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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 […]

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States 138th General Conference, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

Army Leaders Welcome Hill Support For Modernization Plans, Despite Heightened Oversight

Much of the Army’s modernization wish list is funded under the final defense authorization bill passed Nov. 15, but the service can’t spend the money until it convinces Congress the programs are on track. Senior service officials see the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act as a tacit approval of the Army’s near-term modernization strategy, especially […]


House Passes FY 2018 Defense Authorization Conference Report

After a brief floor debate, the House late Nov. 14 passed the $700 billion fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report by a 356-70 vote. Among Republicans, 229 voted for the legislation and seven voted against it. Among Democrats, 127 voted for the measure and 63 voted against it. Proponents hailed the conference report (H.R. […]


Lawmakers Agree To Space Revamp Without Space Corps

House and Senate negotiators have crafted a final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill that overhauls military space management but stops short of accepting a controversial House proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department. In a joint statement Nov. 8, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), the […]

A Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Interceptor is launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif. as part of Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Administration Asks Congress for Billions More To Fund Extra Missile Defense, Ship Repairs, And Troops

The Trump administration sent Congress a set of Defense Department Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget amendments on Monday to increase funding for missile defense, repair damaged Navy ships, and increase Afghanistan troop levels. The letter introducing the request covers about $4 billion in additional efforts to defend against the threat of North Korean missiles through […]

Key Lawmakers In Talks To Keep Government Open When CR Expires

The chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are discussing how to keep the government open after the current continuing resolution (CR) runs out Dec. 8, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Oct. 31. “We are in a four-cornered, bipartisan negotiation over how to fund the government, including the Trump […]

The Air Force in 2016 unveiled the name of the future B-21 bomber: the "Raider."  (Credit: Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

U.S. Nuclear Forces To Cost $1.2 Trillion Over 30 Years, CBO Estimates

Current plans to modernize, operate and sustain U.S. nuclear forces will cost about $1.2 trillion over the next three decades, according to a report released Oct. 31 by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Modernization will account for about $400 billion of that total, while operations and sustainment will take up the other $800 billion, the […]