Archive: Congress

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Putting Radar In Israel, To Be Tied In With European Missile Defense

Congressional Concerns Focus On New Missile, Nuclear Capabilities Emerging In A Hostile Iran Scores of lawmakers in Congress have asked President Bush to deploy a U.S. missile defense radar in Israel that would be linked to a planned American missile defense system protecting Europe from Iranian attacks. Under the proposal, the United States would place […]

Mikulski To Seek $200 Million For NASA In Supplemental Funding Bill; Another $1 Billion To Be Sought In Regular Budget

Nelson Urges $2 Billion Extra For NASA Spread Over Two Years: Fiscal 2009, 2010 NASA Struggling With Far More Missions Than Weak Funding Will Support: Experts As senators overseeing NASA authorizations for space exploration programs heard that the space agency is hopelessly underfunded in view of missions it must undertake, needing $1 billion to $2 […]

House Battle Begins This Week To Overturn Myriad Funding Cuts In Missile Defense Programs

Authorization Bill Written By House Panel Cuts $719 Million From Missile Defense, Including European BMD, ABL, KEI, MKV Aegis, THAAD, Others, Would Gain Funds A battle will erupt Wednesday in the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), where proponents of several ballistic missile defense programs will attempt to overturn funding cuts that the HASC strategic forces […]

House Panel Provides $631 Million For Army Missiles, Rockets

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) air and land forces subcommittee provided $631 million of authorizations for Army precision-guided missiles and rockets. That amount was contained in one portion of the overall defense authorization bill for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009, that the full HASC will consider at a "markup" session on Wednesday. […]

Analysis: House Provisions Would Facilitate Funding Cuts For ABL, KEI, European GMD

Provisions in a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) strategic forces subcommittee defense authorization bill likely would provide ammunition for any legislators who might wish to cut funding for some ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs. Programs affected would include the Airborne Laser (ABL) and the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI), the two main efforts to kill enemy […]

AIAA Seeks Changes In Military Technology Export Rules (ITAR)

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) today alleged that U.S. rules restricting exports of American military technology are harming the U.S. aerospace industrial base, especially in satellite component sales. Further, the AIAA said the industry is facing a crisis, as it must replace an aging workforce of experienced, highly trained employees with security […]

House Authorizers Want More Ships, Irregular Warfare Executive Agent

By Emelie Rutherford Three House panels yesterday recommended changes to the White House’s proposed defense budget including tacking on up to four additional Navy ships, calling for irregular- warfare organizational changes in the Pentagon and adding nearly $1 billion for equipment readiness. The fiscal year 2009 ship changes recommended by the House Armed Services (HASC) […]

GWOT Supplemental Includes Funds For Super Hornets

By Emelie Rutherford The dual-year war-supplemental bill House and Senate lawmakers are expected to address next week includes at least $42 billion for buying systems including F/A-18 Super Hornet strike aircraft and an array of tactical vehicles. Aides said the version of the bill the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up next week […]

Thompson Bill Requires DHS To Work With Industry On Biometric Airport Security

By Calvin Biesecker New legislation introduced yesterday by the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to form a working group with industry stakeholders to help find the best way for airports nationwide to deploy interoperable biometric identification credentials and related access control systems for airport employees. […]

House Panel Orders Probes of Missile Defense Programs

By Dave Ahearn A House subcommittee yesterday pushed forward legislation ordering studies into missile defense programs, including the proposed European Missile Defense (EMD) system. The House Armed Services Committee strategic forces subcommittee authorization bill for fiscal 2009 orders the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Pentagon operational test and evaluation office to jointly form an […]