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House Passes Slew Of Homeland, Cyber Security Bills

The House On Tuesday evening and Wednesday approved a number of bills dealing with homeland and cyber security, including legislation to enhance cyber deterrence, strengthen the Department of Homeland Security’s role in countering potential threat drones, and codify the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) cyber security program within DHS. All but one bill, the Biometric […]

Inhofe Gets SASC Gavel, Kyl to Fill McCain’s Senate Seat

The shape of the Capitol Hill defense establishment in the post-McCain era formally gelled Wednesday, as Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) became chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Republican John Kyl, a former Senator himself, was sworn in to serve the remainder of the late McCain’s term. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced […]

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) before the Senate calls for a withdrawal of U.S. participation in the military campaign in Yemen. Photo: C-SPAN

Lawmakers Increasingly Question U.S. Weapons Sales to Saudis in Yemen

Democratic members of Congress have vowed to oppose future arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid its ongoing conflict in Yemen, and have criticized U.S. military assistance even as Pentagon officials continue to express support. Despite previous attempts to limit weapon sales, the backlash heard since a coalition-directed airstrike hit a Yemeni school bus in early […]

Sen. John McCain during a 2016 Senate Armed Services Committee.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

McCain, Tough on Defense Acquisition, Will Be Hard to Replace

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died Aug. 25, fought for acquisition reform within the U.S. military with a precision and drive that few senators before him did and few may be able to follow. A Navy combat veteran and prisoner of war, McCain was 81 years old when he passed after a lengthy battle with […]

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House Commerce Committee Republicans Urge DHS, MITRE To Improve Management Of Cyber Security Database

Following a committee investigation that lasted more than a year, Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have asked the Department of Homeland Security and one of its contractors to reform a database that includes a list of publicly disclosed cyber security vulnerabilities and exposures. The legislators recommend in separate letters that the […]

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Hurdles Remain for FY ’19 Defense Spending Bill

Congress has passed two versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill at a faster rate than it has in over a decade, but the road to negotiating a full conference bill before the end of 2018 is not yet clear, analysts said. The Senate on Thursday voted 85-7 to approve the FY’19 Department […]

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Senate Easily Passes FY ’19 Defense Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a major appropriations bill by a vote of 85-7 that includes defense as well as health and human services, education and labor before the end of August for the first time in two decades. Senators moved Thursday to put H.R. 6157, the fiscal year 2019 appropriations “minibus” bill, to a vote, […]

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Inhofe: ‘They’re Winning Me Over’ on Space Force

A former Space Force skeptic in the Senate is expressing more support for President Trump’s pet project to develop a sixth military branch devoted to space investment by 2020. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told reporters Thursday that he is becoming more persuaded by the idea of a Space Force since Vice President Mike Pence revealed […]

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), a longtime House Armed Services Committee member, was indicted Tuesday on corruption charges. Photo: Duncan Hunter

Indictment of HASC Member Hunter Could Affect Supported Defense Efforts

The indictment Tuesday of longtime House Armed Services Committee (HASC) member Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) raises questions for how his championed U.S. military projects will be affected should he be convicted and forced to give up his seat. Duncan, a Marine Corps combat veteran who is running for re-election this November in California’s 50th […]

William Bryan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be under secretary of Science and Technology for DHS. Bryan is currently the acting head of S&T. Photo: DHS

DHS S&T Nominee Plugs Counter UAS Bill

Legislation in the Senate permitting the use of technology to defeat potential threats from drones is necessary to enable the testing and evaluation of these technologies in operationally relevant environments, a Department of Homeland Security official said on Wednesday. Current law allows for detecting and tracking of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) “but we’re not able […]