Archive: Congress

Defense Authorizers Call For Development of Space Protection Strategy

By Michael Sirak House and Senate defense overseers have called on the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the director of national intelligence (DNI), to craft a strategy to protect the capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. freedom of action in space, according to the conference report accompanying the final version of the FY ’08 Defense […]

McCain Boycotts Conference Report, Opposing Plus-up For C-17 Aircraft

By Jen DiMascio Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, vowed not to sign the conference report of the committee’s most important annual bill because of an earmark. The $2.28 billion sticking point authorizes the purchase of eight C-17 Globemaster aircraft. It is tucked in a supplemental package attached […]

Conference Authorizers Give Nod To Multiyear CH-47 Chinook Procurement

By Ann Roosevelt The Boeing [BA] CH-47 Chinook helicopter program would benefit from congressional authority for multiyear procurement authority and D-to F-model conversion recommended in the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. "It provides to the government, the Army and the taxpayers a significant benefit in the savings they […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Anything But Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week said that before the end of the congressional session Democrats were likely to include defense funding in an omnibus spending bill that would be considered before the end of the year. "There probably […]

Roles and Missions Study To Address Control Over Cargo Aircraft Program

By Jen DiMascio The House is likely to vote this week on a bill that authorizes the Defense Department to spend $507 billion during this fiscal year. The wide-ranging bill that sets new policies in terms of acquisition and wartime contracting also mandates the start of a Pentagon-wide roles and missions study that may help […]

Hunter Calls For President To Meet With Lawmakers About China

The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee is imploring the president to meet with key lawmakers to discuss future defense investments in light of China’s recent military buildup and its refusal to allow U.S. ships to port In Hong Kong. China’s decision to block the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) aircraft carrier strike group […]

Appropriators Planning To Add Up to 14 C-17s To Spring Supplemental

By Jen DiMascio Appropriators have an agreement to add the purchase of C-17s to a war funding bill that lawmakers will consider next year. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, said this week appropriators are looking to increase the size of purchases of several aircraft to bring down the […]

State Department To Delay Sale of Weapons To Saudi Arabia

The State Department last week told Congress it has postponed a request for the sale of GPS-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia until mid-January. The State Department announced the $20 million arms sales package in July as part of a diplomatic effort in the Middle East. In November, the Defense Department told Congress it intended to […]

Schwartz: Expanded Global Infrastructure Needed For North-To-South Transport

By Michael Sirak and Jen DiMascio The U.S. military’s global transport network needs to grow from it’s current east-west orientation to a more robust en-route infrastructure that can move personnel and material more readily north to south as well, including into regions of growing interest such as Africa, the general overseeing this network said yesterday. […]

Conferees Agree To Defense Authorization Bill

By Jen DiMascio Lawmakers yesterday signed off on a conference report for a bill to authorize defense spending in fiscal year 2008 that includes language mandating the Navy’s next-generation cruisers will be powered by nuclear energy. The bill had stalled because of a disagreement regarding a hate crimes provision that could have eroded support for […]