Archive: Congress

USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy.

Congress Mulls Saudi Sanctions, But Low Risk of Imminent Impact to Industry

Lawmakers are newly considering imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia amid calls for President Trump to investigate the disappearance of a Saudi-born journalist. But any possible impact on U.S. weapons makers doing business with Riyadh is unlikely to be felt in the short term. Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and opinion writer for the Washington Post, […]

Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. The cutter was built by the former Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was commissioned in 1977. (Photo: Coast Guard)

Eliminating Polar Security Cutter Funds In FY ’19 Will Delay Program, Coast Guard Official Warns

If House appropriators prevail in their markup over the summer to zero funding to construct the first new heavy polar icebreaker in 40 years, the program will be delayed and also call into question the nation’s commitment to recapitalizing its icebreaker fleet, the Coast Guard’s top acquisition official said on Thursday. Existing funding for the […]

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DHS Has No Evidence Chinese Microchips Used To Compromise Supply Chain, Nielsen Says

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a Senate panel on Wednesday that her department doesn’t have any evidence supporting a media report last week that computer servers supplied by California-based Super Micro Computer, Inc. contain microchips inserted by Chinese suppliers that can be used to spy on networks using the servers. Companies that allegedly have […]

Senator Joni Ernst, junior United States senator, Iowa, visits the Logistics Innovation Demonstration at Camp Wilson aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 6, 2018. Ernst is a Committee on Armed Services representative and visited the installation to observe a live-fire range, view the flightline and speak to Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ashlee Conover)

SASC Member: Congress Must Work With DoD To Save Money in Future Budgets

Congress will work with the Defense Department to find cost savings and prioritize funding for critical equipment needs for future budget cycles, a Senate Armed Services Committee member said Oct. 4. Following the passage of the $716 billion fiscal year FY’19 defense appropriations bill, the bipartisan committee needs to continue “pressing onward and upward” to […]

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Team JSTARS install engine inlet covers after completing a preflight inspection on an E-8C Joint STARS during exercise Valiant Shield 18 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 16, 2018. Valiant Shield 18 is a biennial, U.S.-only, field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces in relation to current operational plans. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. Team JSTARS, consisting of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th ACW, active duty personnel assigned to the 461st ACW and Army JSTARS, provides a unique, manned, joint airborne command control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability to combatant commanders worldwide. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons)

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract to Upgrade JSTARS Computers

Northrop Grumman [NOC] continues to supply upgrades to the Air Force’s E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) aircraft as the service hones its plan for a follow-on network of systems. The company was awarded a $17.5 million contract for a fifth-generation upgrade to the aircraft’s central computers on Sept. 27. The upgrade, which […]

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In FAA Bill, Senate Passes TSA Reauthorization, Counter-Drone Measures

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a five-year reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes additional legislative measures that would also reauthorize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and provide limited authorities to the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to deploy technologies to defeat potential threats from aerial drones. The bipartisan FAA […]

The final piece of the underwater hull of the future aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is lowered into place at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by John Whalen/Released)

HASC Member Pushing Bill to Include Workforce Incentives in DoD Contracts

A member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will push a bill to add new incentives for industry members to include workforce development in their bids for defense programs in the next Congress. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, has introduced the Developing the National Security Workforce Act, H.R. […]

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House Passes DoD Budget, Trump Expected to Sign

The House on Wednesday passed the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2019 (FY’19) funding bill by a veto-proof majority, essentially ensuring that the Pentagon will have its funding on time for the first time in nearly a decade. The House approved the conference version of H.R. 6157, the minibus bill which includes funding for the Departments […]

Marines from South Korea, Thailand and the United States set up their assault amphibious vehicles for a group photo at Hat Yao Beach, Rayong province, Thailand, after coming ashore from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Feb. 17, 2018. The Marines participated in an amphibious assault in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2018. Cobra Gold is one of the largest exercises in the Indo-Pacific region and improves the capabilities of participating nations in the event of a regional contingency or natural disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Lee Brown)

Canceled Joint Exercise Has Hurt Readiness, Says Nominee to Lead US Forces Korea

U.S. forces and allies stationed along the Korean peninsula have suffered a “slight degradation in readiness” following the cancellation of a major joint exercise in August, the nominee for the post of U.S. Forces Korea commander said Tuesday. “There was certainly degradation to the readiness of … the combined forces” as a result of the […]

HASC Chair Has Not Planned Hearing on Bill to Ban Low-Yield Warhead

The House Armed Services Committee so far does not plan a hearing on a Democrat-sponsored bill to ban development of a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, the panel’s chairman said Tuesday. In a press gaggle with Capitol Hill reporters, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said the House would soon recess until the Nov. 6 midterm elections, […]