Archive: Congress

A F-35C on the USS Nimitz during 2014 testing. Photo: Navy.

F-35’s Next Development Phase Could Cost Nearly $11 Billion

The follow-on development phase for the U.S. Department of Defense’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is expected to cost about $10.9 billion over seven years, the program’s leader said March 7. If the development plan is approved by DoD and service leaders, the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy will cover $7.2 billion of the […]


Service Weapon Buyers Say Congress Can ‘Declare Victory’ On Acquisition Reform

By delegating management of large weapon programs to the military services, Congress may already have achieved the acquisition reforms it and Defense Department leaders have long sought, according to acquisition executives. Asked whether there have so far been any glaring errors in the reforms Congress has imposed on the defense acquisition system over the past […]

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

DHS Reauthorization Moves A Step Closer With Approval By Senate Committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to reauthorize to essentially codify existing authorities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after the House passed a similar bill last summer. The committee’s version of the bill would change the current National Protection and Programs Directorate to the Cybersecurity and […]


Navy Backers In Congress Unsatisfied With Navy’s FY ’19 Budget

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, called the Trump administration’ FY ’19 Navy budget shipbuilding request not “robust” enough compared to what he thinks it needs. The Navy requested about $22 billion to build 10 ships in FY ’19, which is only a modest increase over the FY […]

Senate Appropriations Chair Cochran to Retire in April Due to Ailing Health

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and huge advocate for shipbuilding, will retire April 1 due to ailing health, the 81 year-old lawmaker said Monday. “I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge,” Cochran wrote in a press release that hit the wires late Monday. “I intend to fulfill […]


Energy Department Official Outlines Roles Of New Cyber Security Office

A new office created last month by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to strengthen the department’s focus on cyber security will work with government and industry to address threats to the energy sector and focus on research and development efforts with longer term payoffs, a Department of Energy official said on Thursday. “These activities will develop […]

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). (Photo courtesy of congressman's office)

DoD Nears Hiring Outside Firm To Study Possible Space Department

The Pentagon is close to picking an outside firm to write a roadmap for the possible creation of a military space department, a key lawmaker said Feb. 28. The fiscal year 2018 defense authorization act, which Congress passed late last year, calls for the deputy defense secretary to hire a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) to craft the […]

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

Senate Panel Postpones Markup Of DHS Authorization Bill

With Congress taking a pause during its workday on Wednesday to pay respects to the late Reverend Billy Graham, whose body lay in honor at the Capitol Rotunda, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) held a brief meeting on plans for marking up a bill to reauthorize the Department of […]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

New McCain and Wicker Bill Seeks Surface Navy Readiness Reform

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chairman of the Senate Seapower Committee Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced new legislation Monday aimed at reforming and restoring Navy surface readiness. The bill, the Surface Warfare Enhancement Act of 2018, seeks to address some of the root causes that led to several Navy mishaps in 2017, […]

Capitol at night---cropped---MS photo

Lawmakers, Industry Officials Complain Of Inconsistent Vetting Standards Across DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is inconsistent in how it vets contractor employees, adding cost to industry and creating inefficiencies, lawmakers and industry officials said on Tuesday. Different DHS components apply federal “fitness standards” for contractors differently, which “causes difficulties as many contractor employees provide services for multiple DHS components,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), […]