Archive: Congressional/Budget

Pentagon S&T Programs Face Sizable Sequestration Hit

The Pentagon will terminate some science and technology efforts in the coming months and cut hundreds of research grants to universities if “sequestration” budget cuts prevail, a senior Pentagon official said. Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Alan Shaffer said sequestration, […]

Orbital’s Antares Test Launch Postponed

The test launch of Orbital Sciences’ [ORB] Antares medium-class rocket was postponed at press time yesterday, according to NASA. Orbital said on Twitter the postponement was due to a “loss of an umbilical to the second stage of Antares” The launch was called off within 12 minutes of the scheduled 5 p.m. EST departure. Neither […]

Senators Press Hagel To Budget For Sequestration

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday he eventually will give them a clearer picture of what the next Pentagon budget would look like with “sequestration” cuts factored in, but doesn’t expect to craft a revamped budget proposal. Hagel faced Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) members frustrated that the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2014 budget request […]

Panel Chair Concerned About F-35, GCV, Navy Drones

The head of a House panel said he has concerns about the Pentagon’s proposed changes to a new Army vehicle effort and plans for buying Navy drones, and also is keeping close watch over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), who became chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and […]

Obama Administration Issues Final Rules For Export Control Reform

The Obama administration yesterday moved forward its export control reform initiative by publishing in the Federal Register the final rules describing how U.S. Munitions List (USML) items will transition over to the more flexible Commerce Control List (CCL) as well as specific revisions to USML Categories VIII (aircraft and related equipment) and XIX (aircraft engines […]

Army Airs Readiness Concerns Before House Panel

The Army’s immediate priority is to ensure soldiers in Afghanistan and those units next to deploy are trained, equipped and ready, as non-deploying units will bear the brunt of constrained resources, a group of generals told the House Armed Services Committee panel on Readiness yesterday. Combat readiness is “absolutely guaranteed” for units deploying to Afghanistan, […]

Dempsey: Strategic Review Will Favor Multi-role Systems

An ongoing re-examination the U.S. military strategy is looking at prioritizing weapons programs that have multiple roles, a senior military officer said Tuesday. “One of the principles going forward in the Strategic Choices (and) Management Review, is we’ve got to find platforms that are multi-role, that have the capability to operate both in a hostile […]

Despite Budget Uncertainty, Air Force Brass Says Space Programs ‘In Good Position’

Despite looming budget uncertainty and potential additional sequestration cuts, Air Force brass said yesterday they believe the service’s space programs are in a better position than ever. Air Force Deputy Under Secretary for Space Richard McKinney said with the service’s missile warning, Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) and Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite systems in […]

Air Force Requests $149 Million For Aerospace Propulsion, Power Technologies

The Air Force requested nearly $149 million for advanced aerospace propulsion and power technology development in fiscal year 2014, according to President Barack Obama’s budget request, which was released April 10. The service wants $64.1 million for advanced development of aircraft propulsion subsystems integration. This project develops and demonstrates technology to increase turbine engine operational […]

Legislation, Legal Action Floated To Block MEADS Funding

A lawmaker is proposing legislation and raising the threat of legal action to stop the Pentagon from continuing to fund a troubled tri-nation missile defense program. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) wants to block the Pentagon from using funds appropriated by Congress, in the fiscal year 2013 defense appropriations act signed into law March 26, on […]