Archive: Congress

Obama, McCain Seen Likely To Reorg DHS, Hill Dems Call For Caution In Changes

By Emelie Rutherford Aides to presidential hopefuls Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) suggested yesterday their bosses would reorganize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is poised to be scrutinized for the first time by a new president. Joining them at a conference in Washington, meanwhile, two leaders of congressional Homeland Security […]

GD Demonstrates C-MANPADS System Against UAVs

By Calvin Biesecker General Dynamics [GD] has successfully demonstrated a ground-based defense system against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that was originally developed to defeat Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) that could threat military and civilian aircraft. The demonstration of the Counter-Man Portable Airspace Protection System (CMAPS) against multiple small UAVs proves that the "system has […]

Gates Expects Tanker Rebid Decision ‘Very Soon’

By Marina Malenic and Emelie Rutherford Defense Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday that he would soon announce a decision on whether the Air Force will rebid a tanker aircraft contract awarded to Northrop Grumman [NOC]. "I expect to announce the way forward very soon," Gates said during a Tuesday morning press briefing at Fort Lewis. […]

DHS Awards Boeing New Task Order To Begin SBI Deployments

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last month issued Boeing [BA] a new $55.7 million task order to begin constructing surveillance and communications towers along separate stretches of the United States’ Southwest Border beginning this month as part of the electronic, or "virtual" fence portion of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI). The […]

House, Senate Appropriators Clash On Deepwater Funds For NSC, Aircraft Missionization

By Emelie Rutherford The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) wants to cut the Coast Guard’s funding request for its fourth National Security Cutter (NSC), a reduction that marks the biggest difference between House and Senate appropriators’ proposals for the Deepwater modernization program. Overall, the HAC and Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) are sticking fairly close to the […]

President Bush Signs Long-Delayed GWOT Supplemental Spending Bill Into Law

By Emelie Rutherford President Bush signed yesterday a long-delayed supplement spending bill covering $161.8 billion in war operations for fiscal year 2008 and part of FY ’09–well into the next presidential administration. "I appreciate that Republicans and Democrats in Congress agreed to provide these vital funds without tying the hands of our commanders, and without […]

GAO Sees Some Progress In DHS SBI Spend Plans

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is doing a better job justifying some of its expenditures under the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) but its spending plan is still lacking in terms of how it links to an overall secure border strategy and it doesn’t allow progress against program goals to be easily measured, the Government […]


Lunar Craft Undergoes Checkout Prior To Mission A NASA spacecraft that will hit the moon has entered its final checkout phase, the space agency announced. The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, will take a significant step forward in the search for water on the moon. Its main objective is to confirm […]

House Appropriator Urges Continuing Resolution That Would Freeze NASA Funding For Half A Year

Congress should counter veto threats from a stingy President Bush by passing a continuing budget resolution freezing NASA funding for half a year, and then pass a budget with spending increases after a new, hopefully more supportive president takes office in January. That was the view of Sen. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.), chairman of the […]

Senate Committee Approves $20.21 Billion NASA Authorization For Fiscal 2009 Including $1 Billion Extra To Hasten Orion-Ares

Measure Reaffirms Vision Of Manned Exploration Of Moon, Mars; Study Ordered On Extending Shuttle Flights From 2010 To 2015; Added Shuttle Mission Provided For Flying AMS To Space Station Commercial Spacecraft Competition Seen By 2011; Deals With At Least Two Commercial Providers Mandated; $150 Million Set; International Space Station Retirement Seen In 2020 Or Later […]