Archive: Congressional/Budget

Trump Signs FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill, Urges Hill To Finish Defense Appropriations

President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report (H.R. 2810) into law Dec. 12, calling the nearly $700-billion measure “a momentous step” toward rebuilding the military and protecting the nation. “This legislation will enhance our readiness, modernize our forces and help provide our service members with the tools that they need […]

David Norquist, comptroller of the Department of Defense.  (Army photo)

Continuing Resolutions Slowing Munitions Buys, DoD Official Says

The lack of a fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations act is delaying Pentagon plans to boost production rates for heavily used munitions, a Department of Defense official said Dec. 7. While the House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill are “very supportive” of DoD’s budget request for munitions, Congress has […]

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Rep. McCarthy Says Defense And Domestic Spending Shouldn’t Be Treated Equally In Budget Deal

Congress is aiming to pass a short-term resolution this week to give it time to craft a longer term budget agreement that avoids automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, but any budget deal shouldn’t hold increases in defense appropriations hostage to an equal ramp up in domestic funding, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said […]

Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson speaking at the company's annual media day on March 21. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin CEO: Budget Uncertainty Hurts Industry As Much As Military

Defense budget cuts and an ongoing series of stopgaps spending measures is hollowing out the U.S. defense industry as much as Pentagon leaders accuse funding uncertainty for threatening military readiness and modernization, according to Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] chief executive. Speaking to the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif., on Dec. 2, CEO Marillyn […]

A T-6A Texan II trainer jet. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Base Grounds T-6A Trainers After Physiological Events

Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma has grounded its T-6A Texan II trainer planes while it investigates a series of recent physiological events, the Air Force said last week. Flights of the turboprops were suspended Nov. 15 after instructor and student pilots reported four physiological incidents since Nov. 1, the Air Force said. While the […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Senate OKs Defense Authorization Conference Report

The Senate passed the nearly $700 billion fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report by voice vote Nov. 16, sending it to President Donald Trump for his consideration. After the vote, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged Trump “to sign this important legislation into law — and in doing […]