Archive: Congressional/Budget

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 […]

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House.

Trump Signs Omnibus Spending Bill Despite Non-Defense Concerns

President Donald Trump signed the $1.3-trillion fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill into law March 23, saying the need for increased military funding outweighed his misgivings about several non-defense aspects of the bill. The omnibus (H.R. 1625), which combines 12 annual appropriations bills into one package, provides $700 billion for defense, an increase of about […]


Multi-Billion Dollar DoD Cloud Project, Army Tactical Network Fix Included In Omnibus Bill

Pentagon officials secured priorities in the latest omnibus spending bill, approved Thursday by the House, for new projects to build more resilient cyber networks needed to address known vulnerabilities. Department of Defense leadership’s plan for a multi-billion dollar cloud computing network project and the Army’s move to reinforce its tactical network were both included in […]


DoD Weapon Systems Get Big Funding Boost In Omnibus Bill

The newly completed fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 1625) contains $233.5 billion for the Department of Defense to develop and buy weapon systems, an increase of more than $41 billion from FY 2017. The legislation includes $144.3 billion for procurement, up $25.4 billion from FY 2017, and $89.2 billion for research and development, […]

Coast Guard National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754). Photo: Coast Guard

Omnibus Bill Funds Two More Coast Guard National Security Cutters

In a surprise, the congressional appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 includes funding for two Coast Guard National Security Cutters (NSC), moving the program within one vessel of a one-for-one replacement of legacy high endurance cutters. The FY ’18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill contains $1.2 billion for the NSC program to complete the acquisition of the […]

DoE, DoD Officials Won’t Talk Timeline on NNSA

In separate congressional hearings here Tuesday, senior Energy and Defense officials declined to pin down the date at which the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) might start modifying an existing warhead to create the low-yield, submarine-launched weapon sought by the Trump administration. The Pentagon has already requested 2019 funding to start work on upgrades for the […]


CBP Official Says Mix Of Infrastructure, Technology And People Best For Border Security

Although performance metrics are still lacking for determining the effectiveness of specific types of investments in border security, history has shown that a mix of technology, physical infrastructure and personnel are effective in curbing illegal border activity, a senior Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official said last week. “We know over the history of CBP […]

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Zukunft Says Planned Drop In Coast Guard Acquisition Budget Will Hit Polar Icebreaker Program

Although the Coast Guard’s plan for acquiring its first new heavy polar icebreaker in more than 40 years is within sight, current out-year budget plans don’t provide funding for additional icebreakers, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft told a House panel on Wednesday. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s […]

Capitol at night---cropped---MS photo

Congress Nears Finishing FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Lawmakers are “on track” to unveil the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations conference report sometime during the week of March 12-16, a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee said March 9. Negotiators have been working for weeks to combine 12 individual appropriations bills for defense and other programs into a single package. They were expected […]

The People's Liberation Army (Navy) hospital ship Peace Ark (T-AH 866), the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship  USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) and the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310) maneuver into formation for a photo exercise during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (U.S. Navy photo)

Lawmakers Blast Navy Plan To Retire Hospital Ship

The U.S. Navy’s plan to retire one of its two hospital ships is drawing fire from lawmakers who say the vessels provide important services for overseas humanitarian missions and victims of domestic natural disasters. According to the lawmakers, the proposal to retire either the USNS Comfort or the USNS Mercy in 2020 is reflected in the Navy’s recently […]