Archive: Congressional/Budget

Senate CR Vote Delayed Until Monday At Earliest 

Senate leaders gave up their hope of passing a government budget bill Thursday night, pledging to find a way to work through a slew of amendments and pass the measure next Monday night. Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said committee staff will work through the weekend to reduce the number of proposed […]

DoD Needs Better Evaluation Of Potential Cyber Attacks On Nuclear Systems, Kehler Says

The Defense Department needs a “more comprehensive, recurring way” to evaluate the potential of cyber-related attacks on its nuclear command and control (C2) and weapon systems, according to the head of DoD’s nuclear enterprise. U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) chief Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Tuesday that while […]

Financial Sector Wants More Security Clearances To Bolster Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Information sharing with the federal government related to cyber security threats is benefitting the financial services sector but having more people in industry access to more classified information and improvements with how information is shared would speed access to this data and improve its value, a representative of the sector told a House panel yesterday. […]

Senate Budget Plan Replaces Sequestration Cuts

Senate Democrats unveiled a broad budget resolution Wednesday that calls for ending the $500 billion in across-the-board “sequestration” cuts to defense over a decade but keeping roughly half that amount–$240 billion–in targeted Pentagon reductions. “Our budget saves $240 billion by carefully and responsibly reducing defense spending while giving the Pentagon enough time to plan and […]

New Cyber Forces Provide Nation With Additional Options, Gen. Alexander Says

The standup of a set of cyber security force teams within the Defense Department will give the United States more options to respond to adversaries, the head of U.S. Cyber Command said yesterday. “What we are building are the cyber options that would fit that toolkit for the administration and policy makers to determine exactly […]

DoD ‘Radically’ Changed How It Produces F-35 Software Increments, Bogdan Says

The Defense Department “radically” changed and improved how it designs, tests and delivers F-35 software increments, going from a rate of one increment every 30 days to every three days, according to DoD’s F-35 chief. F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office Program Executive Officer Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said yesterday Lockheed Martin [LMT], […]

House Budget Resolution Seeks Modest Defense Boost

A House panel is calling for slight increases in defense spending over the next decade–which are more than currently projected but not as much as House Republicans previously sought. The GOP-led House Budget Committee kicked off broad budget discussions with the Senate and White House Tuesday by releasing its version of a non-binding budget resolution, […]

Republicans Stall CR Debate In Senate

Work on the new government-funding bill was stalled in the Senate Tuesday by Republican senators who said they needed more time to review the measure a Democrat-run panel released late Monday night. At issue is a “continuing resolution” (CR) funding most of the government during the second half of fiscal year 2013 near FY ’12 […]

BAE Systems Offers Ways To Maintain Bradley Capability

BAE Systems, original equipment manufacturer for the Bradley Fighting vehicle, is proposing ways to keep the 586 supplier-strong industrial base and Army modernization moving along instead of an Army plan to shutter vehicle production from 2014 to at least 2017, an official said.  “It’s about maintaining a strategic capability that is easily lost and is […]

White House Performs Key Steps Toward Reforming Export Control System

The White House said Friday it performed two key steps toward reforming the United States’ export control system. President Barack Obama Friday signed an executive order updating delegated presidential authorities over the administration of certain export and import controls under the Arms Export Control Act of 1976. The White House Friday also notified Congress of […]