $595.2 billion, including $513.1 billion in base funding […]

An artist's rendering of Restore-L. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

Senate Panel Votes To Save NASA’s Satellite Servicing Mission

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) has moved to preserve NASA’s Restore-L satellite-servicing mission, rejecting the agency’s proposal to nix the program. The committee, which approved its fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill July 27, included $130 million to continue Restore-L. The legislation now heads to the full Senate for its consideration. Acting […]