Archive: Congress

Terrorist Intent To Develop Nuclear Weapons Remains But Capabilities Unclear, DHS’ Allen Says

By Calvin Biesecker Terrorists are still intent on acquiring nuclear weapons but the intelligence community is "uncertain" regarding the capabilities of terrorists to either acquire or develop such devices, the top intelligence official with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told a Senate panel this week. The most difficult challenge facing terrorists is acquiring enough […]

DHS Still Needs To Get S&T Priorities Right, Langevin Says

By Calvin Biesecker Attempts by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) office to develop a strategic plan based on budgets and overall priorities is still lacking although the "foundation" of the directorate has been strengthened in the last 18 months, Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee […]

Congress Should Weigh Forcing Secretary Of Defense, Director Of National Intelligence, To Issue National Security Space Strategy: GAO

Strategy Document Was Written Four Years Ago But Never Agreed To Or Released, GAO Reports A quickly-written watchdog-agency letter to key Senate lawmakers disclosed that a National Security Space Strategy (NSSS) was written four years ago, but then sat gathering dust while disputes over the report were left unresolved. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said […]

Obering: Next Budget May Bolster Sea-Based, Land-Mobile Missile Interceptors

The next Missile Defense Agency budget may switch from a focus on items such as providing more Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors to "robust" other systems such as sea-based missile defense and land-mobile interceptors. That was the word from Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering III, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, who noted […]

Missile Defense Opponent Sees Its Funding About To Tumble

Funding for ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs will slump, a BMD critic predicted, likening support for missile defense to the home-prices bubble and the sub-prime home mortgage industry that just slumped. Joseph Cirincione, vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress, a think tank, predicted "the second bursting of the missile defense […]

Former CNO Stresses Need For Careful Administration Transition On Security Issues

By Jen DiMascio The former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark last week emphasized the need for the Bush administration to work closely with its successor in the transfer of power that will occur next January. "This is the first time in over 40 years we’ve had a transition when the country has been […]

CBO, Navy Differ On Cost of Shipbuilding Plan

By Jen DiMascio The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) places the Navy’s shipbuilding tab for the next five years about 30 percent higher than the Navy does, according to a report released yesterday. The biggest gaps are in estimates of two premier modernization programs–the DDG-1000 destroyer and the CG(X) cruiser. Between 2009 and 2013, the Navy […]

NASA Science Missions, Like Space Hardware Programs, Short Of Funds; Experts Call For Raising Total NASA Outlays

In Hard Budget Times, NASA Manages To Keep Many Programs Going, But Can’t Do It All Widespread Funds Shortages Come As Congress Prepares To Reauthorize NASA For Coming Years Key lawmakers lauded NASA for struggling to keep science missions moving ahead, but clearly the agency can’t do every planned science mission with the $4.4 billion […]

Murtha Points To Difficulties With Possibility of Skipping DDG-1000s

By Jen DiMascio The chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee indicated yesterday there are problems with an effort to have the Navy "jump over" its next-generation destroyer in favor of building nuclear cruisers. The Navy wants $2.55 billion in fiscal year 2009 to fund the third DDG-1000 destroyer made by General Dynamics [GD] Bath […]