Archive: Congress

Army Leadership Discussing FCS Future, Officials Says

By Ann Roosevelt FT. BLISS, Texas–In close-hold meetings, the Army is rigorously examining options for its major multi-billion modernization program, the Future Combat Systems (FCS), an official said. "Senior Army leaders are considering what to do about cuts and how to accelerate FCS," Col. Gregory Martin, chief of the Director’s Initiatives Group in G-8, said […]

U.S. Responding Poorly To Power Grid Cyber Vulnerabilities, Langevin Warns

By Calvin Biesecker The nation’s approach to reducing the electric industry’s cyber security vulnerabilities remains "disorganized" and "ineffective," according to the chairman of a House panel, who said he isn’t "confident" about the country’s ability to deal with cyber threats. "The federal government and the private sector must act with a sense of urgency to […]

White House Budget Chief Suggests Veto For Defense Bill Over Earmark Issue

By Emelie Rutherford The White House budget chief warned yesterday the president could veto the fiscal year 2009 defense authorization bill over a provision rejecting an earmark reform initiative. "The Democrats have dropped veto bait into the defense authorization bill by inserting the earmark provision," Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jim Nussle said […]

Gates, Mullen Warn Congress Against Skipping Over FY ’09 Defense Approps Bill

By Emelie Rutherford Pentagon leaders warned Senate appropriators yesterday that multiple defense initiatives– including buying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)–would be jeopardized if Congress skips over passing a base defense appropriations budget for next fiscal year, as has been rumored on Capitol Hill. At the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee’s (SAC-D) budget hearing members also relayed concerns […]

House Report Finds Most DHS Small Business Awards Concentrated In Few Firms

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is meeting federal goals for awarding contracts to small businesses but a majority of the business is going to the top 10 firms in each of five reporting categories, according to a new report by the Democratic staff of the House Homeland Security Committee. "While the […]

Senate Begins Debating War Supplemental

By Emelie Rutherford The Senate began debating a three-part, $193 billion supplemental war appropriations bill yesterday. As of Defense Daily’s deadline the chamber had not yet voted on the legislation that would cover part of fiscal year 2008 and include "bridge" funding for FY ’09. The weapons system-rundown in the bill, within the procurement and […]

House Panel Backs $1 Billion Extra Authorization To Accelerate Orion-Ares Spaceship Development Program

Measure Would Reauthorize Space Agency In Next Fiscal Year At $19.21 Billion Bill Orders NASA To Add A Space Shuttle Mission To Carry Costly Experiment Aloft NASA would receive $1 billion toward accelerating the next-generation Orion-Ares U.S. spaceship development, under a $19.21 billion NASA reauthorization bill that a key House panel produced. The House Science […]

Defense Spending To Plunge If Either McCain Or Obama Becomes President, Analyst Says

Defense spending will plummet if either Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, or Sen. Barak Obama of Illinois, who seeks the Democratic presidential nomination, enters the White House. So says Loren B. Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute, a think tank focusing on defense and other issues. He doesn’t […]

Budget Woes Could Affect Constellation Program: Half-Year Freeze At Old Funding Levels Manageable, But Full-Year Continuing Resolution Would Be Tough

The Constellation Program now developing the next-generation Orion space capsule and Ares rocket has enough financial cushioning that it probably could finesse a congressional decision to freeze program funding at old levels for half a year. But a full-year continuing budget resolution would create real problems, according to Jeff Hanley, Constellation program manager. The issue […]

United States Has Too Few Missile Defense Assets To Counter 26 Nations Wielding Ballistic Missiles, Yet House Panel Cuts Those Programs: Group

Poll Shows 83 Percent Of Americans Back Missile Defense With 26 nations wielding ballistic missiles, the United States has too few ballistic missile defense assets, yet a House panel is attempting to cut $719 million from the authorization for missile defense programs, an advocacy group stated. The authorization cuts, proposed by the House Armed Services […]