Archive: Congress

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

Senate Panel Backs Bridenstine To Head NASA

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Nov. 8 narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator. By a party-line 14-13 vote, the panel sent Bridenstine’s nomination to the full Senate for its consideration. Before the committee vote, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the panel’s top Democrat, reiterated his opposition to having a […]

SASC Approves Esper For Army Secretary

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved by voice vote Nov. 7 the nomination of Raytheon [RTN] executive Mark Esper to be Army secretary. As part of that vote, the SASC also approved Joseph Kernan to be undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Robert Wilkie to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness and Guy […]

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At Hearing Nominees Vow To Improve Navy Acquisition, Audit of Navy

Nominations for top Defense Department positions told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a Tuesday confirmation hearing they intend to support efforts to improve the Navy’s operations and acquisitions as well as Department-wide weapons testing and evaluations. Thomas Modly, nominated as Under Secretary of the Navy, acknowledged in his opening statement that he agrees the […]

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Stakeholders Outline Benefits Of DHS S&T, And Areas For Improvement

Industry, academia and first responders all benefit from the funding and work performed by the research branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but there are areas for improvement, including closer integration with agency components, consistent resourcing, and reasserting leadership in biodefense for the homeland, various officials told a House panel on Tuesday. 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 […]

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Senate Committee Questions Army Secretary Hopeful’s Ties To Raytheon

The only friction Mark Esper encountered with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of the Army was concern his previous affiliation with Raytheon [RTN] would further stack the Pentagon with defense industry executives. Esper, head of Raytheon’s government relations and a West Point graduate, was tapped on […]

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

Rep. Bridenstine Pledges To Pursue ‘Consensus Agenda’ At NASA

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), President Donald Trump’s nominee to be NASA administrator, pledged Nov. 1 to be a nonpartisan leader of the space agency despite concerns among Senate Democrats about putting a politician in the job. “We need a consensus agenda,” Bridenstine testified at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. […]

Crossmatch Verifier Sentry handheld smart card and fingerprint reader used to authenticate people and their credentials. Photo: Crossmatch

Coast Guard Mulls Delays To Implementing TWIC Reader Rule

After receiving comments from industry following the publication last year of a final rule governing the implementation of smart card readers for access control at secure areas of the nation’s ports, the Coast Guard is considering delaying implementation of the guidance, a service official said on Monday. The feedback from industry included “concerns with the […]

Maintenance staff inspect one of the 10 Luke AFB F-35s sent to Nellis AFB for a training deployment, April 15, 2015. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

F-35 Sustainment Woes Hurting Readiness, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Defense’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is experiencing spare parts shortages and other sustainment problems that are hurting the readiness of the fighter jets, according to a report released Oct. 26 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Squadron officials at multiple F-35 locations that we visited expressed enthusiasm for the unique […]

An E/A-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft in the foreground shadowed by a F/A-18 Super Hornet. Photo by Boeing.

Electronic Warfare Needs More Attention, Lawmakers Say

Two electronic warfare (EW) advocates have urged the Department of Defense to pay more attention to EW to ensure the U.S. military keeps its edge in that area. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), a retired Air Force brigadier general and former EW officer who sits on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), said Oct. 11 that the […]